Cancelling the Southern Highway of Bhutan was never about security interest of Bhutan. Not just PDP formed Cabinet, the whole Kingdom buckled under pressures from New Delhi. India suffers from fear mirage and China hallucination. India thinks China will speed down from Doklam to the shelved Amocu hydro- project valley along the shelved Southern Highway from Samtse to Daifam and in the process swallow whole of North Eastern India from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh. India actually must respect Bhutan as a sovereign nation with all the intent to remain sovereign. Not under Indian or Chinese hegemony. India has no basis for such fear of China if Bhutan remains truly sovereign.
Some 1962 era babies in New Delhi have yet to wake up from the womb trauma of 1962 consequences of Indian provocations against China. And Bhutanese democratic leaderships are being overly concerned with preserving local national power and wealth. An attitude that demonstrated a kind of better surrender sovereign rights and live in personal comfort of local power and national coffers than risk being steam rolled like what happened to DPT in 2013.
Amusing to read the statement in the Parliament by the government that people did not protest cancellation of Southern Highway. I agree that there was no public marches and flag dragging protests. Thank Pelden Drukpa and may similar protests of Southern Bhutanese rebellion never again happen. But many did protest loud and clear against the cancellation of Southern Highway. Not violently but in clear writings and reasoned voices. And I think no government should ever seek protests on the streets. Bhutan does not need nor can the nation afford such civil unrest. When public pleads and appeals that should be the wake up call for any well meaning authority to act positively.
I wish PDP Cabinet had shown the courage to apologise its inability the last time and now state in no uncertain term its determination to build a Southern Highway along the Indo- Bhutan border if it returns to govern the next 5 years. Such a highway is indispensable for Bhutan and good even for India in the long run. I do not feel that a new Party Cabinet can ever stand up to the evil forces against national sovereign decisions. Maybe not even the restructured DPT.
Nothing personal against the leaderships or candidates of the Political Parties. Just that I believe weakness of PDP Cabinet was mainly due to its inexperience and thus lack of confidence when confronted with high stakes in its initial years of governance. And new Parties unfortunately suffer the same inadequacies and handicaps. But that does not mean experienced leaders should always govern at the helm. Maybe changes will bring about the necessary evolution in the Bhutanese democracy experience. Whether fate of Southern Highway or Trilateral India- Bhutan- China relationship fares any better under a different Political Party government is most uncertain as of now.
Maybe as election campaign heats up, the Four Political Parties will publicly define their interpretation of sovereignty for Bhutan in both internal and external parameters. If so then may the most sincere to Pelden Drukpa ways come to power to lead the nation from the smog of outside political pollution and internal political confusion.