An authoritarian happy place

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28 Apr 2007

The 28 April issue of the Economist includes some inconvenient facts about
Bhatan. Inconvenient, that it, for those who praise the Himalayan kingdom for having Gross National Happiness, rather than GDP, as a national goal:

* The Bhutanese are obliged to wear knee-length tunics and full-length
dresses in public.

* It is run by a council of royally approved ministers.

* Parliament¹s members are either elected, Buddhist clergy or picked by the

* The Nepali speaking and Hindu minority has suffered discrimination. They
were forced to wear Buddhist costume and prove their right to citizenship by
obeying strict rules.

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