In search of new friends

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Ran­gu­pati, Thim­phu, Bhutan

Pub­lished in Southasia’s July 2015 is­sue, the ar­ti­cle on Bhutan was well re­searched and up to date. A small is­land coun­try like Bhutan needs to ex­plore more al­lies at the diplo­matic front, to­gether with main­tain­ing good re­la­tion­ships with its neigh­bour­ing na­tions, in­clud­ing In­dia. This strat­egy will help Bhutan know its full po­ten­tial and the re­gional sig­nif­i­cance it holds for the rest of the in­flu­en­tial coun­tries, e. g. China and the United States. No doubt, the In­dian role in the de­vel­op­ment and progress of Bhutan is un­de­ni­able and worth ap­pre­ci­a­tion. How­ever, re­ly­ing on a sin­gle coun­try to meet de­vel­op­men­tal needs of­ten leads to an over­re­liance, which, in turn, has a neg­a­tive im­pact. In the mod­ern age of glob­al­i­sa­tion, ev­ery coun­try en­joys an equal sta­tus diplo­mat­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally, no mat­ter how small its ge­og­ra­phy is com­pared to the neigh­bour­ing states. Bhutan now seems to be go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

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