Sustaining happiness

I’m in Phuentsholing, on my way back from a special trip to my constituency. I went there to receive Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, who visited Sombaykha and Gakiling in my constituency, and then to accompany the royal entourage to Dumtoe and Dorokha in Samtse.

Her Majesty trekked for eight straight days, from the freezing Tergo-la in Haa to the hot and humid Yaba-la in Samtse. She undertook this arduous journey – trudging in the cold winds and snow, in the rain among leeches, and in the sun in sweltering heat – to meet the people living in the remotest parts of Haa and Samtse. And Her Majesty met them in their villages and in their homes to tell them about reproductive health, to advocate family planning, and to warn them of the dangers of HIV/AIDS, drugs and excessive alcohol.

Pictured is Her Majesty in Rangtse enjoying a happy moment with the people of Gakiling. There, I was suddenly struck by the realization that Her Majesty’s journey to my constituency, and those through the length and breath of our country, was not just about reproductive health or HIV/AIDS; it was ultimately a campaign to ensure that the happiness of our people is sustainable.

I return to Thimphu today.


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  1. Anonymous says

    What a great country we have, with great leaders and great vision and great work!!!! I wished the Ministers took the walks too and I wishe sometimes they left thier comfortable offices and homes in Thimphu to make the similar ‘arduos tour ‘ too.

    there will be budget , if they want ….. there will be time if they make and there will be willingness , if there’s motivation.

  2. While our Royal Family labors to ensure collective happiness of all Bhutanese, the government is urging that we join the WTO soon.

    Where are our economic pundits? What are their analyses? People have spent time and money studying and analyzing the WTO and its relevance for Bhutan. OK, so what is the verdict? Why can’t this be made public so that we can understand what this is all about.

    I would be very interested to learn the views of the MoEA, DHI and the GNH commission on this issue. And no vague “we will benefit” reasons – specific provisions on how we will gain, or not gain from accession. With the global economy on a serious downturn, is this really a good time to hitch Bhutan onto the global economy?? I don’t know, I’ll wait for the pundits.

  3. I am not an economic pundit nor am I very ignorant about WTO. I think it is a good decision to join WTO. Get our name in there which is definitely a benefit for us in my view. We will never be overwhelmed by inward trade or business interest from outside since we are so small with a population that will not attract any conglomerates. I think we gain by joining BUT I am willing to hear the other side of the argument.

  4. Anonymous says

    i would suggest that until and unless we have a hard currency like in europe, usa, uk; we shoudnot join WTO. i am sure that these countries will dominate easily the small nation like ours with low rate of currency. it talk about all money in WTO, instead benefiting our country it will affect on economy of bhutan.

  5. Anonymous says

    i am sorry but i have to put this up. I have been reading about the contribution of the MPs salary towards sustaining thier offices and wondered how that worked. How is accounted for in the election commission. To me, its seems like an advantage over other parties and perhaps something only DPT is capable of right now. given, that PDP has only two members even if they wanted to contribute , it wouldn’t compare.

    Just a thought and i would appreciate if somebody could explain why is this happening.

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