Thursday, August 8, 2013

The after effects of Indian intervention in Bhutan Election

The direct intervention of India in the internal affairs of Bhutan seems to have breached an unwritten but accepted protocol of understanding between China and India. The unpublicized but accepted protocol seems to be, ‘Tibet is Chinese internal affair and Sikkim is India’s internal affair. And let the Kingdom of Bhutan exercise her sovereign choice’.

During Bhutan’s 2nd Interim Government Term, it seems the top Bhutanese leadership was brow beaten by India to 1). Disavow the national policy of GNH under the guise of which Bhutan managed to expand its diplomatic relations and solidify its sovereign position and 2). Reverse the ongoing Sino-Bhutan progressive relation.

My suspicion is that the Indian Ambassador V.P. Haran strategized the PDP General Election campaign and that the Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) fund of Rs. 5 Billion grant that realizes the PDP campaign promises was a done deal before 13th July, 2013 the General Election Day.

On Monday the 29th July, 2013, the first working day of the new Bhutanese Government, the Prime Minister of Bhutan along with his whole Cabinet ended up officially receiving Indian Ambassador V.P. Haran to Gyalwang Tshokhang the Seat of Bhutan Government. I wonder what kind of official address the Ambassador made as he reviewed the composition of the Bhutanese Cabinet. The Bhutanese media is silent so probably there was no mutual discussion to make any declaration; possibly only one sided communication. Nowhere in the world is an Ambassador officially received by a full delegation of Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister let alone on its 1st official working day. This kind of national tragic event takes place only when a conquering General demands homage and surrender from a defeated and humiliated nation.  Such an act of sacrilege and betrayal of sovereignty must have had the Dharma Raja Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and the spirits of the three late Kings of Bhutan in total despair. I just can’t imagine what it must have been like to the two living Kings.

India cannot publicly or privately tell China to keep away from Bhutan but India has showed every and all distaste for progressive Sino-Bhutan ties. So Bhutan must be under immense Indian pressure to blunt any progressive overtures from China. And with Jigmi Yoezer Thinley bundled out to seclusion, India has her way. But it seems India was quite unprepared by Chinese reaction. It seems that the famed Indian diplomat corps now lives upon day to day instruction of their political bosses. Otherwise this would not have happened.

Today on 8th August, 2013, Indian Security Advisor accompanied by Indian Foreign Secretary is arriving in Thimphu and according to media reports; they will be holding meetings with Bhutanese leadership including His Majesty the King. I guess they will also meet His Majesty the 4th King, the Father of GNH philosophy which India and India influenced Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has rejected as being an “empty slogan” to quote Sanjay Kumar in ‘The Diplomat’.

Under Indian pressure, Bhutan has declared its hostility towards China and it won’t be long before China officially seeks a clarification from the Bhutanese Cabinet whose composition the Indian Ambassador V.P. Haran recently reviewed and probably approved. The visit of the heavy delegation from India could be another exercise of political and economic clout that India reigns supreme in Bhutan.

China, it seems, according to the major Indian Newspapers, has already conveyed, unofficially, her thoughts to Government of India. China seems to be very serious about the breach of the unwritten but accepted protocol and her seriousness can be gauged by the particular sentences to quote, “As a country located between China and India, Bhutan serves as a buffer and is of critical strategic importance to the Siliguri corridor, a narrow stretch of land (known as chicken’s neck) that connects India’s northeastern states to the rest of India. The corridor is considered vulnerable bottleneck for India’s national security. Delhi worries that China will send troops to the corridors if a China-India military clash breaks out”.

I accept that for the coming 5 years, the fate of Bhutan rest largely in the hands of the 2nd Government. I have nothing to say since the die has been cast. But as a Bhutanese subject, I beg to exercise my humble right to appeal for a national kidu to His Majesty the King. His Majesty has the constitutional responsibility and the hereditary obligation to ensure the sovereignty and the security of the Kingdom.

Your Majesty, the General Election of Bhutan saw how opportunistic an arrogant giant neighbour can be. And yet because of so many paramount reasons, we can never as of today prefer China to India.  India will have to remain our most associated neighbour. However, please be aware of tri-colour canopy that is in the process of replacing the yellow and orange over the Dragon Throne.

 I also feel that Jigmi Yoezer Thinley in words of Bhutanese proverb is a bird in the basket and a beef in the pot. He cannot be of any danger to national interests and for that matter no other Bhutanese Prime Ministers on their own can also pose any threat to national goal as long as the Throne remains upright and alert.  India’s antipathy to JYT is that he left the Indian leaders dumb founded by the way side as he gently but surely carved an international space for Bhutan under the canopy of GNH, a philosophy that illustrated the loving wish and goodness of a King for his people and nation. India no longer seems to portray itself as a genuine friend of Bhutan.

GNH cannot, on its own, be an omni-solution to Bhutan’s employment problems, essential supply needs and rupee shortages etc but if any unbiased visitor is to walk through the offices, urban homes and rural homes of Bhutan and India, then that visitor will comprehend the substance of happiness and relevance of GNH to both Bhutanese and world society.

Several decades back on an issue of allowing individual tourists to Bhutan, His Excellency Lyonpo Dawa Tsering told me that we have to be mindful of undesirable impacts of individual foreign tourists on the security of the Kingdom. I had approached the Hon’ble Foreign Minister regarding visa procedure after getting HRH approval to permit individual tourist visit. To allay Lyonpo’s concerns, I submitted that more than any Bhutanese, the Royal House would be concerned about the dangers to national security and Her Royal Highness the Representative of His Majesty the King did not feel that escorted individual foreign tourists under a trained Bhutanese tour guide would pose any such danger. His Excellency then accorded approval for individual tourist visa. My view of those days has not altered. All Bhutanese must take a leap of faith in the workings of our Kings and Deities because more than any Bhutanese, the Bhutanese Kings and Deities would have the foremost national interests and well being of the Kingdom.


I have expressed my unreserved views not for the Throne as such but mainly  for the fellow Bhutanese to whom I appeal for calm and absolute national interests not Political Party dividends and to people of India and Indian Media among whom there seems to exists due regards for the limited aspirations of a tiny neighbour and very sincere friend. A Country that has produced great and greater Kings successively would have, I believe, more JYTs in the making and India will have to adjust to this reality. Let Bhutan co-exist along your side with sovereign dignity and not under your thumb.  In India’s re-attempt to convert Bhutan into a Protectorate State (such an attempt was made during the young reign of the 4th King at the time of annexing Sikkim), there lies an unmistakable danger both for Bhutan and India. The 22 KMs Siliguri chicken-neck stretch of a land might turn into a blood path of Sino-India conflagration. Such scenario does not do any good to anybody especially to Bhutan, China and India. Do not force providence for providence at times can turn out to be wrathful. 

70 comments:

  1. It is such ramblings of pseudo-intellectuals that berate the intelligence of the Bhutanese masses. Why do conspiracy theorists always look for foul play where there may be none? To say that India strategized the PDP campaign undermines the hard work put in by hundreds of people who believed Bhutan needed a change in governance - those who met with thousands and conveyed the pledges and promises of a more just government. Aren't you being a little presumptuous when you write that the ESP was a done deal - we don't even know if Bhutan will get that money yet (we certainly hope so)? Your suspicions will only be just that, suspicions. They don't become the truth just because you said so.

    Why are you making such a big deal when officials from our closest neighbour pay a visit? There will be plenty others from other countries who will do the same. It is the paranoid rants of the likes of you who will succeed to keep these issues in the media, misconstrued to every syllable.

    Why do you join the misconstrued media in quickly concluding that the present PM is dismissing GNH as how HMK4 envisioned? Far from it - in fact what we understand is that he would prefer for it to be strengthened at home first, not sold abroad by the government at state expense - that is best left to theorists and academics. How difficult is that to understand? I have not met a single Bhutanese who would dismiss the true essence of GNH. It is the mistaken futile idealistic interpretation that makes many cringe. This happens even more when it wanders farther from reality.

    I agree that much work needs to be done to strengthen Bhutan's sovereignty, but this needs to be done openly and transparently. Who are we scared of? More importantly, the Bhutanese citizens have the right to be informed of how this will be achieved. There are intelligent ways of doing this - we are in the 21st century. Give the present government time to at least begin its work, how can we condemn them so easily? Let them prove their mettle. Then we all have a reason to critique them if things don't go well.

    Oh, and Bhutan started tourist visas upon your suggestion? You certainly think highly of yourself now, don't you?

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    1. I think you are as blind as a bat not to see any truth in what Wangcha Sangye has written. We all know the role India and some vested interest groups played in our GE to ensure a PDP win, ignoring it is not going to make this fact go away. In regard to GNH, the present PM has already stated that GNH is mere hype on BBC and CNN, your defense of what the PM maybe thinking is mere speculation on your part.

      As for our sovereignty, PDP has already sold out to India, that fact is borne out by the PM and the whole cabinet cowering in front of the notorious Ambassador, HE V.P. Haran.

      Next time, please write things which are believable.

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    2. Dear Anonymous PDP fanatic,

      What mr wangchaa sangay wrote makes perfect sense if you are closely following 2013 general election, particularly from the day india announced subsidy withdrawal.....And big and empty threst through karma ura’s article!!!!!Anybody, even class 6 school going children can make out whether india played dirty politics with our internal election or not. Let us not deny the fact however one has blind faith with one or other party!!!! Let us not just look for the short term gain. If India helped to win PDP in 2013, there is no guarantee that they won’t interference in 2018 or 2023, probably; it may work against PDP in future. Whoever wins or loses doesn’t bother me, but it does hurt and worries me when outsiders influence our internal matter.
      Coming to foreign relation, this is 21st century and i think we need serious debate to review our foreign policy. We have deep rooted historical, cultural and economic ties with India and most importantly, we share more than 300 kms of borders with india and we can’t do away with India. Our ties with india will continue as long as this earth exist. But at the same time, we can’t ignore our giant neighbour in the North who shares almost equal length of border with us. Let us not forget the fact that, now; china is next to US in terms of economy and perhaps even in military. My simple question is, why can’t we have good relation with china????? What is the problem with india? When india can have trade relation worth billions of dollars, n they have embassies in both the countries, why can’t we have one?????? If people are apprehensive about Bhutan ending up like Tibetan’s fate by having diplomatic relation with china, then such people are still in dream. We may rather ve problem if don’t have diplomatic relation with china.

      Similarly, why can’t we have formal relation with other P5 member countries and other western countries?? Somebody said that Bhutan’s foreign policy is, we won’t have diplomatic relation with P5 as it will hurt india’s interest. I don’t know whether that is true or not, but if it is true, then probably, it is high time we revamp our foreign policy.

      Finally, i have appreciation to Mr. Wangcha sangey for coming openly and expressing your well thought out views for the interest of this country and people. You are the only one who openly criticizes the government of the day if they are going in wrong direction. Thank u for setting good trend.

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    3. Anonymous, another individual who is willing to trade sovereignty for personal gain. We studied in our history classes that there were many such people during British Raj.

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  2. If it is true that the PM with his Cabinet Team went onto receiving the Indian Ambassador on the first day of their office, I wonder what this govenrment will make of Bhutan in the next five years. Where in the world will the PM and Cabinet Ministers line up to receive a Ambassador of another country? As far as I know, that was never in the protocol we follow. Ministry of Foreign Affairs should have advised on that, in case PM and his team were not of the knowledge that, receiving a mere Ambassador was incorrect protocally, politically and its not in our interest.

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  3. I hate it when you act so wise to have seen so much, which you feel wouldn't be known by our great kings and the PM.
    What you are writing here is not your wise observation but expression of your personal enmity against Dasho Ugyen Tshechup. Because Dasho UT supports PDP you are trying to bring down PDP's image at all cost and from all fronts.
    PDP is against corruption and perhaps you are already worried about your so many property you own as a common citizen...

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  4. BJA NGYEN IS DANG TROD, ME NGYEN GI YUEL TROD, Wangtsha Sangay, Election is over and Indians didn't came to Bhutan to Vote for PDP so its peoples choice that they need change so we have to accept it. You are rejected man in every aspect and now trying to be a great writer who don't even has ability to handle your own family but talking about Cabinet Minister and Prime Minister. In your life time have you ever got the Post of DG and now advising the Cabinet and Prime Minister with out any shame and hesitation. If this is not the way that Cabinet and PM is doing there is Opposition and NC who are also elected by the people to correct them but who the hell you are here. Wangtsha Sangay you better do your own business instead of being puppet to the former Government.

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  5. DPT fans needs to change their mentality now. I see DPT fans defaming our king these days, which I have never in my life come across till now. Forget about external forces when we don't have internal unity. What ever the kings do, it is in the interest of our nation. That is what I believe.

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    1. This is the modus operandi of most PDP supporters, when they have no logical arguments, they bring His Majesty's name into the conversation.

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  6. As per the author, he must be imagining that the international observers during the elections were a show-piece? He says he is apolitical and from his writings this, and others as well shows his deep rooted alignment with JYT. JYT in 5 years has ruined what Bhutan was 5 years back.

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    1. You got to be kidding, international observers, even if they were around, they would have been shown only the things ECB wanted them to see. No one gives a shit about Kunzang Wangdi anymore, just like Terton Ura Lingpa, his reputation has gone to the dogs.

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  7. let us accept the truth however hard it maybe to digest for PDP guys!!!!

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  8. I wish if we can erase the word anonymous from the dictionary in 21st century to give courage to people to show their true face and speak the truth only.

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  9. While our friendship with India is the cornerstone of our foreign policy we cannot avoid China as well. It is a reality and we must know how to deal with it. And to deal with it we must tell the Indians honestly about it and we have to take them into confidence. It is for mutual peace and security of both. I think JYT was in the right direction but the ways and means he chose was wrong. Let us see what the Chinese have to say now when their Vice Minister visits next after the Indians.

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    1. I agree, not consulting the Indians about talking with the Chinese leader was JYT's biggest mistake. How can he override all decisions without seeking the opinion of a friend or a big brother that has helped us for many decades. Shouldn't we use the word "betrayal" to describe such act?

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  10. Whoever visits, let Bhutanese know and stand alone firmly for its independence to sustain forever!

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  11. Why India..? See what India has done to Nepal.. politics... India has ruined Nepal... Bhutan Beware.

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    1. Nepal and Nepalis are known for shitting in the same plate from where they have eaten for decades. For centuries, they have shared culture and beliefs with India, and many dynasties have flourished alongside their southern brother. All of a sudden they turned their back on their big brother and now they are in deep shit.

      If we have to take the words of JYT himself, we need to show thadamtsig to our fellow Indians for their generosity, irrespective of whatever their ulterior motives were. We should remember the fact that Bhutan became enlisted as a sovereign member of the UN under the aegis of our Indian friends.

      Sometimes, it is good to know where our food comes from so that we do not fail to show our gratitude to the one who have fed us for so long. At least, let us not ignore the hand that has nurtured us for many decades.

      I agree that China is important for Bhutan's geopolitical and security reasons, but our friendship with a new brother should not be at the cost of our long-held affinity with our old brother.

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  12. Wow wangcha sangay now I ve become a fan of yours ... Write more of our sordid political menace...

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  13. When we talk of Bhutan-India relations, we always talk about the security to India? While we think of India's security, what happen's to our own security ?

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  14. Mr. wangcha, bringing up such sensitive issues would mean walking on thin ice. pls. get that in your thick head.

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  15. This author is assuming too much.. Chhe mathom lay rhibum shae mi chi einbey ba tey...

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  16. From the many interactions I had with family, friends, colleagues, taxi drivers, shopkeepers in the street, young graduates to barbers in town, everyone seemed to have voted for PDP. maybe some just gave me shit, but most did not. The most common reason was the the former MP did not do well, and people wanted change of MPs from their own constituencies. I believe it was also expressed in a very similar way by many other people across the country.
    Everyone thought that perhaps DPT would make a better ruling government, but we need to have new MPs and also the opposition has to be stronger.. Basically there was a big anti-incumbancy factor with people. Remember> it was also same with the National Council.

    This is basically a reversal of 2008 where people thought the main government would matter and not the MPs.. so I strongly strongly believe that the election results are own doing and has nothing to do with China or India.. We need to be responsible for our on actions and own it...

    Receiving the Indian Ambassador or having the secretary and even visiting India are even better!
    some people also questioned why Indian PM wrote/sent a letter in the middle of the night on the election day itself. It does mean that they value us!! Think positive and cheeer up!

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    1. so ur still living in self denial!!! man, wake up and come to the real world!!!!let truth prevail....

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    2. I just don't believe that one person could write so much rubbish. So what made the majority of the people vote for DPT during the primary round.

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    3. At times, it is hard to digest the truth particularly for some pdp fanatics!!!! Even simple farmers can make out whether india played politics or not...it is just a question of whether to accept it officially by the people of bhutan and india or not, and of course whether that is good or bad for the country. Yes, PDP might have won even without Indian politics, but the fact that they played this dirty politics should be acknowledged even by pdp fanatics like chimi......nothing personal!!!

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  17. I feel what Wangcha Sangay has written is genuinely true. Where the hell on this earth would an Ambassador officially received by a full delegation of Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister on its 1st official working day. We also saw on TV that PM goes all the way to the parking to see off the Ambassador. Isn't there any protocol officers to do that? By doing this, we can sense there is really something fishy with PDP and Indian govt. It's adding to our growing suspicion we had during GE - Indian govt "TEMPORARILY" withdrawing the LPG subsidy right during the election time and restoring right after PDP takes charges of the govt. I think even the laymen can make out whether india played dirty politics with our election! As a concern citizen, this really makes me worried!

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  18. was he standing next to the PM of India, when they ere talking about disrupting election in bhutan. Mr.wangcha tck care of ur own problem........... u were chucked out of a organization and we know ur fame.

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  19. Time to say Fuck India...

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    1. I agree, so Fuck India.

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  20. The Prime Minister TT is no doubt the stooge of the Indian government and so it is expected that he will grovel before the Indian kutsap. But as a Prime Minister of a country, however small, it was not expected that he would break all established protocol to usher an Ambassador all the way to his car and that too along with his entire Cabinet. This is clear indication where TT will take this country under his leadership. Even if it were necessary that he should treat the Indian Ambassador with difference for having been put him in the Prime Minister’s chair, TT should understand that he is not acting in his private capacity as TT but as the Prime Minister of Bhutan. No Prime Minister bows down before a foreign country’s Ambassador. It is not done.

    Even if TT does not care too much for his dignity, he should remember that there will be other Bhutanese Prime Ministers after him who has to deal with foreign Ambassadors as per established protocol. What TT the Prime Minister has done is set a shameful and dangerous precedence something which future Indian Ambassadors may expect that they be treated in the same manner.

    Will he give the same treatment to other visiting Ambassadors? Such as if the Chinese Ambassador were to make an official visit?

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  21. Dats the real truth dat was happen in our general election, our bhutanese prefer dat wat to say, wat to do ultermate India will decide..........

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  22. To understand the real gravity of Wangcha Sangay's story read his earlier posts, he began this blog to fight Ugyen Tshechup, because he destroyed Bhutan times and was made to pay for it by kicking him out of the paper.
    So all views expressed here are propaganda by this Sangay to fight PDP and its supporters

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    1. Wow, so this the only thing you took away from this article, fits the profile of a PDP supporter to the Tee.

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  23. Come on Anonymous don't be an asshole. What Sangay Wangcha writes is very good. As long as PDP continues to lick the Indian's ass no one can fight the party. They are safe and can continue to destroy the country year after year.

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  24. For a poor country like ours, humility is the only thing that we have in exchange for economic developments from other countries. What is wrong in inhibiting our egos with simple humility by bowing down on foreign Ambassadors? It may bring us the needed Rupees to make our livelihood better. I don't care if we have lost some pride in respecting Indian Ambassador if he assures us the % billion Rupees that our economy urgently needed. After all it is only the elected PM and cabinet ministers who have bowed down, not the head of our state.

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    1. Go and relocate to India, Bhutan will be far better off without people like you who have no respect for their own country.

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    2. Then perhaps you should first prove that you can plough the field to grow your own rice and vegetables. Otherwise, eat your ego while i eat Indian rice and vegetables. Be pragmatic...

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    3. I don't need to prove anything to a person who can sell his soul for a bag of white rice. We are living in the 21st century and while we do depend largely on India for many things, do you think India would giving us anything if we were not useful to them. In politics, there is always a trade off and nothing come for free, however, since you still seem to be a little wet behind the ears, maybe you will not understand what I am saying.

      What we want is a little respect from India and while you don't give a shit whether we become India's 30th State, I certainly do.

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    4. DPT people will be happier to live under autocratic communist regime. No wonder they prefer such rule because their mindsets are tamed by a dictatorial person named JYT

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  25. I was waiting for Wangcha Sangay to post an article. His articles are bold and carries deep truth that is invisible to common people like me. I cannot deny the fact that India meddled with out election because of subsidy cuts and other stuffs.All these cannot be a mere co-incidence... i do not know what PDP has promised to India and i would not like to accept that India wanted to oust JYT. However, JYT's relation with China would have definitely angered India for its of India's interest that Bhutan and China's border disputes remains unresolved.
    GNH is the only brand that can guarantee Bhutan to "stand out" in the world map. JYT has used that tool wisely as well as wittingly to strengthen Bhutan's sovereignty and advertised Bhutan to outside world. GNH is almost synonymous to Bhutan. Every PM must use this slogan for our own good.GNH is a "ter" discovered by our beloved Fourth King and we must make the most out of it. Its sad that people are branding GNH as preacher of GNH to outside world not doing enough for the people inside Bhutan. however, i am glad that my village has seen road for the first time and reap the benefits of electricity during JYT's tenure. i am sure there are 1000s who benefited as well. 10th FYP saw more KM of roads built than any other plans. I believe roads are precursors to development. Now, the subsequent government can easily initiate other development plans.
    In this time and era, independence of a nation should not be measure by the sovereignty of a nations border but by its economic independence. A country cannot boast of its sovereignty when its being bullied economically by its neighbors, donors and partners. Its sad to admit that Bhutan is not economically independent and this has cost us to be bullied politically too. Now, this is dangerous. Hope Bhutan can achieve its goal of self sufficiency by 2020 so that we can be truly independent.
    Lastly, thank u Wangcha sangay for ur insightful article. ur articles are alys analytical and it gives us plenty of points to ponder upon.

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    1. I am really sick and tired of defining GNH and defending criticisms from my international friends. This hollow concept, propped up by pillars of contradictory ingredients is becoming more like a subject of mockery than a revolutionizing concept. It is very susceptible to ridicule because of the very fact that the pillars are contradictory to one another and that the way the concept is preached is much different from what exists in reality even in the country that has conceived it. Bhutan is losing its charm. Its rating as a popular destination is falling. Moreover, it always sucks to see articles on Bhutanese refugees who are hell bent on tarnishing Bhutan's image in the popular media.

      If Wangcha Sangay is too bold, I invite him to write an article in defense of a recent article in NY times which stated that Bhutan is no longer a shangrila.

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  26. I have empathy for the Bhutanese who feel their country is bullied by India. Believe or not, even China was bullied by India. Please listen to this podcast of about two hours and read up on this link.

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  27. The Head of a Government & his cabinet receiving an ambassador !!!???? That says alot, more than seeing it. What has Bhutan come to now ???

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    1. Aai, but I am sure TT will not go and receive other ambassadors like he did Haran Bhai, in his first week in office only, PDP has sold Bhutan to India.

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    2. This is in totality a bullshit and act of sycophant of him P.M TT.....

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  28. Whether one likes it or not Wangcha Sangay is presenting the facts as they are and its upto to the rest of us to analyse it. Whats important is try to face the harsh geo-political realities and try to remain united regardless of party divisions and find a way out of this complicated situation by giving full support and encouragement to the government of the day.

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  29. Wow!! Bhutan is really in critical condition, can be put under India at anytime. They are playing same tactics they plaid in Sikkim and Nepal. We Bhutanese really really time to wake up..........

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  30. I have fully supported PDP, hoping to bring changes and development. Now they sold our government......

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  31. Anonymous you are truly selling Bhutan to India with pdp........

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  32. I have empathy for the Bhutanese who feel their country is bullied by India. Believe or not, even China was bullied by India. Please listen to the following podcast of about two hours

    http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/podcasts/India_China_Border.mp3

    and read up on this link.

    http://gregoryclark.net/redif.html

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  33. You are right china was bullid by india, during 1962 war in Arechianel pradesh. Where 1000s of indian soldiers lost their life.
    We know dont teach us...

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  34. That was the most unbiased critical observation done by the author.I would say, that is a kind of media practise that TenZing LamSang (Pro-Tibetans) needs to be trained...........

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  35. TenZing Lamsang, firstly you must understand where you are living. It is like parasite killing host tree. We Bhutanese peoples must STOP reading THE BHUTANESE. I guess he received 1 billion from Indian and pdp.

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  36. There are lots of emotions going on here. All these contradicts with very Buddhist philosophy. What is wrong in our PM receiving Ambassador grand. All are for good.

    Ego does no good to anyone.

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  37. If we take it seriously and analysis what is happening in our country, it is NOT EGO,one must understand. During last election I was also serious pdp supporter.

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  38. PM TT is on the verge uf becoming demon king,,,,,,,...............

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    1. He is not. We have many days to see him become a demon or the people's PM. Sometimes, a demon would wish others to become demon

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  39. Wangtsha Sangay was the General Manager of Singye Group which he ruined long time back. Few year back he was the MD of Bhutan times which is now defunct Co under his management. So what more you want to know about Wangtsha Sangay.

    1. He works as Legal expert with out required qualification and he earns his lively hood by twisting the words.

    2. He have no proper work as such so he writes all nonsense in his blog and dont know how to respect his leaders assuming that he is the greatest man in this small country.

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    1. Most people don't agree with your views, in this article he has not even talked about Singye and Ugen Tsechup, so why are you guys talking about his past association with them.

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    2. But many people have negatives to tell about this guy. He is very unpopular for being a terrifying homeowner - very rude, ruthless, proud, and always pent up with anger. He feels that he is the most successful man in Bhutan, and he doesn't hesitate to project himself as a fearless and an indefatigable man. Above all, he likes to blow his trumpet so much so that a slight pinch on his bloated ego would trigger him to write a lengthy article on his blog to amend people's purported views on him.

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  40. On behalf of Mr Wangtsha Sangay (writer) he is writing this article NOT to bring misunderstanding among Bhutanese peoples. What I find is quite valuable. We Bhutanese peoples must read and learn more from his blog.....try to understand what our few wise senior citizen have to say......otherwise tomorrow we Bhutanese have to seek asylum in other countries

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  41. I would have wanted PDP to win by all means, but was saddened to see that Indian meddled in our internal politics although I am yet to know whether India's outright proclamation of subsidy cut was job of an insider directly linked to PDP.

    However, going by popular opinion among the educated lots, anti-DPT and JYT sentiments were brewing ever since the commencement of the famed McKinsey consulting business. Many other incidences happened in between that provoked negative feelings towards the past government. Among these, we should also know the fact that some of the ministers then were not at all worthy of respects. Some were simply dumb asses, some were womanizers, some were loan sharks, some were unpopular property owners, and some were free riders. So, in my opinion, unpopular sentiments against the former cabinet ministers were also among the pool of factors that prompted people to press the button in favor of PDP.

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    1. I don't understand what you are talking about. All I hear from you is your anti DPT rants, which you so conveniently generalize on others. I am a civil servant too and in the organization I work, more than 70% are DPT supporters and less than 30% PDP. Therefore, all those anti JYT sentiments you are talking about is your personal assumption. DPT didn't have to go to the extent of establishing a newspaper company (The Bhutanese) and an Anonymous Website (Bhutanomics) to slur, malign and defame its rival. Talking about loan sharks and unlawful property owner, non can equal the likes of Singye, Damchen, Zimdar and Lhaki in this department. These private companies have virtually robbed our country of its natural resources besides making many people landless. So, if people who have served this country for the last 30 to 40 years are dumb asses, I don't know how to define those who have spent their entire life robbing others.

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    2. Just because you are a DPT stalwart, you cannot force me and others to conform to your way of thinking. Anyone can play with the figures as DPT played with unemployment and GDP figures. Tell me to do an opinion survey and I might come up with a figure that will astonish you.

      As far as the newspapers are concerned, you sow what you reap. Hadn't the DPT government publicly issue an order to deny any advertisement support to "the Bhutanese", the paper would not have been so vindictive and antagonistic. Sometimes, birth of papers and hate groups are ripening of the negative karma one has accumulated over the course of time.

      If you know how to point only to Zimdra, Sinye, and Lhaki, you are forcing me with your autocratic DPT attitude to turn a blind eye on Tashi, Gup Sonam Drukpa, and Riverview family.

      Don't presumptuously think that we are so foolish, so dumb enough to think that ministers are the only ones who have served for the interest of the nation. What about other people at various ladders in the society - from the land tillers and dish washers to directors and secretaries? Didn't they have any hand in nation building? I don't know what you think, but to me serving the nation is serving oneself. No one purely altruistic. If you talk about serving the nation and gauging it from the point of view of ministers, nothing will suit the landmarks than the number of land cruisers and lands they have accumulated. Isn't it robbing or your call it lawful robbing.

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  42. The author is writing from his comfort zone, because he has nothing to lose. He is after all a shady real estate owner who doesn't have to feel how it feels to live a destitute life.

    I have the right to voice out my opinion. Wancha Sangay is a proud man, and his article depicts the height of this character in him. Many Bhutanese, despite claiming to be Buddhists, are by nature proud and egoists. Therefore, a PM bowing to a dignitary is unthinkable to many proud Bhutanese.

    But if we shed our prides and look at the incidence with empathy for the majority poor people in the far flung areas, I salute our PM for this humble gesture, because as a largely foreign aid dependent country, there is nothing harm in acting like a beggar than a prince.

    It was all because of JYT's arrogant behavior that we have been treated strangely by Indians recently.

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  43. Dear Bhutanese brothers and sisters,
    Please excuse me for entering in your web page.
    I'm an Indian...
    But above all, I'm a human being.
    none of us want our freedom being compromised. You people have never dealt with bondage; but we did and we did for 200 years.
    We know the pain of it.
    And as we know, we are never going to put someone in such a circumstance.
    Please be assured, your freedom is costlier than anything else and India will always remain a friend for you; never a foe...

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  44. I am suspicious of your sentiments. You claim to have dealt with bondage for 200 years, what do you think we were doing since 2008 till June 2013? Pl don't shed crocodile's tears.

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  45. Hi.. I am little late to be here, I got this link while googling "Indians in Bhutan". and why I was googling it coz.. I was in assumption that Bhutan is happy country and people from other countries will also be happy here, but shocinkgly this doesn't seems the case here.

    I know nothing about politics in Bhutan and for that matter politics in Vietnam, China or Combodia. But what I can conclude from this article is, you guys dont like Indians much. I am not sure about the reason, I know you guys must have reasons for that.

    I used to wonder while seeing goverment vacancies, citizen of Nepal Tibet Bhutan given equal opportunities as any other Indian, why so. But gradually I realised we are kind that way, we support our neighbours in all the possible ways. Our soldiers help the neighbours in natural calamities, our engineers build roads, we gave shelter to refugees of an entire country on our own land, and many other.. But I guess that's just not enough.

    I thought Bhutan as happy country, but I dont think any country can be happy keeping this much hatred inside.

    All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts. If one speaks or acts with apure thought, happiness follows one, like a shadow that never leaves.
    (Dhammapada 1-2)

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