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Kumar Gurung 
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Re: “A Rainy Day for Gross National Happiness

"No Way To Praise Bhutan"
Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a big Bhutanese Joke!
Bhutan has to pay back US $1.5 million to my father, had International Court of Justice (ICJ) been instituted to prosecute a country by an individual. My father had four cardamom farms in Bhutan that produce 8.8 tons of cardamom annually. We were F1 citizens (Genuine Bhutanese) and had two two-storied houses, 10.9 acres of productive land and 17 plus cattle.
In 1980s, the forth King Jigme Singay Wangchuk regarded a growing ethnic Nepali population as a demographic and cultural threat. He then enacted discriminatory citizenship laws directed against ethnic Nepali population. He did adopt a policy, "One nation one people" which means one religion, one language, one dress, and one culture in the country of multi-ethnic communities.
Nepali language classes were banned in the schools and books were burnt. Fines were imposed for wearing Nepali costumes & speaking Nepali language. Torture and rape episodes rose up. Nepali pupils did not get enrollment in the schools. Repeatedly the government officials, police and armed forces raped Nepali-speaking girls. My cousin was hung up; uncle was thrown to the river while going to appeal the government for the establishment of fundamental human rights in the country. My father had a narrow escape and older brother was imprisoned for 18 months for giving company to the peaceful move in 1990. Because of torture, he was mentally disordered but now he is recovered. Hundreds of innocent people were killed, many were injured and about 150,000 are exiled. Isn't Gross National Happiness a big Bhutanese joke?

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Posted by Kumar Gurung on 04/11/2016 at 4:04 PM

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