In the course of Doklam fight back, some Indian Media people projected my protest articles on the Indian Army transgression and Indian Governmrnt stand as Bhutan being their " Protectorate state " as pro China and anti India. Maybe Indian Government, too, wrongfully assumed that I did not like India. However, I maintained that no one in Bhutan was anti India. And I was simply loving Bhutan more.
It now has turned out that I was the best and most well meaning advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
I refer to the 2nd paragraph of my article of 28th August, 2017 titled " Doklam is free from Trespassers. May the Deities of Bhutan always prevail !" at Wangcha Sangey blog.
" I sincerely thank His Excellency Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India for taking the right step and correcting the mis- step of war- mongering politicians and bureaucrats. Please appoint an independant Defence Minister to avoid free rides for war- mongers. Shri Arun Jaitley is over stretched and buried under Note Ban deluge and GST complexities." Unquote.
Since then the following events took place in India.
1. On 4th September, 2017, Madam Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed the Defence Minister replacing Shri Arun Jaitley.
2. On 25th September, 2017, His Excellency PM Modi Constituted the Economic Advisory Council.
3. On 27th September, 2017, former NDA Finance Minister Shri Yashwant Sinha attacked both Demonitization and GST. He said that the Indian Economy was sliding down hopelessly.
4. On 4th October, 2017, former NDA Cabinet Minister Shri Arun Shourie an economist likened Demonitization to suicide and reiterated the economic illness that his colleague Shri Yashwant Sinha had exposed.
5. Nothing can be done about the ill thought out and horribly implemented demonitization except to now shut up about benefits that are invisible except to deceptive eyes of Shri Jaitley. But the Government of India has introduced many changes in GST during the months of September and this October. GST rates have been lowered for many products. And process has been simplified for many small companies.
My advice to His Excellency PM Narendra Modi has hit the bull's eye. Relieved that Indian Government has responded appropriately and that knowledgeable senior Indian Leaders have publicly confirned my honest assessment of demonitization and GST. And seasoned political commentators in India have cautioned India from taking Bhutan for granted as in Doklam transgression. I am satisfied with changes in Defence Ministry of India but still look forward to the Indian Army Chief stepping aside. India deserves a cool and decisive military leader not a shrill saber rattler.
Now I am not at all sure how the Bhutanese Government will respond to my honest appeals.
1. Get the Bhutan- China Border Deal done at the earliest. Not for China but for Bhutan's own status among international commity and for shedding once and for all times this " protectorate " tag from India.
2. Nothing is worth compromising national sovereignty. There is no sales price for Druk Yul. Our Royal Institution predates Indian Independence by 42 years. So there is no question of " helping rulers to rule in Bhutan " by India. The power to elect the Government is in the hands of the Bhutanese voters. So fear not India for institutional survival because real powers are based on the will of our forefathers and our own voters.
Bhutan cannot afford to get involved between China and India regional hegemony tussle. We cannot be a puppet toy of America, China or India. So be Bhutanese even if that means doing without the offer of " carrots " like softer power project deals and better electricity price or any other cakes for subjugation. Do not worry about Amochu and the other bigger hydro project in the pipeline or 12th Plan budget. Just concentrate on getting the ongoing power projects completed at the soonest.
Bhutan needs genuine friends who appreciate Bhutanese national aspiration. India knows what sovereignty means to Bhutan. The days of a Kingdom in pawn position is over. Palden Drukpa Gyel Lo !