• Concepts and Ideas

    Bhutan – Learning’s from a Little Country

    This is an update to my earlier post on Bhutan: http://destinationinfinity.wordpress.com/2008/01/13/bhutan-gross-national-happiness-democracy-and/ Somehow, I seem to be fascinated by the Bhutanese.  In these times, when the elected ‘representatives’ are more concerned about retaining their power by any means, there is a King in Bhutan who has introduced Democracy and given the right to the Parliament to remove him by a majority vote of no-confidence, which never existed before – in this mountainous kingdom. And no, people did not force this through a revolution. They were happy to have their King, and now they are happy to embrace Democracy. Their happiness comes through a concept introduced by the Bhutanese King – “Gross…

  • Concepts and Ideas

    Bhutan: Gross National Happiness, Democracy and ****

    Bhutan: Gross National Happiness, Democracy and **** Gross National Happiness: * The official criterion of the Bhutanese Govt to measure the Gross National Happiness is by the levels of environmental protection, cultural promotion, good governance and economic development. The last factor is only as important as the other three. * The king of Bhutan was responsible for the definition of development in terms of the Gross National Happiness of its people, instead of an abstract economic measurement such as GNP. * Bhutan has always emphasised that development can also be based on non-material values such as cultural, social and environmental values. The country has followed a traditional model of development…