Economic empire under social service disguise

The wangchuk dynasty not only has its economic dominance, it also expands its hands in all forms of social activities in its best effort to look good in the face of isolated Bhutanese society.

This is an open secret that most donations and money these days are poured into social organisations. In many countries, the charities are not scanned, so is the case in Bhutan.

The people have not been given opportunity to serve the society. This is to create a utopia that it is only royal that have the authority to serve the society. The initiation by the royal members to form social organisation began in early 1981, before getting married to the king but had already produced numerous children through illegal sex relations, the period when normal citizens of the country were restricted from opening any organisation.

Though today, the crooked wangchuks claimed, the served the people, it was under suppression that they established these orgs, only after ensuring that other citizens of the country will not establish such organisations.

Jigme Singye’s mother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck is patron of the Bhutan Foundation.

Jigme Singye’s wife Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck is Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation and the President of the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF). YDF runs Youth Development and Rehabilitation Centre in Thimphu.

Bhutan Nun Foundation’s Patron is Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. Tarayana Foundation was established in 2003 by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

A royal relative and writer Ashi Kunzang Choden is the Trustee and director of the Loden Foundation, for Bhutan.

Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck founded RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women) in 2004 as a non-governmental organization

Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (RSPCA) is a non-profit organization established in 1999 is being patronized under Ashi Thsering Yangdon Wangchuck. National Women Association of Bhutan was established by Ashi Sonam Choden Wangchuk. And the Royal Society for Protection of Nature is functioning under the direct supervision of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Last year, when there was earthquake in eastern Bhutan, it was king who ordered that all donations that comes for the earthquake hit people must be collected in the royal trust. The prime minister who had established similar trust soon after coming to power failed to get a penny. All support extended went to king’s pocket.

In all these royal organisations, there have never been any investigations over the misuse of the fund. It was absolutely impossible for the state mechanism to scrutinize the account of these orgs and this has not changed even after the so called democracy.

The money collected in the name of earthquake victims have not been made public. No one in Bhutan knows how much amount was collected and how much has been used so far. We also don’t have the details of the funding structure and annual financial reports of all organisations run by the royal family members.

This is clear that wangchuks have expanded their empire on whole of national economy not only through business foundations and companies but also through social organisation. It was the very reason why normal citizens were restricted from opening organisations.


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