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The Silent Cost of Shangri-La? The Human Rights Controversy in Bhutan

For many in the Western Buddhist world, Bhutan has become a quasi-mythical land. Bhutan is an officially Buddhist Kingdom with ties to internationally popular...

Open letter to Tshering Tobgay

Tshering Tobgay President Peoples Democratic Party Drizang Lam, Lower Motithang Thimphu, Bhutan Dear Mr. President, The first and foremost achievement that Bhutan made after one hundred years reign of the system...

Exiled parties congratulate Tobgay for ‘landslide’ victory

Political parties in exile have congratulated the would be Prime Minister cum President of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Tshering Tobgay, for the party's victory...

Why Bhutan’s “Gross National Happiness” is a joke

Recently, Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley, who traveled to the United States this week to speak at Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum, told Al Jazeera that, “In Bhutan even the street dogs seem to be smiling.” Article 9 of Bhutan’s constitution puts it simply: “The State shall strive to promote those conditions that will enable the pursuit of Gross National Happiness.” To a lay person, being happy means having clothes to keep warm during the freezing Himalayan winter and having money to buy medication when a family member is sick. To this person, Gross National Happiness might mean living in a house with family and working the farm, instead of living in slum by the side of the road doing unpaid, compulsory labor for the government.
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