I like the way our women said Jadha to ada-rachu

When the rest of the world is concerned about women not wearing anything at all, we find ourselves in the midst of a debate dictating what women should wear. While we are clearly ignoring bigger and much immediate issue at hand, for instance, should monks be required to wear red underwears or should they be allowed to wear their usual leopard-print thongs? Now, this is something we all should be talking about, isn’t it?

But no, we have a long history of recurring stupidity especially with bureaucrats dictating something ridicules, realizing it was foolish and rescinding it later like nothing happened. To name few, the pedestrian day, the tobacco ban, and Zhemgang Dzongkhag’s buffoonish decision of making everyone wear gho. Which is ridiculous because most villagers in Zhemgang wear gho all day long and use ghos and kiras as a blanket at night. (Even they were apparently pissed off about the rule.)

All in the name of culture, you want to make our women throw away their colourful rachus when it has been in use as long as anyone remembers? Which in a way makes it a tradition in itself. Speaking of tradition, our forefathers didn’t wear underwears, they trudged the harsh Himalayas bare-ass and barefoot. If the pursuit of upholding the tradition demands women to wear ada rachus, then shouldn’t the same justly require all men to strip themselves of this abominable western invention called the ‘underwear’ and expose their bare genitals like our forefathers proudly did?

One thing our folks at the Ministry of Home did not understand and gets my goat the most is that culture is not decided overnight by a group of men; It is passed on from generations to generations. For example, the Sarshops have the beautiful tradition of Serga Mathang, which is just another excuse to screw one’s cousin that they somehow managed to preserve to this day. (You know your uncle’s daughter is your sister right? Ashole.)

On a totally unrelated instance; if you enter BBS office premises, you will be required to wear the National dress with formal shoes. If you go there wearing sneakers, you will be asked to take it off at the gate and enter their office barefoot. Because their office is a Dzong and their CEO is a Dzongda. Apparently, they live in a delusional world where they think that they are a valid governmental organization. It will be a matter of time before you will be required to take compulsory etiquette classes and wear kabneys just to enter their offices, and anyone who does not follow would be tased with an electric taser and seared with hot-iron. Speaking of searing with a hot-iron, many years ago, Gelephu and Sarpang police used to harass and jail people who didn’t wear national dress in the town. They would often put the culprits in the back of their pickup truck and drop them far off in the forest and make them walk all the way back.

My point is, if we have to harass individuals in the street to wear our national dress or force women to throw their flowery rachus away, then we have lost the very essence of it. It is our pride to wear the National dress. We do it out of an immense sense of love and respect for our country. That is why we do not find a single Bhutanese entering a Dzong without wearing a Gho.

It is one thing to educate and encourage people and leave it to their choice, quite another to force it on them. Things have changed. We live in the glorious era of Globalization. Internet’s at our fingertip enabling us to watch porn without having to go to Osang Video Library, yet it is astonishing to see how we still try to shove down other’s collective throats and dictate how one should lead their lives with rules coined during the times when we were still collecting wild mushrooms. Please know that it is a democracy and any effort of subjugation will be faced with a huge middle-finger from the public.

Comment, mortals


  1. Absolutely true. Very insightful article put in a humourous way. Loved it.

  2. It to it will not pass for nothing.

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