Volume : 3, Issue : 3, JUL 2019


Kankhita Sharma


Progress and development have been a fundamental preoccupation of all human societies. But what drives this endeavour? What does and what should constitute the meaning of happiness. The Royal Government of Bhutan had come up with an engaging articulation of what they have referred to as a whole ‘New Paradigm of Development’. It has been found that our present understandings of happiness and development lay at the root of the challenges like climate change. The report submitted by the Bhutanese government to the UN has identifies the challenges and possibilities associated with this new understanding of development. This article makes a critical assessment of the same.


Happiness, development, paradigm.

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  3. (UN SG’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda , 2012)