GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - As a country that has given the concept of Gross National Happiness to the world, Bhutan keeps the interests of its citizens paramount, be it for health, education or a clean environment.
Outlining the thrust given by Thimphu to these ends, leading Bhutanese writer and senior journalist Gopilal Acharya also dwelt upon the strong foundations of Indo-Bhutan relations while interacting with the Guwahati-based scribes on Friday. He participated from Thimphu through video-conferencing as part of the Guwahati Press Club’s ‘Meet the Press’ programme.
“Led by the kings who have guided our nation from monarchy to democracy, Bhutan stands firmly with India. When the Chinese annexed Tibet in the late 1950s, Bhutan sealed off its northern border. The visit of Pandit Nehru in 1958 was a watershed moment for Indo-Bhutan relations and since then Bhutan’s ties with India has remained firm. This kind of friendship and trust is important for resolution of conflicts like the one we saw in Doklam,” Acharya said.
Talking about primary health benefits for the Bhutanese citizens that are fully underwritten by the government, Acharya revealed that a few private diagnostics centres have sprung up in Thimphu. “For advanced medical referrals, our people go to Siliguri, Kolkata or Bangalore. In this context, Guwahati can emerge as a major health destination for us,” Acharya pointed out.