Opinion

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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Gorkhaland Issue

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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Can Gujarati Immigrants be Our Role Model?

By Dr.  D. N. S. Dhakal Gujarati are considered the most successful immigrant community in the US. They constitute direct immigrants from Gujarat and resettled refugees from the Republic of Uganda. The Gujarati population in the US is 1.5 million. They constitute 20% of Indian origin people in the US and 6% of ethnic Gujarati in India. Despite their minority status in India, it has generated enormous political clout in India and abroad. Political

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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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Time to Reflect Upon

By Dr. D.N.S.Dhakal                              July 25, 2017   This was for the first time in the USA I met the resettled Bhutanese in such a large number. They were gathered for the Himalayan Festival which was organized from July 22 to 23 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was supposed to be a festivity for the resettled Bhutanese communities.  They had come from almost the most resettled locations in the US including from the state

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From Dagana to UNDP, Nar Bahadur’s Success Story

Nar Bahadur Khatiwora, born and raised in Dagana Bhutan is an Engineer with technical expertise in the field of Climate Change, Energy, Energy Conservation and Efficiency improvement, including project management, monitoring, and evaluation and works with United Nations UNDP Department of Energy. Following is the interview taken by The European Energy Centre (EEC) on his achievement, which is featured the European Energy Centre's website. [caption

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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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