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Bhutan-India Relationship
Royal visit to India

By Dr. D.N.S Dhakal Relationship between Bhutan and India have been always warm; it is increasing at an unprecedented rate not seen elsewhere! It is a family like relationship. This has been nurtured carefully by the two countries since the first visit of the Prime Minister Jawarahal Nehru with his daughter Indira Gandhi. It was Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who supported Bhutan’s membership to the United Nations. Bhutan was the first country to

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Gorkhaland Issue
On-going Dharna at Janatar Mantar, New Delhi. Photo by Dr. D.N.S. Dhakal

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal The hills of West Bengal has now two districts. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee created Kalimpong district out of the sub-division. Historically, Kalimpong was the trading outpost. Jalaypa-pass in the Kalimpong area had served in the past as trading outlet into Tibet. The independent India always maintained a close watch on the hills of Darjeeling since it was an adjoining landmass to the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim, Kingdom of

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Time to Identify the Comparative Advantage

By Dr. DNS Dhakal                                                                                        Published: October 1, 2017 Immigration to US opens up a world of opportunities. Children could dream about admission at Harvard or MIT if they are brighter. Transformation from rag to riches is possible if one works hard to become a successful entrepreneur. In fact one gets a gift check of US$ 50,000

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Need for Paradigm Shift for Economic Empowerment of Resettled Refugees

By Dr. DNS Dhakal The resettled refugees are in a rush to own homes. They have little understood the long-term implication of buying homes in a developed economy, where less than 5% of the total population are engaged in farming. The overwhelming majority of the resettled Bhutanese were subsistence farmers back in Bhutan. Their lifestyle had hovered around owning a piece of land, growing own vegetables and tendering households cattle. They had missed

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Royal Family Members Respond to Former Indian Diplomat

Writing a scathing response to Mr. Rasgotra, Ashi Kesang Wangchuck says she needed to refute all the“serious allegations” as her brother Lhendup Dorji was no longer alive. “Mr. Rasgotra has reduced the troubled and heartbreaking period in our lives from the time of the assassination of my brother Prime Minister Jigme Dorji in April 1964 and its aftermath into a simplistic narrative where Mr. Rasgotra plays the central role,” Ms Wangchuck

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Senior Fellow Explores How to Reduce Aflatoxins

Aflatoxins, highly toxic substances produced by fungi in tropical regions, are having devastating effects on both health and the economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Since they contaminate major crops such as maize and peanuts, they cost rural farmers close to $500 million annually. They also cause major health problems – sometimes fatal – in rural villages, where around 60 percent of the food produced is consumed by farmers and their families. “The

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Election Results in Assam and West Bengal

By Dr D. N.S. Dhakal     Published: June 1, 2016 India recently conducted assembly election in Assam and West Bengal. Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) took reign of power from Congress Party in Assam, and Trinamool Congress retained its government in West Bengal. BJP has looked east policy and winning of election in Assam was crucial for its future activity. The RSS brass had always criticized congress policy in North East India, where it has alleged

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Evolving Politics in Darjeeling District
darj netas

By Dr. D.N.S Dhakal                    Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Darjeeling district has been the focus of political attention in North Bengal since the foundation of Gorkha League in the 1950s. The struggle had been to secure political space in the greater politics of India leveraging the Gorkha connection in the Indian Army. The struggle took a different turn when Subash Ghising appeared in the Hill’s politics. His violent agitation

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Nepali Diaspora in a Globalized Era: Book Review
book review

By Dr. D.N.S Dhakal [caption id="attachment_1428" align="alignright" width="150"] Writer, prof. Tanka Subba of Sikkim University[/caption] The book (available now in amazon), is a new addition to the stock of literatures available on Nepali Diaspora. It is edited by Tanka Subba, Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University and A.C. Sinha, well-known authority on Nepali community and former Head of Department of Social Science, North Eastern Hills University.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhutan
4.king n queens with mb

By D.N. S Dhakal On 5th October, Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, began her four days official visit to Bhutan. She refused to talk to the press at the airport before boarding the plane to Paro. Reportedly, she is visiting Bhutan on invitation of Prime Minister Tshiring Tobgey. This visit resonates 1988 visit by Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, during which he spent three days with fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in absence of

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