All’s not well

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

The seclu­sion that sep­a­rated Bhutan from the rest of the world pre­served its cen­turies old tra­di­tions and cul­ture. It is said that the peo­ple of Bhutan prac­tice a num­ber of rit­u­als that are very an­cient. How­ever, in ad­di­tion to pro­tect­ing the cul­ture of the coun­try, the seclu­sion also hid some un­pleas­ant as­pects of the Bhutanese so­ci­ety. One of them is the Lhot­sham­pas or the peo­ple of Nepali ori­gin liv­ing in south­ern Bhutan. In the mid-1980s, Bhutan de­clared as many as 100,000 Lhot­sham­pas as il­le­gal im­mi­grants de­spite the fact that they had been liv­ing in Bhutan for decades. Even their an­ces­tors lived in the coun­try. Now, a large num­ber of Lhot­sham­pas are liv­ing as refugees in many coun­tries of the world as Bhutan does not con­sider them its cit­i­zens while Nepal, from where the an­ces­tors of the Lhot­sham­pas came to Bhutan, is

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