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The road from Bhutan- REPRODUCTION

Starting over is often frightening and seldom easy. There are always those items too precious to easily part with, no matter the circumstances around...

Historical Revisionism: Undoing the Done

Could an old wise saint who guards a church and waters the garden around it have led a gang? Bits and pieces of any history...

Be happy, not just rich

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the need for an economic paradigm that incorporates social and environmental progress in efforts to achieve sustainable development. The Secy...

In the Country of GNH

BY S. B. SUBBA: The Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley speaks of equity and just in his every addresses. But, his ruthless treatment with injustice and unfair social welfare to the laborers who are in fact the back bone of the infrastructural developments could be easily interpreted. When the salary of the government employees and the MPs were revised two times in the span of three years, the wage of the laborers remained stagnant to Rs. 100 per day with hard labour from 7 am till 5pm. Although the labour Act 2007 enacted probably sans economic welfare as if the escalating price does not affect the poor. The constitution says that Bhutan is a secular country and the king is the custodian of all the religions. The Buddhist philosophy and principles of respect, tolerance and co-existence is the fundamental guiding factor and pivot that GNH revolves on [...]

Britain to learn GNH tactics from Bhutan

The British government is poised to join the Kingdom of Bhutan and a handful of other countries in attempting to officially monitor happiness, the...

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.

Vermont GNH conference sees dark side

A group of some ex-refugees from Bhutan participated in the first Gross Hational Happiness (GNH) conference held in Burlington,Vermont of the US from...

Thinley flies to Brazil to attend GNH conference

 Nov 18: Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley has left for Brazil to attend the much hyped conference on Gross National Happiness. The country is hosting...
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