Opinion

Twenty-Fourth Foundation Day of Bhutan National Democratic Party

By Dr.  D.N.S.Dhakal                                                                     Published February 7, 2017  Bhutan National Democratic Party (BNDP) was founded in exile in 1992 in the aftermath of Bhutanese refugee exodus to Nepal. It will complete 25 years in 2018. The party is hopeful of celebrating its silver jubilee in Thimphu. BNDP has always worked in the interest of Bhutan and Bhutanese people.

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Eight Years After Resettlement: Where We Stand?

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal                                                                    Published December 12, 2016     Over a hundred thousand refugees have moved out from the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal.  Their final destinations have been United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and western Europe. These are developed and democratic countries. People pay the huge price, even to the extent

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BHUTAN: HAPPY-GROW-LUCKY

Your “happy” report on an evolving Bhutan (The Economist, Oct. 22-28) inexplicably omits mention that the ruling Drukpa Buddhists do not constitute a majority of the total population of Bhutan. Over 100,000 of the minority Hindus of Nepali ethnicity of southern Bhutan were brutally driven from their homes in the early 1990s and many are still in refugee camps in eastern Nepal. Following the exodus at least an equal number remained in Bhutan as

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Statement of Bhutan’s Prime Minister Validates the Need for Constituting Non-Resident Bhutanese Platform

Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal Bhutan National Democratic Party (BNDP) and Druk National Congress (DNC) initiated the idea of Non-Resident Bhutanese (NRB) soon after third country resettlement program began. The purpose of this concept is to give due justice to those who have been denied and also create a worldwide asset for Bhutan in the long-run. Nobody denies the benefit of having plus 100,000 Bhutanese in developed countries that too in a country with the

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Repatriation, Dignity and Rebuilding Bhutan-Nepal Relationship   

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal Nepal and Bhutan had patron and priest relationship during the period of Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal This tradition was snapped by the Rana Oligarchy, and it could not be renewed when Bhutan emerged as monarchy. Nevertheless, Nepal is littered with Temples, Lakhangs and Gompas where Bhutanese lamas have visited, consecrated or even established clientele relationship in some cases. Hundreds of Bhutanese tourists visit Nepal every

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International community must take concreate steps for lasting solution of Bhutanese Refugee Problem

By Dr. D. N.S.Dhakal                                          Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 Almost eight years have passed since the international community started third country resettlement of Bhutanese refugees. It was the visit of Ellen R. Sauerbrey, Assistant Secretary of State for population, to Thimphu in 2007 that opened the door for third country resettlement. This visit was subsequent to visit by US senators Jime

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Future of Non-Resident Bhutanese (NRB) in Bhutan’s Legislative Process

By Bhuwan Gautam                                                    NRB is a strong agenda for negotiation with the government of Bhutan. But how can the government of Bhutan open up a dialogue for negotiation under its current stance on Bhutanese Refugees? This question has risen among the Bhutanese diaspora as well as those inside Bhutan. To understand, we need to take a deeper look into Bhutan’s legislative process,

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Legitimacy of Bhutan-Nepal Foundation

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal The relationship between Bhutan and Nepal has enigmatic past. I am repeating verbatim an article published in Kuensel on November 25, 1989. It may give different meaning to different readers particularly for those who have gone through the ordeal of refugee life in the camps in Nepal. Bhutan-Nepal Friendship Association-the Druk-Bel Thuendrel Tshogpa—was established this week. Lyonpo T. Tobgyel, Minister for Social Service

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Nepali Diaspora in a Globalized Era: 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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Time to Make New Beginning

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal     December 20, 2015 As of November 30, 85,359 Bhutanese refugees have left for U.S; 6,613 for Canada; 2,125 for Europe; and 6,609 for Australasia. Thus far 100,706 Bhutanese refugees have resettled in overseas countries. There are 17,573 Bhutanese refugees left in Nepal. Of which, 13,070 are in Beldangi; 3,470 are in Sanischare; and 33 are living outside the camps. The process of third country resettlement is under progress.

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