Friday, August 11, 2017

An authoritarian India tends to be overbearing upon her neighbours.

Many wise words were spoken by late Lyonpo Dawa Tsering. His Excellency was the Foreign Minister of Bhutan for nearly three decades. A learned leader who encompassed qualities of much  intelligence and stately adroitness.  I particularly recall his explanatory submission as Foreign Minister to the honourable members of the National Assembly of Bhutan who were perplexed and frustrated by many unfriendly acts of the Government of India under Emergency Rule (1975 to 1977). His Excellency said that when an authoritarian Government is in power, that nation also tends to adopt an overbearing attitude towards the weaker neighbours. Bhutan must exercise political skill and fortitude. How so very true! May His Excellency rest in Peace.

Fortunately, by the infinite Grace of our Deities, the leadership our Great 4th King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and wise counsels, Bhutan warded off the fate that befell upon Sikkim just before Emergency rule in India.  It was closer than a dangerous state of affairs. I think His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk had an apt description of that state in the 1970s  during the public constitutional consultations in 2007. The King put it as , " like a leaf tossing on a swollen river ". His Majesty who was not born then, must have learned of the crisis of the 1970s from his illustrious father.

India is once again ready to flex her national muscle in the region. And each time that happens, the testing guinea pig is Bhutan. This is what happened at Doklam.The NDA Government headed by BJP is at its zenith of power in India. The Indian Prime Minister His Excellency Narendra Modi is sweeping the whole of India under his charismatic personality backed by the Merlin type of political wizard Shri Amit Shah. The combination of the two is recording astonishing  political history in India. To the historians later, it might be a period of dusk black or dust gold.

This time India decided Doklam as a pretext to declare Bhutan a "Protectorate state"  and attempted to establish complete hegemony over our Kingdom.  China was not the ultimate objective of Indian military adventurism at Doklam. It was Bhutan. Fortunately, China stood firmly against Bhutan being converted into solely an Indian buffer cushion and protectorate state.  Thus when so definitely and decisively  confronted by China, India had to decide to withdraw and await perhaps another favourable day to overwhelm Bhutan.

In public domain,  Bhutan stood stoically silent this time. The behind the scene had to be rather frenzy. Our Kings ( both the Majestic Son and the Father ) had to be  engaged in some feverish survival diplomacy whilst our Monastic institutions were in deep Prayers. The two Royal and Spiritual  Institutions together are responsible for peace, happiness and security of Bhutan and her people. The democratic Government main task  is to implement successfully the 5 year development plans and ensure economic prosperity and fair governance.

The Indian Army withdrawl has be done in an acceptable public drama so as to freeze verbal attacks by the Oppositions in the Indian Parliament.  So Indian Army  plans to withdraw on the basis of Bhutan Army taking over their role. But on the ground, it is not possible for Bhutan Army to replace transgressing Indian troops on Chinese controlled Doklam.  Further, to even theoretically agree, is placing Bhutanese sovereignty in grave future danger. As that will make it appear that India secured an area at Doklam for Bhutan. An act of what India claims protecting Bhutanese territory from China.

My humble advice to India is to withdraw and acclaim publicly that Bhutanese Army is taking over the role. And Bhutan continue her public silence. China would be happy with the retreat. And no one is going to be wiser at the  ground level. Remote Doklam is away from prying eyes. It is two days hard trek through mountain ravines from the motorable road point on Bhutan side. In hindsight, if only China so generously continued the road extension into our land  for our use. 

The true political picture is that  Bhutanese land is not needed to be protected by a third power and India winds up her adventurism of the century. This time, Bhutan retains her status quo of a sovereign Kingdom. May the people of Bhutan, China and India be blessed with compassionate and sensible leaders though not necessarily in alphabetical order as I try to maintain fairness.   

Many years after Emergency Rule in India, when Her Excellency Indra Gandhi was shot down by her security guard, an Indian Army General was supposed to have exclaimed, " how bloody lucky for Bhutan ".  So it's possible that such scheming Indian leaders do not give up easily upon clutching Bhutan in their claws. Still I do not wish them the fate of India Indra. But for Bhutan, I pray that the our omniscient powerful Deities keep under the radar of their thunder bolts those who pose danger upon the " Land of Pelden Drukpa."

Pelden Drukpai Lha Gyel Lo !


  1. India decided to gobble up Bhutan in a single slurping gulp on the pretext of Doklam crisis, but our working deities are there to make them eat their own shit instead. This is the only reason why they sell this China fear theory to rest of the world to achieve this evil goal. India must be listed for Axis of Evil, not King Jong Un of North Korea or China. Perhaps, our deities must have been working on the minds of Chinese leaders to keep the prying prowlers away. This is the lesson Bhutan must never forget. Whatever the cost, we stand united behind our leaders. Pray our deities keep a watchful eyes over Bhutan and keep us safe from those interlopers. Palden Drukpa Drukpa Gyelo..!

    1. Yeah buddy keep glorifying China, ask the Tibetans how they enjoyed being gobbled up by China. After invading Tibet the Chinese sent in ethnic Chinese to make Tibetans a minority in their own country to enslave them further. The same fate will await clueless dummies in Bhutan. If it weren't for Indian protection you would have been Chinese by now and forget about using this internet site because you would only get government approved sites glorifying the Communist Party. Count your blessings for now and keep on cursing Indians while they protect you from Chinese repression. Or do you think your own Army would be able to stop the Chinese building roads on your territory and claiming it is theirs? Lucky for you your Goverment is much smarter than you are.

    2. I can say the same thing for Sikkim, Ladhak and Tawang. The indegenious people have become a minority to the point of irrelevance. who cannot speak their own native tongue.

    3. Yeah buddy keep defending india.....ask the sikkimese how they enjoyed being gobbled up by the indians to make sikkimese buddhist a minority in their own state to enslave them to hindus....the same fate will await you bhutanese ...if it were't for the sikkim lesson, bhutan would've trusted india.Remember even the so called democratic free world can't stop india from using dirty tactics from gobbling up sikkim.They made use of the rivalries betwwen ethnic nepalese hindus and sikkimese buddhists, india supported the the hindus, go and check it out on the internet. Count your blessings for now, bhutan is still a partial sovereign country,if the indians moved their troops into your country, they may not leave.Lucky you are aware of this danger.

    4. You are joining many repeating this lie that China invaded Tibet. Tibet has been a part of China for centuries. The entire west has been brainwashed and this is a small fact among many that has led the west to lose completely the moral ground as leaders of the world, although they keeping claiming the world needs them to lead. Let's not even try to start debating whether Tibet has been a part of China for many centuries. Just look at the fact in this current standoff at Doklam. Why do you think the British actually signed the border treaty along Sikkim and Tibet with the Qing Dynasty of CHINA IN 1890? Also please be informed that before 1959, the vast majority or common people in Tibet were slaves. I mean literally slaves, not common people treated as slaves. They were actually slaves in the religious/political system. Only people with a twisted mind will think Tibetans are living a worse condition now that when they were not only used and treated as slaves, but were actually classified as slaves formally in the ruling system. This only changed after the communist army entered Tibet. I am not a friend of communists but I would like to give them credit on this one. And I am hoping some day an honest historian in the west will be brave enough to stand up and show the truth. The truth is there, it is just intentionally smeared!

    5. Nowadays there are tons of tourists visiting Tibet from other countries unescorted each year. You can google it and find all kinds of agencies for these kind of trips. You can go there and ask the Tibetans yourself. On the other hand the part of historic Tibet that is occupied by India, South Tibet, the so called Arunachal Pradesh, when India made it a state and named it as such, is off limit to most people, even to Indians themselves. South Tibet includes the monastic town Tawang, birthplace of the Sixth Dalai Lama and home to a four hundred years old Tibetan monastery. Tawang is invaded and occupied by India since 1951. Nobody knows what is going on in South Tibet. But the fact that India has to impose the notorious AFSPA (Armed Force Special Power Act) on them goes to show that India is distrustful of the locals. AFSPA is a tool used by the British Raj to suppress dissents and to intimidate the locals. India now is doing the same thing to the Tibetans under its rule. And India is styling itself to be an advocate of the Tibetans. What a hypocrite!

      This standoff between India and China bring to light the 1890 Convention between Great Britain and China regarding the demarcation of border between Sikkim and Tibet. The treaty mentions Tibet twenty-nine times and unequivocally shows that China’s emperor considered Tibet part of his realm and Great Britain agreed.

      That Tibet is part of China is once again affirmed by the United States as show in this 1944 film produced by the US Department of Defense.

  2. Indians tend be very clueless about where they stand in the world as a country. Perhaps a good pounding by China will be the one thing that will knock some sense into them.

  3. "In hindsight, if only China so generously continued the road extension into our land  for our use.  "

    I always have a feeling that Bhutanese not only does not see China road constructions as threatening they actually welcome it. This author is confirming my conjecture. After all India is exploiting Bhutan's geographic isolation for its own geopolitical ambition and these roads not only improve China logistic in the border area but can also provide alternative to Bhutan as another connection to the outside world.

  4. Time is fast running out. War in 1962 brought peace between India and China for nearly 60 years. Now, India is rearing its ugly head again. China needs to teach Indian another lesson to make sure its ugly head remain buried for another 100 years. China has a much better bomb than nuclear bomb. It is cheap, efficient, plentiful – water bomb. All China needs to do is flood the whole area; everything solved.

    At this point, the only way for India to achieve peace with China is for Indians to get their smelly asses out of Doklam/Donglang area immediately.

  5. Any country putting their nose in foreign soil and fighting and claiming victory in foreign soil whereby keeping their own country protected and safe and furthermore letting the country collapse in the name of peace and arms support is shame. Such countries is working for his own country but not for other country...

  6. I am very sure Mr.Wangcha Sangey will be the target of Pro-Indian bloggers again shortly.

    1. Judging from the things happening in our country since 2013 onwards, yes our leaders and government are Pro - Indian or servants of Indian but I must say we Bhutanese people are not pro- Indian. We are for Bhutan and its people. Bhutanese people fully stands behind Wangcha Sangey and his statements. For we common Bhutanese, Nation and People comes first.

  7. interesting to read this & Yeshey Dorji's blog...while it gives me an insight to the view from Bhutan about Indian machinations :) China comes out quite the angel, Tibet calls. Thanks for the lovely essay.

    1. Do not make neighbors enemies.
      Do not get clamps on small neighbors.

      (1) After Both Tanks Break Down, India Knocked Out Of International Drill

      Build yourself. Intergate India.

      (2) Doklam

      A road will not hurt India. The military force really favour India at that place. What will hapen for India is that making Bhutan more equal with India. Bhutan's equal distance do help India, Bhutan, and China. Does the Bhutan-China normal relationship will hurt India?

    2. Inida(1947), China(1949).

      At that time, India was much better than China. If I were Dalai Lama, I would chose India.

      I would like to ask Dalai Lama a question: If that situation happens today, what decision would he make?

      From view of a long history, border does not matter.

    3. This is a typical response from an Indian.

      No concern whatsoever about Bhutan or the concerns of its people. Only how an event affects India vs China.

      This ham handed Indian diplomacy is only going to drive Bhutan further into the arms of China.

      India is trapped here. Either escalate further and be left with a bloody nose from China, or back down and lose face.

    4. Hi my friend your advocating about a nation who has interest to occupy the whole nearby by land and sea for better self benefits which can be realized later when agony comes with out prejudice can't seek any help from neighbours as you are trying to choose worse choice and have no ideas about the nation you support.
      Only interest to broaden authority and rule for benefits of main land and do unethical business programs for self prosperity. Of course all depending on your evaluation and knowledge of the history of nations not on assistance to trap your identities.

  8. Its impossible for me to fathom why our leaders are so willing to serve the interests of New Delhi even at the cost of our national interests. The memories of 2013 are still fresh in Bhutanese minds. The Great JYT in his farsightedness thought that having relation with China would be in the national interest of Bhutan. But some of his power hungry opponents aided by some treacherous media people made an issue out of his efforts to develop relation with China, and so with India's blessings stopped him from becoming the PM for the second term.
    Many of us knew that things were not turning out well for Bhutan since then. Bhutanese hopes that Bhutan gradually freeeing from the clutches of New Delhi with the coming of democracy were dashed. The present government seems to be gladly willing to dance to the tunes of Indian government. AIIB is a good example. When all south asian nations joined the Chinese led AIIB, Bhutan did not join. I guess Thimphu did not get green light from New Delhi. Another example is the OBOR which was also led by the Chinese. Bhutan too missed the OBOR train. I guess that is also because Thimphu did not get New Delhi permit. Now how long is Bhutan going to please Indian politicians even when it is detrimental to our national interests.
    Of late the Bhutan-China-India border dispute has become a national dilemma. India says that they are on the disputed area (between Bhutan and China) at the invitation of Bhutan. I think our government owe an explanation to the Bhutanese people. Were the Indians really asked by the Bhutanese government to defend the disputed area? If so, its as good as surrendering our sovereignty to India. Wake up, national leaders of Bhutan.
    Many of us knew all too well that JYT was right when he said "Bhutanese people may not understand what JYT tried to do for Bhutan, but someday they will and by then it will be too late". Perhaps his words will come haunt those in that serve the interest of New Delhi. For a concerned citizen like my self, I wished JYT was at the helm of governance because a leader of his calibre cannot be coerced or forced to act against the interest of Bhutan. For Bhutan and Bhutanese people, Pelden Drukpa Lha Gyalo!

  9. India tells China not to 'intimidate' BHutan !
    WTF !

    God knows what kind of arm twisting is being applied to Thimphu from Delhi right now !

    Threat of economic sanction like 2013 ?
    assasination ? [1]
    Regime change ?

    assassination of the late Prime Minister Jigme Palden Dorji,

  10. China has said everything that needed to be said to tell the world what has happened and also to India what it needs to do to deconflict the situation – anything more would be beating the dead horse; India is still stubbornly staying put at Doklam/Donglang (it has no choice or should I say, cornered itself). The only thing left is conflict/war between India and China.

    Now the fun part begins! China is gleefully in the driver’s seat; it can now start the conflict at any time and any place(s) at its own choosing. The interesting or more amused part is watching India becoming more and more nervous everyday, not knowing what China’s next move is going to be, while bleeding itself financially on additional unnecessary military expenditures. Had it not been an impending conflict with China, those expenditures could be distributed for other useful purposes, and it is not a small number.

    At this point, India is stuck between a rock and a hard place: if it doesn’t do anything and war starts, it is caught unprepared and loses, as it happened in 1962. But if it starts deploying troops like it is doing now, not only there is additional expenditures, but people’s perception of imminent war coming could drastically affect Indians thinking and their way of living (India also has tonnes of internal issues). The problem is that neither choice is good for India economy at a minimum, which is what India desperately needs after the monetisation and GST fiascoes.

    As a result, under such conundrum, India government picked the less of two evils (better safe than sorry): It has decided to increase its military defense troops on all fronts, just in case, which tells the world that India is scared and in a total mess. It appears that India has no long term planning, and only acts in a haphazard way to satisfy short term perception, which is indicative of India as a nation since its inception.

    I can’t wait (anxiously) to see what/when China’s next move is going to be, while at the same time joyfully watching India becoming more and more unsettled with apprehension, not knowing what/where/when China is going to do next (it could be tomorrow, next month, or next year). India has no one but itself to blame...

    1. The most profound impact could be a mentality change in the Chinese business community. In the recent years there has been a popular notion there that China needs to help India develop its infrastructure and economy, to expand business opportunities for the Chinese and in the meantime help the Indians become richer. What the Indian government is doing is teaching them a long lasting lesson. After all everyone in the world now is looking for capital inflow and investment. And who is holding a lot of cash? The Chinese. India is stubbornly proving investing in India is way too dangerous, to probably the only big investor at this point in the world stage.

  11. How can we trust him?

    Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran talks about what has changed between India and China, why India can’t back down, the time India, Pakistan came close to signing the Siachen deal, why we shouldn’t fear losing Bhutan, and why ‘mutual disengagement’ is the only answer to the current standoff with Beijing.

    Coomi Kapoor: Isn’t it true that a small country like Bhutan would like to have diplomatic ties with China, and it is India which is stopping it?

    That is not the reality. The people in Bhutan are ethnically close to those in Tibet. An open kind of relationship with China would mean, in practice, an open kind of relationship with Tibet on the other side. Second, don’t forget that the kind of policy that Bhutan has followed over the last several years has been to incrementally expand its engagement with the rest of the world. India has not stood in its way. When Bhutan has felt ready to, for example, become a member of the United Nations, India sponsored their membership. Or when they wanted to have a United Nations office in Bhutan, we had no problems. So, it is really for Bhutan to decide what its comfort level is, in terms of expanding its own engagement with the rest of the world… it is not that India is going to prevent you. In any case, there is not much India can do to prevent them. The only thing which the Indian side would like to be assured of is that there should be no surprises in terms of the move that Bhutan makes. That is the only requirement.

    1. He is an Indian government official.

    2. That only requirement is exactly what colonialism is called. Why should Bhutan need to consult with India?

      It is a sovereign country. It is more like India allowed sym olic opening but prevents any real opening.

    3. This line says it all: "The only thing which the Indian side would like to be assured of is that there should be no surprises in terms of the move that Bhutan makes. That is the only requirement"
      In other words anything Bhutan wishes to do has to get permission from India and also to follow orders when called upon to do so. Bhutan's freedom to exercise its independent and sovereign right had been severely restricted by despotic India.

  12. One positive outcome as a result of India and China Doklam standoff, regardless what the final outcome will be between India and China, is the ultimate exposure to the world of what a bully India is and how India used various bullying tactics towards its smaller neighbors over the years, not just on Bhutan, also Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, to get what it wants. And why its neighbors do not like India, let along trust India. I must confess growing up we don’t pay much attention to India , nor Bhutan, nor Nepal (even though we are neighbors, they may as well be 10,000 miles away for all we care). In fact, I had no idea India was such a conniving and manipulative country who blatantly used all kinds of dirty tactics/tricks on its neighbors to get its way (we just assumed India and its smaller neighbors were getting along just fine). And what is most shocking to me is that many Bhutanese do not like Indians at all, some are even borderline hatred; they only tolerate Indians because there is no other choices to be had due to Bhutan’s geological location as a land locked nation. Now that India’s bullying secrets/behaviors have been exposed to the world, come 2018 election, it is Bhutanese choice to decide.

  13. What does India really want to do?

    20 Mountain Division will move into Bhutan as 33 Corps wargames different battle scenarios with troops against the Chinese Red Land Forces. Eastern Command at Kolkata will chip in with theatre reserves as required. Op Alert is a full scale exercise with troops for rehearsing units and formations for war which I have conducted a number of times.


  14. Regime change in Malives....

  15. Amid all these allegations and counter allegations- About trespassing into each other's border, respecting the territorial integrity, maintaining status quo etc, we are reminded of one thing. That is, such border disputes and its subsequent implications has happened in the past and it will happen in the future as well. '

    For a small country like Bhutan, it is in our best interest to foster close diplomatic relation with as many neighbors as possible. Having many diplomatic relations will strengthen Bhutan's sovereignty even further. There is a saying that when two Elephants fight,it is the grass that gets crushed and destroyed. Therefore, it is absolutely vital for Bhutan to avoid any such situations.

    We cannot forego India for the sake of diplomatic relation with China. Conversely, a diplomatic relation with China will only strengthen Bhutan's stance for present and future generations.

    Therefore, we need a a very skillful leader who could achieve the delicate balance of setting up diplomatic relation with China and at the same time convenience India that it is for the good for all the parties.

    We definitely cannot trust either India or China when it comes to our own territorial integrity and security. I remember the late Prime Minister of India Indra Gandhi once said "To conquer Sikkim, it will be like shooting a fly with a Gun". And we all know what happened to Sikkim thereafter!.

  16. May be both India and China are 'jostling for influence' as advertised by the MSM,
    yet there's huge difference bet their approach,

    Unlike India, China doesnt use underhand tricks like destabilisation, regime change, assasinations, economic blockade and outright invasion.
    They dont call India the 'USA of South Asia ' for nothing. !

  17. Ahhh look at the indians who commented here, speaking like a master to your slaves in the old British days. Hindus, RSS, and Modi do not care about the minority races and groups at all. Nearly all minority races/groups are protesting or rioting in India and the Modi gang just refuse to respond to their requests at all. India is becoming a Hindu india, a mono-race nation and there will be no room for the minorities. We are just watching a new nazi nation raising.

  18. To this day the Indians are still perpetuating the nonsense that there is a security treaty between India and Bhutan. Watch.

  19. Indians think they 'know' so much of China, yet its all fake news courtesy of western/Indian MSM.
    They know zip about their own country, its a total whitewash.

    Why do the Indian heartlanders call the NorthEast folks 'chinkie faced terrorists' ?
    Cuz the natives all look like Chinese/Tibetans/Bhutanese !
    How did the 'seven sisters' [Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura] ended up in India in the first place ?

    Look at a map, the NorthEast sticks out like a sore thumb from the Indian heartland. !
    they simply dont belong !

    Indians intrude into Doklam 'to protect the NorthEast' [sic]
    BUt if you ask the NorthEasterners whats their greatest threat,
    They'd tell you Chinese PLA is the last thing on their mind,
    But a whole generation 'wet themselves' at the sight of the Indian army !!

  20. the times just put out a really well informed article. It does a good job exposing the sleazy indian tactics and how Bhutanese really feel about them

    1. The article, while does shed light on Bhutanese view on India, is still biased towards India. It is still propagating the nonsense that China is occupying a neighboring country (Tibet) when China or any other country has the right to prevent its country from being carved up. On the other hand it make no mention of Sikkim being annexed by India.

    2. As if on cue the comment section is swarmed with Indians trying to obfuscate the facts. For example Indians are still saying with a straight face that Sikkim wasn't annexed by willingly join India in a referendum. Just wonder why would anyone want to join that country.

    3. Mantou,

      On the subject of India/China
      NYT at least has some semblance of objectivity,
      Wapo is outright anti Chinese.

      But OTOH,
      NYT censored my comments while Wapo didnt ;-)

    4. I am actually pretty surprise that New York Times ran that article. May be because it contains this obligatory 'China occupy Tibet....' line that the editors allow it to be printed. The Western media so call free press is actually pretty grotesque when it comes to China related news. There was a time when I take for granted the neutrality of the Western media because of my believe that corporate media that is not government owned has no reason to be biased. How wrong am I! Let's me give an example. Early this year Kenya launched a brand new railway line from Mombasa to Nairobi built and funded by China. This is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by Kenya since its independence and the largest infrastructure in East Africa in as many years. At the time I was curious how this news will be carried in the Western media, with the expectation that charges of exploitation, colonialism...etc and all that nonsenses will be liberally sprinkled throughout the articles. To my surprise this is not the case. The Western media by and large simply choose to boycott the news. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian... for example simply chose not to report the news. Note that these newspapers are not regional news media, these are newspaper that have an international scope. All of these three newspapers even have an Africa section. At that time I went to the Africa section to check whether it was reported there but none was to be found. So there you have it.

      For people who are interested in this railway line, go to YouTube and search for "Kenya standard gauge railway" and see some nice videos there.

    5. mantou,

      disinfo is just a small part of the the West arsenals,

      uncle scam & Co has much worse dirty tricks up their sleeves....
      assasinations, destabilisations, regime changes, terrorism.

      same for India,
      USA/India are simply tailored made for each other !

  21. The whole world now knows what happened to Sikkim and how India forcefully annexed Sikkim in the name of India security concern.

    India is also occupying Nepal’s land in the name of India security concern.

    Bhutan better watch out and act now, otherwise, it may just end up to be another Sikkim to India, instead of independent Bhutan, in the name of India security concern.

    Do you see the pattern here?

    1. Indeed.

      The BHutanese know whats going on but they have to tread very cautiously , Delhi is even more ruthless than Washington in its peripherals.

  22. Wow, this Indian article -, calls Bhutan a "nation-state". Says Bhutan is in the Indian sphere of influence, and India has influence over "Bhutan’s doings". Sounds Bhutan is part of India already.

    1. The guy who wrote that piece is clueless. He said that by the end of the 1962 war the Indian territory of Aksai Chin was handed to Beijing. This is just nonsense. Aksai Chin sits on a plateau and is extremely hard to get to from the Indian side. The British Raj has never has any control on this area. In fact China was able to build a road on Aksai Chin in the 1950s and for two years India didn't even know its existence until some Indian read about it in a Chinese publication. How can that be Indian territory? Just because India claim it doesn't make it so.