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History, hagiocracy and happiness in Bhutan : Comments

By Winton Bates, published 16/1/2013

The Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, famously asserted during the 1970s that 'Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product'.

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"Is that why Bhutan beckons? Is it the challenge to spend more time on mountains geographical or metaphorical - aiming to live in harmony with nature and our neighbours and to seek goodness and enlightenment?"

Quite a review. Tim Fischer is one of the more interesting ex politicians around. As a mere Public Servant I sat next to him in Parliament House, during a demonstration of new fangled video hookup technology.

I think it was the day he was deposed as Deputy PM. Unfortunately I didn't talk to him.

Posted by plantagenet, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:59:05 PM
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