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Inside India's first department of happiness
by Soutik Biswas

BBC News    Translate This Article
30 January 2017

On 30 January 2017 BBC News reported: A village in India's Madhya Pradesh state was recently the venue for a government-sponsored programme to ''spread cheer and happiness''. . . . The fun and games were part of a week-long Happiness Festival in India's second largest state, home to more than 70 million people. They also provided a glimpse of the rollout of the country's first state-promoted project to ''to put a smile on every face''. . . . ''We are trying to get people out of homes, come together, and be happy. The aim is to forget the worries of life and enjoy together,'' said Shobhit Tripathi, a senior village council functionary. At the heart of this project is the newly-formed Department of Happiness - the first of its kind in India - helmed by the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The yoga-loving three-term 57-year-old leader of the ruling BJP believes the ''state can help in ensuring the mental well being of its people''. A newly formed State Institute of Happiness [is] tasked with the responsibility of ''developing tools of happiness'' and creating an ''ecosystem that would enable people to realise their own potential of inner well being''. The department also plans to run some 70 programmes and develop a Happiness Index for the state. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

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