December 11, 2017

Tag Archives: Bhutan

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Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff

With the world focused on the scary possibility of war on the Korean Peninsula, not many people paid much attention to a series of naval exercises this past July in the Malacca Strait, a 550-mile long passage between Sumatra and Malaysia through which pass over 50,000 ships a year.   With President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ... Read More »

View from India: The Doklam Test

China has been assiduously working to encircle India both on land and sea, with the eventual aim of capturing markets and relegating India to a secondary position, says one former general of Indian Army. Read More »

Tough Time Ahead for Bhutan’s Hydropower

Flash floods, sediment deposits and low river levels could make trouble for the Himalayan country’s dam plans – the bedrock of its green economy. Read More »

Bhutan Diversifies its Renewables with Wind Turbines

Bhutan is developing wind and solar to reduce its reliance on hydropower and reduce electricity imports every winter. Read More »

Democracy Still Taking Roots in Bhutan

From the very beginning, Bhutan took an unusual path to democracy. It was decreed by the Fourth King as his ‘gift’ to the nation. But although his citizens could not refuse the gift, the question of whether they have fully accepted it remains unanswered. Read More »

Bhutan’s Restive Indian Neighborhood

Political turbulence and separatist violence in the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal are impacting the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, notes one Bhutanese analyst. Read More »

View from India: Saarc Without a Backbone

Saarc declarations have made considerable progress on a range of issues, from trade and connectivity to ecology. But these declarations only serve to highlight that Saarc has near zero credibility. Read More »

Bhutan: The Indian Army’s Front Line

Strategically located, the tiny Himalayan country is at the center of growing tensions between India and China. Read More »

South Asia Needs to Face up to Water and Energy Dilemma

South Asia’s water and energy crises are deeply intertwined. Growing energy demand drives water shortages and lack of water fuels power outages. Regional cooperation – such as power trading between countries – could ease tightening resource constraints but such solutions have been largely scuppered by political suspicions. Read More »

‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy Read More »