The Mighty Manas River and the Future of “SHE”

This is the article I published in my blog [sangayw.blogspot.com] in 2nd August 2011. When I migrated to wordpress, I couldn't migrate my earlier writings. The same is reproduced here. The Manas River is a trans-boundary river in the Himalayan foothills between southern Bhutan and India. It is named after Manasa, the serpent god in Hindu Mythology. It is the [...]

What can we learn from current Australian bush fires – My opinion piece for Kuensel (January 11, 2020)

Let me start by putting Australian bush fires into perspective. The 2019 Amazon rainforest fires burned more than 900,000 hectares. California in the USA, which is known for its deadly wildfires burnt just over 100,000 hectares in 2019, and about 400,000 hectares in 2018. Australian bushfire has already burnt over 6 million hectares (almost twice [...]

Gungtong – A complicated phenomenon

My preliminary assessment of Gungtong is revealing some interesting local political dynamics. When I say "local political", I'm referring to the Gungtong data that is maintained and reported by local leaders to the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. The first problem is the lack of a clear definition of Gungtong. While Gungtong, in general, [...]