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Planting rice plants is more fun with two

Bhutan, one of the last remaining Himalayan kingdoms but as of next year it will be kingdom no more as in the land of the thunder dragon democratic elections will be held. The irony is that the majority of the Bhutanese people do not want a democracy as they love their king very much. In this years mock elections the Bhutanese people were teached how to vote, not on names but on color and the vast majority voted for the yellow party, which coincidently is also the color of the royal family.

Although it’s distinctlively different than all the other Himalayan kingdoms it’s not as exotic as I had hoped for. Present day Bhutan is a far cry from the hermit kingdom it once was. Brand new Japanese SUV’s dominating the streets prove that the Bhutanese have embraced the modern age and that the economy is booming.

Women planting rice in the Paro valley.
Especially when considering that the first automobile was introduced in the kingdom as late as in 1961 and since the first tv broadcast 1991 everybody can nowadays enjoy over 41 tv channels, mind you that’s more than we get in Holland on cable! But it was 2003 when Bhutan was finally proppelled into the 21st century with the introduction of Coca Cola in the small Himalayan kingdom.

Many tourist tout this as the real Shangri-la and this is widely believed and supported by the Bhutanese government although they didn’t know of it’s existence before the NGO’s came to work in Bhutan. It is these NGO’s that had brought the purity to the justice, educational and governing systems, all the Bhutanese had to do was to follow the foundations laid by these NGO’s. Even their much hyped and uniquely Gross National Hapiness index was not thought up by the Bhutanese but by a foreign NGO… L their index just dropped a point.

namuskryg says:
good comment. enjoyed reading !!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2010
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