India’s Blasé Attitude To Bhutan Only Makes China More Attractive

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

These are recent comments made by former and current high-ranking members of the Indian Army. Former Major General Ravi Arora’s comments on The Big Picture aired on Rajya Sabha TV ruffled feathers in Bhutan.

“There was no official response, but it was talked about a lot on social media,” Dawa Penjor, former executive director of Bhutan Media Foundation, told The Quint.

Rawat’s comment (while not untrue due to the Himalayas blocking access to China in the north) will undoubtedly leave a bad taste in Bhutanese mouths – Bhutan values its sovereignty, and, sandwiched between two competing behemoths, its political neutrality; something that should be obvious to an India that led the Non-Aligned Movement during the Cold War. Read more

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