Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) adopts the following three views:
1. Incorruptible in body, speech and mind;
Through our collective experience over the last decade with democracy and the democratization process, we are witnessing the gradual rise of divisive politics among family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. Like any other detrimental offshoot suffocating societies worldwide, it seeks to widen its grip even within our small nation of just over 700,000 people.
Such current reality stands opposed and in stark contrast to what should be the case for a democratic Buddhist nation guided by the GNH philosophy and under the benevolent aspirations of our monarchs. As a political party under the strong leadership of Dasho Neten Zangmo, we firmly believe that one of our crucial responsibilities as a party is to rise above such divisive engagement and instead shoulder the sacred responsibility of deepening democracy, while encouraging robust dialogue and constructive discourse.
2. Beyond 5 years, Beyond Self
Often in the heat of elections exacerbated by the mindless pursuit of self-interest, it is easy to completely lose sight of the reason why we, the people of Bhutan, inherited this great gift of democracy from our monarchs in the first place. In its essence, ‘Democracy is a government of the people, by the people, for the people. As such, a healthy democracy must transcend party lines and instead empower societies to realize their capacity for goodness, their shared responsibility for self-governance and their confidence in the democratic process to lift the welfare of everyone in the present and future time. To this end, BKP will strive to always keep the welfare of this great nation within sight and be reminded that we are always representatives of the people, chosen by the trust that people place in us, to strive and realize the collective aspirations for all Bhutanese.
It is this foresight and shared concern for our nation, that commits us to conduct ourselves not for political expediency but rather, for posterity. We firmly believe that the fruits of an election extend beyond five years; that nation-building extends beyond five years; that the project of strengthening democracy extends beyond five years. Such a great responsibility to strive and better our nation will require careful nurturing and a lot of concern, hard work and a shared sense of kinship among ourselves. We pledge ourselves to embrace the upcoming national assembly election with grace, dignity and responsibility, thereby providing ourselves as a worthy alternative for the people of Bhutan.
3. Party Independence and Self-Reliance
However, in order for us to have the courage to redefine politics and strengthen democracy at the societal level, we must first be independent and self-reliant at our organizational level. By this we mean, independence in thought, speech and action, guided not by the interest of the powerful few but for the benefit of all Bhutanese. One manifestation of this very important principle is our self-funded nature; by so doing, we open up the opportunity to those who share our vision and principles to have an ownership of BKP by contributing in whatever ways one is able.
We firmly believe that resigning a party’s economic freedom to powerful donors is tantamount to abandoning a party’s commitment to its constituents, especially in instances (of which there will be many), where the party has to choose between serving the interest of the few versus the many. This will not happen with our party as inclusiveness is a paramount principle for us. Through this conscious choice to define ourselves as being answerable to our constituents, we reaffirm our commitment to serve our country and the entirety of our population under oath of allegiance to His Majesty the King and the guardian deities.
For BKP, such conviction arises from our unshakable belief in our culture’s age-old collective principle of Tha-Damtse Ley-Jumdre. For us, winning this election is very important because we do not have an opportunity to serve and enact our aspirations at a larger scale otherwise; but what is even more important to us is the means through which we gain our victory. Have we upheld our values passed down by our benevolent monarchs and our forefathers? Have we done our best to encourage people to think beyond the short-term campaign pledges of political parties? Have we helped empower people to realize the power that each individual has to shape our democracy? It is only if we can answer in the affirmative with a clean conscience and our heads held confidently upright that we have won at the end as a nation. It is only then, that ley-jumdre will play out its natural cycle to create a healthier democracy because the end never has and never will justify the means.