The tiny kingdom of Bhutan is pitching for a Buddhist approach to economics citing concerns beyond a country’s financial health. The term GNH was coined in the 1970s by Bhutan’s fourth king, who famously pronounced that for his country, Gross National Happiness was more important than Gross National Product.
Vishal Arora is a New Delhi, India-based journalist, photojournalist and video journalist, who travels for stories on politics, culture, religion, foreign affairs and human rights, primarily but not exclusively in South and Southeast Asia. His work has been published in the Guardian, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, USA Today, World Politics Review, Nikkei Asian Review, Bangkok Post, The Diplomat, Religion News Service, and many other outlets in the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Thailand and India. He is formerly the features editor of the Caravan Monthly, India’s first and only narrative journal of politics and culture. He has also worked as an editor with Indo-Asian News Service, India’s largest private news agency. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.