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Sino- Bhutan border issue: A bone of contention

Bhutan has been buffering the friction between two Asian giants since early times of Independent India. Bhutan’s border with both the neighbor has remained ill-defined as much of the work of boundary demarcation depended on Indian surveyors. The northern border prior to 1959 was maintained with Tibet, that happened to be the origin of Drukpa […]

Published on Feb 13 2012 // News Analysis

Happy, happy Bhutan

Hindi soaps are getting popular in this nation of smiles, though some women question the value systems they endorse. Fifty years ago, when I was a child, we didn’t have money for shoes. We wore something roughly stitched together from the jute of gunny bags. But it was a time of innocence… everyone around was […]

Published on Jan 07 2012 // News Analysis

Does SAARC justify peoples' aspirations?

The South Asian nations came together in 1983 for the purpose of promoting peace, stability; amity and progress in the region keeping in mind the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity, national independence, non-use of force and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and peaceful settlement of all disputes. The leaders were aware […]

Published on Dec 16 2011 // News Analysis

Issue of Granting Refugee Status

Nepal has been hosting thousands of Bhutanese nationals, who were forcefully evicted from the country in early 1990s, since two decades. However, it was only in 2006 that the Government of Nepal agreed to verify them and issue refugee identity cards. The joint verification team comprising representatives from the government and the United Nations High […]

Published on Nov 27 2011 // News Analysis

Bhutanese democracy struggle bids bye to its amble fighter

The Bhutanese democratic movement will not face any such terrible setbacks as it faces today – with the demise of Rongthong Kuenly Dorji. The contribution of Late Dorji will shine in golden letters in the history of Bhutanese democratic struggle. Stepping down from a luxury life to work with the most marginalized and suppressed section […]

Published on Oct 20 2011 // News Analysis

Of royal wedding

In 7th century before the Christian era, the area (today’s Bhutan) was ruled by Kooche Sangaldip from Kooch (today’s Cooch Bihar) Assam, India. Thereafter, his descendants ruled this area until 7th century A.D as tutelage of Kamarupa in Assam. In 650 A.D after the death of ruler Bhaskaravarman, it got separated from Kamarupa and exposed […]

Published on Sep 24 2011 // News Analysis

Keep Talking. This is democracy

I happened to be in Delhi through out the Anna Hazare saga. The usual summer heat was not too bad but what was really heating up the city was the protest against graft and corruption led by this unassuming man – Anna Hazare. Public protest is a part of democracy. It is how eventually a […]

Published on Sep 07 2011 // News Analysis

Education: Building future in America

America is a land of opportunity; opportunity comes with education. Immigrant communities with English language educational background are expected to do well whether it is at entry level jobs, performance at community colleges, or admission to universities. The Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal were reported to have achieved 100 percent primary school enrollment. It was […]

Published on Aug 13 2011 // News Analysis

Bhutan non-progressive on FDI

When India accepted Bhutan’s invitation to invest in its hydropower, this tiny Himalayan kingdom was overwhelmed and swiftly drafted foreign investment policy in hope that world will see it as land of opportunity for investment. Last year, the government unveiled a new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy which opened Bhutan as possible destination of investment […]

Published on Aug 06 2011 // News Analysis

LG election post mortem

Road through democratisation is not smooth as the rulers in Bhutan had predicted. When this best governance model was projected in semi-demon form three years back, royalists took enough opportunities to publicise that democracy was the gift from palace despite public refusal. Characteristically, had that been the circumstances, post election results would not have created […]

Published on Jul 14 2011 // News Analysis