New Delhi:  Asking India to not only lead the region but also the world and take centre-stage in global affairs, Bhutan on Tuesday supported its ‘indisputable right’ to get a permanent seat in an enlarged UN Security Council.

Delivering the 4th Prof Hiren Mukherjee Memorial annual Parliamentary lecture on "National happiness: A holistic paradigm for sustainable development" at the Central Hall of Parliament, Bhutan Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley said it is an obligation of India to be among those who set the global agenda and have a profound role in shaping the destiny of mankind.

"We must, together, contribute positively to the making of a harmonious and cooperative SAARC....All of our nations stand to benefit not only economically from growing trade in goods and services and investment flows but from the peace and stability each of us needs to attend to the challenges of delivering what our voters and constituencies need.

To this end, India must show the way. She must lead not only the region but the world," he said.

He said as the largest democracy and as a powerful and rapidly expanding economy representing 17 percent of humanity, it is the "obligation of India to be among those who, in a real sense, set the global agenda and have a profound role in shaping the destiny of mankind." 
 
Supporting India for a permanent seat at the UN, the Prime Minister said, "Bhutan, like so many other countries, believes in the indisputable right of India to be permanently seated in an enlarged UN Security Council." 

The Bhutan PM felt India has the wisdom and the capacity to make a difference.

"I believe this great nation can do more not only on the domestic front but in the international fora to bring about a more responsible international response to the threats of an ecological catastrophe...I am confident that India will play a positive, decisive and central role at the RIO+20 where the fate of humanity may, very well, be determined," Thinley said.

Calling for establishing a new architecture for genuine and progressive development of human society, he said various attempts are being made to develop indices that are more comprehensive and promote sustainable human wellbeing.

In this regard, he talked about the establishment of Gross National Happiness (GNH) as his country's purpose of development by the 4th King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck. He said the primary role of the state must be to create enabling conditions for any citizen who chooses to pursue happiness.

Thinley said ever since GNH was introduced to the world as an alternate development paradigm at the UNDP Asia-Pacific Millennium Summit in 1998, more than 25 years after its application in Bhutan, it has become a popular subject of global discourse.

Various comparative indices have similarly shown Bhutan as being among the happiest country in the world, he said.

Earlier, the Bhutanese prime minister was welcomed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, in the presence of a number of Parliamentarians, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

(Agencies)