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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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Evolving Politics in Darjeeling District

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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BNDP Observes its 24th Foundation Day

By Dr. D.N.S. Dhakal       Published Monday, February 8, 2016  Bhutan National Democratic Party (BNDP) observes its 24th Foundation Day in Jhapa, Nepal. The chief guest of the occasion was Yubaraj Dahal, old friend of Bhutanese refugee community and youth leader of Nepali congress in Jhapa. Dr D N S Dhakal briefed the gathering about the activities undertaken by the party during the year. He mentioned that because of the on-going resettlement

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Dhakal analyzes groundnuts and soybeans value chain in Malawi

December 26, 2015 Dr. Deo Dhakal, DCID Senior Fellow and faculty in the Project Appraisal and Risk Management (PARM) program at Duke, recently completed a two-week consultancy project in Malawi, where he conducted a financial, economic and risk analysis of the country’s groundnuts and soybeans value chain. The project ran from Nov. 14-29. Groundnuts have always been a cash crop for Malawi. Improving their production methods will help advance

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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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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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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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