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Towards a New Conceptualization of Gross National Happiness and Its Foundations
This article seeks to articulate the centrality of morality within Gross National Happiness (GNH). The author critiques the current models of development which are predominately amoral. Citing the mo...
Security of Bhutan: Walking Between the Giants
A review of Bhutan's security issues in light of its position between India and China. Bhutan's relationship with its two neighbors has largely been defined by Chinese claims on Bhutanese territory. W...
A Historical Background of the Chhoetse Penlop
This article presents the history of the Chhoetse Pönlop (chos rtse dpon slob), a title of the governor of eastern Bhutan whose seat is at Trongsa Dzong (drong gsar rdzong). The article traces the po...
The Historical Anecdotes of Kheng Nobilities
This article relies manly on oral sources in order to trace the history of the Kheng noble clans of Bhutan, including the Dung (gdung), Koche (kho che), Gadpo (rgad po), and Pönpo (dpon po). The poli...
Secularism and the Buddhist Monastery of Pemayangtse in Sikkim
This article is an in-depth study of the Pemayangtse (pad ma yang rtse) monastery in Sikkim. It explores the historical relationship between the monastery and the religious monarchy of Sikkim. ...
The Dzumsa of Lachen: An Example of a Sikkimese Political Institution
The village of Lachen, about 50 kilometers from the Chinese border in Sikkim's North District, still maintains a traditional political system known as Dzumsa ('dzoms sa). The article surveys the organ...
Constructing Sikkimese National Identity in the 1960s and 1970s
This article explores the conscious creation of a national identity within Sikkim before it became part of India in 1975. It reviews theories of national identity construction and how those apply to t...
'That he May Take Due Pride in the Empire to Which He Belongs': The Education of Maharajah Kumar Sidkeon Namgyal Tulku of Sikkim
This article traces the life and education of the Crown Prince (Kumar) of Sikkim, Sidkeon Namgyal. He grew up at a turbulent time, with Sikkim coming under increasing control of the British. The artic...
The Symbolic and Functional Significance of the Chhoetse Penlop: A Tribute to the Sixteenth Chhoetse Penlop
This short piece celebrates the Bhutanese monarchy on the occasion of the Crown Prince Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk's ascension as the 16th Chhoetse Ponlop (chos rtse dpon slob). The article gi...
Two Early Sources for the History of the House of Sde-dge
In this article van der Kuijp compares Tibetan sources for the history of the royal family of Degé (sde dge). Two biographies written by a monk named Ugyenpa (u rgyan pa) in 1295 and 1304 respectivel...
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