Balancing Happiness and Expectations: A Chilip’s View

Gross National Happiness (GNH)

After two weeks living in Bhutan and a series of discussions with locals and policy experts working in the country, I can’t help but reflect on just how hard it is to implement the country’s governing philosophy, Gross National Happiness (GNH). The key challenge at hand in Bhutan is finding the right balance between GNH’s four foundational pillars:

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Bhutanese Films: Interrupted

Gyalsey - the legacy of a Prince

“Gyalsey – The legacy of a Prince”, is in a league of its own. The film is quietly brilliant. My husband summed it up pretty well: Jamyang (actor/director) understands, and has successfully shown us that less is more. Continue Reading

Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley’s Speech at the UN

Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Thinley at the UN

Jigme Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan, delivered the following speech at the general Debate of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York on the 28th of September, 2012.

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ULFA Re-grouping in Southern Bhutan

Nearly a decade after they were flushed out from their well-entrenched camps in southern Bhutan, the Paresh Barua-led faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is making attempts to re-build its base in the densely-forested region, says an assessment made by the intelligence agencies.

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Bhutan and China, and India

India's chicken neck

India’s strategic concerns about China arise from its emergence as the most influential player in Asia with the ability to shape the future balance of power that could be detrimental to Indian interests. Continue Reading