I take this opportunity to express my happiness in being part of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival 2015. Given that Bhutan is the very country that coined the term “Gross National Happiness”, I hope that this festival will contribute to that objective in some measure. Bhutan is one of the very few countries that have remained independent down the ages. Bhutanese people have successfully defended their sovereignty and I am certain that this emanates from independence and clarity of thought. In that sense, there can be no better place to hold a literature festival! I look forward to being there.