Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative: It takes work to be a democracy!


Some of you may be interested in following what is happening in Bhutan after it has decided to become a democratic nation. The concept of “Gross National Happiness” as against GNP that they have adopted has been much talked about. However, Bhutan is facing its own set of problems with globalization related aspirations influencing the youth in a big way, as in any other country. Given below is a link about a programme started by one of the Buddhist Monks from Bhutan but not as a religious initiative but as a social initiative to ensure that the traditional and cultural values of Bhutan come to her support in these changing times. Very interesting initiative.

“Bhutan is a democracy now. So far things have gone well. But we citizens now have to shoulder responsibility without someone else having to tell us. It is a matter of fulfilling our responsibilities without the prodding of a cowherd.”

  –Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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