The Kingdom of Bhutan may be the mysterious nation settled in the heart of the himalayans, but isn’t as isolated from the rest of the world as it used to be. The kingdom known for its “peace” has also come under a lot of scrutiny after expelling 1/5th of its Nepali population in the name of preserving its Tibetan Buddhist culture.
Today, voices of dissent along with voices from the government are widely available on the internet. After a few months of monitoring Bhutan on Twitter, we came up with a list of top eight Twitter accounts to follow for news on Bhutan.
1. Bhutan Observer
Bhutan Observer is good for news on Bhutan’s trans-national relations.
Bangladesh may bring SEA closer to south Asia: Not only that, the neighbouring country is also eager to serve … http://t.co/xv6ALZ1Ynk
— Bhutan Observer (@bhutanobserver) February 17, 2014
2. Bhutan News Service
This is a website run by Bhutanese refugees that have settled in the US. The twitter handle often links to news and op-eds on living as refugees.
Refugees in Seattle call on US Congressman http://t.co/KQiyeuD9wO
— Bhutan News Service (@bnewsservice) January 24, 2014
3. Namgay Zam
Zam writes in English, in both her blog and her Twitter. She is a supporter of Monarchy and tweets regularly about daily life in Bhutan.
— Namgay Zam (@namgayzam) February 15, 2014
4. Bhutan Broadcasting
The Twitter account of Bhutan Broadcasting is good for links to their live-videos. The links sometimes take you to a Bhutanese language page, which can be difficult to understand sometimes.
Foreign Minister leads Bhutanese delegation to SAARC meeting | BBS http://t.co/sENvZQ6aUk
— Bhutan Broadcasting (@BBSBhutan) February 17, 2014
5. The Bhutanese
The Bhutanese calls itself an investigative news network, and delivers breaking news to op-eds. We like the editorials!
— The Bhutanese (@newsbhutan) January 6, 2014
6. Business Bhutan
A great source of business news from Bhutan. The tweets provide great summaries of on-going business news, but our only issue is that the website does not work.
A Drukair roundtrip to Mumbai has a promotional fare of Nu 16,100+ taxes. More in today’s Business Bhutan.
— Business Bhutan (@business_bhutan) February 1, 2014
7. Bhutan Times
This is a website made by anonymous Bhutanese bloggers (in their own words). We like them because they are funny, and always have witty replies (and a very active twitter feed).
@there4u_always Yep. Anyway, in time we will figure out this thing called democracy. Right now we’re stuck with some crazydemons!
— Bhutan Times (@BhutanTimes1) February 2, 2014
8. Dorji Wangchuk
Wangchuk is a journalist by choice (in his own words). He is quite diplomatic and polite in his twitter feed, but also posts pictures from the ground, which we love!
Here comes the Sun. Perfect to warm up my guest lecture for history students today. Topic – Who are we? As a nation pic.twitter.com/P0v0NuLmfk
— Dorji Wangchuk (@Dorji_Wangchuk) February 17, 2014
If you disagree on the list, or think someone should be added, message us! If you are interested in writing about Bhutan or other South Asian countries, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are on the lookout for the best contributors to our site.