Diaspora

Bhutan-India Relationship

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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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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BRRRC would Support Honorable Solution

Dr. Bhampa Rai has appealed UNHCR and government of Nepal to constitute a joint committee for finding an honorable solution for the remaining refugees in the camps. Dr. Rai is the chairperson of Bhutanese Refugee Representative Repatriation Committee (BRRRC). Over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees have left for overseas countries. From the remaining, at least 10,000 are likely to opt for third country resettlement. Hardly 10,000 residual refugees would

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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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Meeting with Swami Agnivesh

By Dr D.N.S.Dhakal Swami Agnivesh is a known personality among the Bhutanese refugees. He was founding member and patron- in chief of Bhutan Solidarity; visited the camps in Nepal on several occasions, and even approached the Prime Minister I.K Gujral for resolution of refugee problem. I had the opportunity to meet Swamiji on several occasions. In fact, I have been meeting him every year since I left Bhutan on 18 October 1991. Swami Agnivesh is

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VHP General Secretary visits Hindu Community in Springfield MA

By Bhuwan Gautam Mr. Prasant Hatalkar, General Secretary and the leader of the International Department of the Viswa Hindu Parisad (VHP) of India, said, “I will request Government of India and Bhutan to allow the Bhutanese Hindu followers in America and other refugee receiving countries to honor their right to visit families in Bhutan.” He was participating at a sat-sang program organized by Hindu Sanatan Sewa Samaj of Massachusetts on October

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Bhutanese Community of Greater Rochester and Syracuse in NY

  By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal The first person to arrive in Greater Rochester was Ganesh Khatiwada of Salimi Block from Sanischare refugee camps. And for Syracuse was Hari Bangaly of Kikorthang Block from Beldangi II. Both are from Chirang Dzongkhag and arrived in US in 2008. Hari Bengaly had been one of the foremost political and human right activists in Bhutan. He was among the initial few who served prison terms in Bhutan, participated as active

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Bhutanese Community in Buffalo, NY

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal Purosotum Ghimre of Lalai block from Goldhap camp was the first family to resettle in 2008. The primary resettlement was 2200 though the number could be anywhere now from 3000 to 4000 because of remigration. Remigration is a trend among the resettled Bhutanese. The decision for remigration are for job opportunities, family connection, Medicare and Social benefits. There are no exact estimate, but the remigration is significant

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Bhutanese Community of Columbus, Ohio

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal Ohio has become a destination for resettled Bhutanese community. There are estimated 20000 in Columbus area. There are also Bhutanese community in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron and Dayton. The combined total could easily be 30,000 strong. The remigration is pushing up the population. The social security, Medicare and cheaper housing are the pull factors. Also there are numerous ware houses which provide plenty of entry level job

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Bhutanese Community in Wisconsin

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal There are about 60 families at Madison in Wisconsin. It is a small community as compared to other 48 states. The total population is less than 300. They have not yet form a social organization. Earlier there was an effort to build one but it could not get materialize because of the differences in opinion. Of the 60 families 45 are practicing Christian. So far only 4 families have brought houses. There is an initiative to start

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