Sorry Bhutan! Bhutan chickens out from November SAARC Summit in Pakistan.
India has her stated public reason. And Bangladesh too had prior grievances and Afghanistan have Taliban based grievance with Pakistan.
The Kingdom of Bhutan never had substantial differences with Pakistan or any other SAARC member nations. It is simply a uniniatiative decision to comply with India's dictate. Bhutan had one unique opportunity to save SAARC and enhance her own regional constructive image. Bhutan should have publicly first called upon all members to postphone the SAARC Summit.
Not attending is not at all excusable. Bhutan simply became a self condemned Indian- slave- State overnight with this rediculous boycotting of the SAARC Summit.
The decision to start the winding up of SAARC does no good to Bhutan or to India. For India, she lost her own regional base in international politics. And for Bhutan, she had closed down one important regional legacy of the Fourth King and worse, displayed humiliating leadership as a nation and as a regional member.
SAARC without Pakistan cannot be a respected Regional Body. All others only kowtow India. It is at SAARC where India can get her international objectives enhanced and earn some recognition of the world as the Chief architect of an important region. And the fact Pakistan is part of SAARC makes India look more influential.
India may be feeling that SAARC usefulness is nearing the end for India. China has been pushing for membership and how long could India stave it off. And once China joins then one nation SAARC control goes out of Indian hand. So might as well wind it up at this time?
How could India be so insecure with so much resources in land mass and population volume? Pakustan can be embarrassed by this boycott but that nation cannot be isolated or bullied by SAARC collectively or individually by India. Nothing is gained by this boycott.
India could have still retained her big brother status at Islamabad Summit. Uri was humiliating. So were Pathankot and Mumbai. India just have to buck up as a nation and overcome the low morale of the navy, air force and army. The enemy is not Pakistan or Terrorists. Real weakness is civilian authorities attitude towards Defence Forces. Why compel the Defence Forces to beg for better pension and equal pay?
Indian media thinks that this boycott has isolated Pakistan. Well, if Pakistan is isolated with three members teaming up with India then is India also isolated since the other three members have teamed up with Pakistan?
No one nation has come off better in this unfortunate internal regional tussle. Really wish giant India had not brought this bilateral difference with Pakistan into this regional body.