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Newspapers are increasingly using the term “Non-Nationals” to refer to Non-Bhutanese people.

This is not good.

The issue has been debated in the past. There was a time when the term “Non-National” was even used officially. But the government has realized the mistake.

It is high time newspapers realize it too.

The term means that the referred foreigner doesn’t have a nationality. It fails to respect the identity of the individual. It is also a very xenophobic statement to make.

We, as journalists, should be a bit more careful about such issues.