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Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan is a small country in South-East Asia. Bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east and west, Bhutan is one of the few countries that is still ruled by the king. Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan. Bhutan is also popularly known as Druk Yul-Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Bhutan has total area of 46,500 square kilometer and around seven hundred thousand people live there. Bhutan has subtropical plains in the southern part whereas high himalayas in the north. There are many high mountains that have been sources of tourists attraction.

Dzongkha is an official language although majority of people speak Nepali. There are even smaller groups of people like Sarchhops who speak their own dialect. Drukpas are said to be the natives of Bhutan. Bhutanese follow Buddhism although many people still practice Hinduism. The Bhutanese men wear “gho” and the women wear “Kira” which are national dresses of Bhutan.

Ethnic Nepalis lived in Bhutan for more than four hundred years before being expelled in early 90s. Bhutan enacted one nation, one people policy that was further strengthened by Citizenship Act of 1985. As a result of this, people revolted against the absolute monarchy to safeguard rights of ethnic-Nepalis. There was a mass and peaceful movement launched by the ethnic-Nepalis in 1990 which did not yield any fruit. As analyzed by many, there was not a good leadership and many people were not aware of what was going on. That ended up turning hundreds of thousands of people into refugees.

Former king Jigme Singye Wangchhuk infamously introduced the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) to swindle international communities to make them believe the Bhutanese people are indeed happy. He also introduced democracy in Bhutan in 2008 although the country is still headed by his son and king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchhuk. There are two political parties in Bhutan. Tshering Tobgye is the current prime minister of Bhutan.

Bhutan has been a member of UN since 1971 and it also has the membership of SAARC.

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Syracuse, New York 13208
United States of America
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