“I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”, said Mother Teresa.
And she had a valid point. Neighbors are latent support to a house. Without neighbors there would be no one, you could say, to keep a watch on your house, do some dhania mircha trading, and ‘unke bete ne ye kiya’ stereotype gossiping. But on a serious note, neighbours are the best friends one can have.
The presence of a neighbor is also of paramount importance for a nation.
5th July to 7th July , 2018. India got an opportunity to host the P.M. of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay. On his three days visit to India, P.M. Tobgay met President Ramnath Kovind, P.M. Modi, and External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj.
P.M. Modi congratulated Mr Tobgay for “Bhutan’s imminent graduation to a middle income country, for achieving economic progress, while preserving its tradition and values”.
P.M Modi focused on strengthening bilateral economic ties.
Modi Ji inquired about the progress in Hydroelectric Power sector assisted by the Government of India. They discussed issues including Diplomatic Relations, Security Issues, Bilateral Relations, Strategic Corporations, and Trade.
India and Bhutan agreed to provide mutual support to each other. This visit of Tshering Tobgay strengthened India-Bhutan bonds.
The special thing about this visit was the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.
Yes, this visit of 2018 Bhutan PM, Tshering Tobgay is of historic importance. India and Bhutan have completed 50 years of mutual relations in 2018. Honorable President of India, Ramnath Kovind, termed the India-Bhutan relations as ‘exemplary’.
“Cultural and historical linkages between two countries made two countries a natural friend.”, President Kovind further added. He recalled the vision and guidance of Druk Gyalpo, which guided the amiable relations between both countries.
Bhutan has been and is indeed a very good neighbour.
Besides meeting the dignitaries, who are holding constitutional positions, P.M. Tshering Tobgay met the leader of opposition, Rahul Gandhi. I am quite worried about this meeting.
I hope, Mr. Rahul Gandhi did not promise him to lend his gold making machine, saying, “If I came to power, I will give you machine. It is an awesome machine. It takes potato as input and gives gold as output”.
Such immature statements can worsen India-Bhutan relations!
India-Bhutan alliance in regard to the Doklam dispute, which was covered exclusively by the Indian and Chinese media, can worsen if any immature talks are done. Doklam lies between China and Bhutan, and was invaded by China for territorial expansion.
China wants to gain regional supremacy in Asia. China’s support in building CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor), which passes through Pakistan, occupies parts of Kashmir also. This is a testimony of China’s evil desires for regional supremacy. Dokhlam expansion was another such case.
India helped Bhutan to prevent China from entering their nation and our natural neighbours gave explicit support to India government. The security ties and constant support to Bhutan also help India to be a regional leader in south Asia.
The friendly relations with neighbors like Bhutan, are an opportunity for India to tackle China’s dominance in the Asian region.
Also, it proves that united we stand, divided we fall.