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Indo-Bhutan Relations: Political Process, Conflict and Crisis

Debamitra Mitra (Author)
Synopsis Bhutan’s relations with India are historic and over the years have continued to widen and deepen.  Ever since Nehru’s visit, India has played a major role in Bhutan’s economic development and continues to do so.  From Bhutan’s first five year plan onwards, Indian assistance has been mainly in the infrastructure sectors such as roads, health, education, industries and power and in a number of major projects such as the impressive international airport at Paro.  As Bhutan gradually emerged from its self-imposed isolation to modernization, so did its political institution evolve simultaneously without disturbing overmuch their traditional culture and civilization, especially with visionary resolution of the fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the true architect of present day Bhutan.

The geographical configuration of Bhutan has made it what may be termed as “mini yam between two rocks”.  This description implies that Bhutan is strategically placed between two powerful neighbours, China and India.  This book mainly deals with the important aspects of bilateral relations between India and Bhutan.  It takes a brief notice of its early history and focuses on different stages of political relations with India to the present, and makes a comparative study of its political status and commercial relations between the two countries through the trade treaties.  The hydel power projects are best examples of benefits which can flow from agreements through diplomacy to both countries.
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About the author

Debamitra Mitra

Debamitra Mitra has done her M Phil and PhD in International Relations and Modern History from Jadavpur University and Calcutta University respectively. She has experience in academics (teaching and research) and media (print and audio-visual) for more than 14 years. She is currently working as Faculty Member at Icfai Business School Research Centre, Kolkata. Prior to joining Icfai, she taught international relations, political science, social work, sociology, environmental studies, international law and feminism at St. Xavier's College, Lady Brabourne College and Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She also worked for The Times of India, Kolkata, where she headed the editorial team of Art and Edit Cell (Eastern India). She also worked in Pailan Group of Educational Institutes, Kolkata as Director-Academics for a brief period. She has published many articles on international relations and social issues in various academic journals and presented many papers in different seminars. She authored a book 'End of Communist Rule in East Europe, Poland: A Case Study' published by Minerva Associates Pvt. Ltd., and co-authored a book 'Environmental Science' in two volumes published by New Central Book Agency (P) Ltd., Books and Allied (P) Ltd., Kolkata. Two of her edited books on 'Wetland Conservation and Ecotourism: South Asian Perspective' and 'Sociology in Practice: An Introduction' published by Icfai University Press are released in November 2007.

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Title Indo-Bhutan Relations: Political Process, Conflict and Crisis
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788189901721
length xi+363p., Map; Illustrations; Charts; Tables; NOtes; Bibliography; Appendices; Index; 23cm.