Bhutan’s politics of happiness

Bhuddist monks turn prayer wheels at a monastery in Bhutan (photo:dpa)
Bhuddist monks turn prayer wheels at a monastery in Bhutan (photo:dpa)

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan has placed itself on the global map by proposing an alternative way of measuring a country’s performance and success. Its Gross National Happiness index is another social and economic indicator on top of the conventional way of measuring economic output through Gross Domestic Product. GNH is now being discussed by the United Nations as Bhutan finds ways of combining the modern world with its traditional core values.

BHUTAN, the tiny Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between the high Tibetan mountains of China to the north and India to the south, has gone global with a novel measure for a country’s well-being.

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