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Bhutan's Quadrilemma: To Join or Not Join the WTO, That Is the Question
This article argues that Gross National Happiness (GNH) must take on concrete objectives and time-frames if it is to be a serious national policy of Bhutan. Within that context, the article specifical...
Putting Gross National Happiness in the Service of Good Development
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Cherry Picking in Bhutan
This article criticizes conventional economic policy claiming that it disadvantages smaller nations and ignores important economic considerations. The author examines Bhutan’s policy of Gross Nation...
Trade, Development, and the Broken Promise of Interdependence: A Buddhist Reflection on the Possibility of Post-market Economics
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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...
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 Myth and the Mystery of Aja Nye
This article discusses the sacred site of Aja Nye (a brgya gnas), a three day walk from Mongar Dzong in Bhutan. Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in a cave at this spot, and subsequently a hundr...
Myth, Legend and History Surrounding Dungsam
This article is filled with history, stories, and anecdotes about the Dungsam region of Bhutan which comprises the districts of Pemagatshel and Samdrup Jongkhar. The author bases his work mainly on or...
Demise of Tongphu Gyalpo
This article presents several oral myths from Thridangbi village in Mongar, Bhutan about a king of the Tongphu valley who was killed for ordering the removal of a mountain. The story serves to explain...
Finding Happiness in Wisdom and Compassion – The Real Challenge for an Alternative Development Strategy
This paper argues that policies such as Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness offer a sustainable and responsible approach to development that take into account the interdependence of culture, governanc...
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