Corruption in Shangri-La
Even a country like Bhutan which is considered the happiest place on earth has to deal with the evils of corruption.
The last Shangri-La’ is how Bhutan is mostly referred to as people perceive it to be the happiest place on earth. Tourism and hydropower sectors are largely responsible for the country’s strong economic growth rates. Bhutan’s political elite is small and has demonstrated a consistent loyalty to the state and the king, who holds the veto power internally and has the authority to approve or reject bills of parliament. There is also an alleged external veto power, India, which provides considerable financial aid to Bhutan and accounts for 75 percent of its entire trade.
During the last decade, Bhutan has undergone expeditious modernization and democratization, including extensive reforms in the public sector. It emerged as the world’s youngest democracy in 2008, under the farsighted supervision and initiatives of the monarchy. There has been significant investment to upgrade the skills and knowledge of government and judicial officials through foreign technical assistance.
In recent years, Bhutan has made steady progress in improving the living conditions of its people by investing in Gross National Happiness (GNH). The GNH serves as a consolidated vision for Bhutan's five-year planning process and GNH indicators serve as a measure for developmental progress. The government is making efforts to base its policies on GNH while putting emphasis on corporate ethics, integrity and incorruptibility of the leadership. The prime minister