In search of new friends
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.