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Bhutan: Dilemma of Change in a Himalayan Kingdom

B.C. Upreti (Editor)
Synopsis Study of Bhutan is fascinating in many respects. Its complex ecology has provided it a distinct identity not only geographically but also socially and culturally. For a long time this small Himalayan state was ruled under a dual authority system of Dev Raja and Dharma Raja. Today, Bhutan is among those few countries of the world which have a monarchic system. Being a backward and underdeveloped country Bhutan is faced with immense challenges of socio-economic transformation. Bhutan’s quest for modernization and political liberalization has further aggravated popular needs and aspirations. The country is today passing through a transitional phase. To what extent Bhutanese ruling elite will succeed in preserving its cultural uniqueness in the context of ongoing process of Political liberalization is a significant issue. ‘ the multi-structured society of Bhutan has fallen into a vortex of ethnic conflict with the explosion of the problem of Nepali immigrants. These are serious issues which the Bhutanese society and polity is concerned with today. This study is an attempt to probe into the above-mentioned issues and thereby understand the dynamics of a transitional society.
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B.C. Upreti

B.C. Upreti is a senior faculty member in the South Asia Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.  He is associated with the studies on Nepal for last three decades.  He has written extensively on South Asia in general and Nepal in particular.  Dr. Upreti has nearly two-dozen books to his credit and has also contributed nearly 80 research papers in different edited books and leading national and international journals.  Apart from his studies on Nepal, he has also taken interest on the studies on Bhutan and Uttarakhand.  The major thrust areas of his research are: Foreign Assistance; Developmental Issues and Challenges; Water Resources; Inter-State Migrations; Regional Security; Electoral Politics; Regional and Sub-Regional Cooperation in South Asia.

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Title Bhutan: Dilemma of Change in a Himalayan Kingdom
Author B.C. Upreti
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187644656
length viii+125p., Figures; Tables; Maps; Notes; References; 23cm.