India-Bhutan Relationships: Cordial but Concerns Remain

  • Amit Ranjan Visiting Research Fellow at Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Keywords: China, Doklam, Fiendship Treaty, Hydropower, Royal Monetary Authority


In 2018, India and Bhutan completed 50 years of their diplomatic relationships. For a large number of South Asian observers and commentators, the two countries are considered close to each other, however, there are areas of concern. One of them is India‟s investments in Bhutan‟s hydropower sector. There is a growing disillusionment among a section of the Bhutanese population over India‟s engagements in this sector. This paper looks at the relationships between the two countries and examines the concerns of Bhutanese against India. The author argues that Bhutan is a small but strategically important country for India whose concerns must be satisfactorily addressed by New Delhi.


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