Have you ever heard of BHUTAN? It's a tiny country of 800,000 people, sandwiched between India and China in the Himalayan mountains.I arrived here just 2 days ago, and it has REALLY fascinated me in terms of cleanliness, friendliness and natural beauty. Bhutan is unique. It's innovative. They take great measures to protect their cultural identity and natural environment, which consists of 72% forest. There are many other things that Bhutan does, which puts them in another league when compared to the rest of the world. BHUTAN IS THE WORLD'S ONLY COUNTRY WHO:- has banned the sale and consumption of tobacco- absorbs more CO2 than it gives out, making them 'carbon negative'- largest export is renewable energy- measures their country's prosperity by happiness, not wealth- can sentence you to life in prison for killing an endangered animalProtecting their environment has had a positive correlation with the happiness of its people — Bhutan consistently ranks as the happiest country in Asia and top 10 in the world overall. Maybe the rest of the world should take their lead?In this video, I did my best to sum up Bhutan in less than 4 minutes. This will be the first of 5 (possibly 6) videos on the country. Stay tuned to learn more!Follow Drew Binsky for daily travel videos, and come say hi on Insta @drewbinsky 🙂 Music: Epidemic Sound
Posted by Drew Binsky on Sunday, July 15, 2018
I was offended by the use of “chaotic” to refer to India & China.I also dislike the way the massive ethnic displacement of Nepali migrants in Bhutan is casually airbrushed. I called Drew out on that and it sparked a mini-thread on the column.
I do think the “third” world must enact a “mirroring” policy, which replicates visa processes on a reciprocal basis. Passport privilege is the last and most pervasive privilege as it is protected by law.India, China, Pakistan and other such countries should make sure that Western nationals have the same visa processes that they’re citizens have in going to the West.
I deeply dislike some of the casual and condescending comments I see Westerners make about the East (I should really write on the AlphaGo movie I saw at ICML but again that’s deep thinking that doesn’t suit my social mediaesque surface level observations – I leave deep thinking to my wife). Diasporas are in fact deeply unhealthy and I admit that I am a member of a diaspora.
If I had been resident of either Pakistan and/or Iran or even India; maybe my relative progressiveness would have helped my society. Of course the fact that there is a Western option means that a good chunk of the sub-elite (the layer above the middle classes but below the ruling classes) will evaporate to the West.The “sub-elite” is an important constituency because they aren’t as hide-bound as the middles but not nearly as powerful as the ruling castes of the third world.
When they disappear because of migration they take with them thoughts, ideas and sometimes irreplaceable skills. I must sound like a complete hypocritical since I’m a Briton of foreign extraction and I do benefit from the various privileges that accrue from it. I do think though that for a more equitable world that we must go “back home” and effect reform.I can’t participate in politics because of my faith (too partisanal and conflictual) but I always tell Vidhi that I can see her as Indira II. Didn’t Indira have a vaguely Muslimish-Pars type husband as well (why wasn’t Feroze called Pirouz as per the authentic orthography)..
As an aside my aspersions on Feroze Gandhi’s background has a very good basis. I had recently heard of an interfaith marriage between a Hindu and a Parsi. However since I basically belong to the Eastern Iranian orbit (Persi-AfPak-India) I could immediately tell that something was off with the name of the Parsi spouse to be. The name was derived from a modern Iranian city that Parsis would never use and just struck me as wrong (Parsis just aren’t connected to modern Iran; they are culturally Hindus with roots in ancient Persia, there is very little of modern Iran in them). It soon transpired that the father was Parsi and the mother Muslim but that they were saying Parsi to avoid the implications of a Hindu/Muslim match.