Bhutan, the world’s first carbon negative country

On 18/9/2016, Suresh uncle, who was a teacher and a resident of Bhutan, gave an awareness program on Bhutan. Two of his Bhutanese students, who are currently in Coimbatore, drove all their way to give our students insight into their country. Listed below are the points I gathered from them.

1.       This country is called Drugale, the land of thunder dragon and sandwiched between India and China.

2.       Bhutan is a monarchy and people are proud of their kings. The 2nd king’s birthday is commemorated by planting two saplings. The 3rd king promoted education and the 4th king is the father of modern Bhutan.

3.       The Bhutanese has gold, which denotes secularism, a dragon, which denotes purity and jewels, which denotes health.

4.       There is a peculiar animal in Bhutan called Tankin, which is a hybrid of a cow and a goat.

5.       They biggest peak is Mt. Jomolhari. Tiger is their national animal and they have 108 stupas in their country.

6.       Dress denotes what section of the society they belong to. Yellow robes are worn only by king and religious head. Orange by their ministers and white by the common man.

7.       Bejra is the ancient Buddhist dance.

8.       Timpu airport is one of the most treacherous airports in the world and only eight pilots have the licence to land the plane in it.

9.       Bhutan was the first country in the world to lay aside GDP and promote GNH (Gross National Happiness). This is the only country in the world which gives importance to happiness, then their growth.

The four main points they focus on are

I.            Sustainable economic growth

II.            Preservation of environment

III.            Good governance

IV.            Preservation of culture

Suresh uncle told us that the king gave him a coronation coin which he cherishes. Uncle showed us the coin. In fact, he gave me a lovely bag from Bhutan as a gift: The reason: He observed that I was the only person in the crowd who took notes.

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