Or­ganic Land

Bhutan is one coun­try that se­ri­ously ex­plores its land re­sources for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple. By Zee­shan Ahmed

Southasia - - CONTENTS -

Bhutan, can be de­scribed as a small coun­try, with great am­bi­tions. It has al­ways showed that its lands are not the only thing that sep­a­rate it from the world. This fas­ci­nat­ing, al­most myth­i­cal unique­ness started cre­at­ing waves in the 1970s, when the coun­try dis­missed the tra­di­tional idea of GDP (Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct) as the sole eval­u­a­tion of progress. In­stead it put for­ward and nur­tured the con­cept of GNH (Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness). They be­lieved that the de­vel­op­ment of a na­tion should be judged by how happy its cit­i­zens were.

The pros­per­ity of the coun­try de­pends on how well the cit­i­zens are, and also how the state of its en­vi­ron­ment is. This eco­nomic frame­work has been a sub­ject of in­ter­est at the UN through the years, and as a de­vel­op­ment model, has been backed by many lead­ers from coun­tries such as France and Bri­tain. Be­cause of its odd be­liefs in terms of

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