His Majesty, the fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck appeared in the May 8, 2006 issue of Time and was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 People Who Shape Our World in 2006. His reign is marked by phenomenal development. Roads and bridges, schools and hospitals, basic services in agriculture and livestock now reach deep into the remote corners of the country. Bhutan has also made tremendous progress in the field of communications, hydroelectric power development, financial sector, environmental protection, and industrial and infrastructural development during the king’s reign. His ‘revolutionary’ Buddhist views help us to understand the bridge between the medieval past and the future.
Om Bar in Thimphu is adjacent to a disco and karaoke pool hall. Western influence has penetrated the nightlife in Thimphu. Unlike their parents who grew up in isolation from the outside world, the youth are connected to the world through technology. Media cannot be avoided and its impact is visible.