Opinion

Growing Influence of China

By Dr. D.N.S. Dhakal   December 6, 2015  It was an eye opening trip to Africa. I had visited earlier South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia and Tunisia. That time Chinese were active in construction of roads, bridges and natural resource supply chains but not in media, hotel industries or industrial products. The first shock I received was when I landed at Bole International Airport in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. Almost one-half of the transit

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Dasai Celebration in Bhutan: the Nostalgia of the Past

By Dr D.N.S.Dhakal, November 7, 2015 That was a great moment for Lhotsampa community when the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck declared during the National Day celebration on 17th December 1979 in Galephug that “You are not Nepalese of Nepal, or, Nepalis of Darjeeling; you are as Bhutanese as anybody else from Southern Bhutan”. [caption id="attachment_1371" align="alignright" width="300"] Dr D.N.S Dhakal In Jaigoan adjacent to Phutsholing

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Political message through cultural display: Classic example in Darjeeling district

By Dr D.N.S.Dhakal There are many uniqueness of Bengal. The East India Company consolidated its hold in India from its headquarters in Calcutta. Rabindranath Tagore was one of the first non-white scholars to receive noble price in literature. Intellectual Bengal is alive but not vibrant. The native Bengalis are over 250 million in Bangladesh, Tripura, Assam and West Bengal combined. This would place them in third largest linguistic group after Mandarin

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhutan

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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Nepal Suffers Shortage of Essential Goods

By Dr. D. N.S. Dhakal The fallouts of the new constitution is Madeshi protest in the Terai and blockade of goods entering into Nepal. The mainstream media has alleged undeclared blockade by India for not agreeing to stall the process of promulgating the constitution. Nepal is a land-locked country. It entirely depends upon essential goods supply via India. There had been incidences of blockade in the past. And such blockades had been the triggering

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South Asian should Support India’s Bid for UN Security Council

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal The United States of America and India are moving towards right direction. South Asian Countries should welcome US’s support for India’s bid to permanent seat in UN Security Council. The UN Security Council has five permanent members in the Security Council, which includes USA, UK, France, USSR (now Russia) and People’s Republic of China. This was formed in the aftermath of Second World War. That time the membership was

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Nepal Finally Gets Much Awaited Constitution

By Dr. DNS Dhakal Our neighbor and host country, Nepal, adopted new constitution on 20 September 2015. Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal, declared the promulgation in the constituent assembly which was also witnessed by diplomatic crops based in Kathmandu. NRB welcomes the new development. [caption id="attachment_1295" align="alignright" width="755"] Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, UML chairman K.P Oli, United Communist Party (Maoist) chairman

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Bhutanese Refugee Camps in Nepal nearing to end

By Dr. D.N.S. Dhakal The UNHCR has approached government of Nepal for closure of Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal. As of August 31, the government of Nepal has issued 99,013 one-way travel document for third country resettlement of Bhutanese refugees. Of the total, USA has resettled 83,978; Canada, 6379; Australia, 5541; New Zealand, 990; Denmark, 874; Norway, 566; Britain, 358; and the Netherlands, 327. The remaining population in the camps are

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A step forward for NRB Platform

By DNS Dhakal, PhD DJ, Dilip, Damber, Arjun, BM and Birendra traveled from Atlanta to see me at Duke. They are social workers, businessmen and aspiring politician who see great future for our community in America. Core message from them was consolidating the idea of Non-Resident Bhutanese (NRB). They told me that a common platform for resettled Bhutanese is need of the hour. The Nepalese have non-resident Nepalese (NRN); Indians have non-resident

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What makes a person happy?

By Bhuwan Gautam The 2015 world happiness report ranks Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, and Canada in the top five in the list. The same report ranks the United States 15th and Bhutan 79th. If this ranking was correct Bhutanese refugees living in Norway or Denmark should be happiest among all of us whether we are in US or Bhutan. [caption id="attachment_962" align="alignright" width="300"] Writer[/caption] The reality seems totally different. I took

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