Takshashila Strategic Assessment: India-Bhutan Relationships – Fostering the Friendship

By Sudha Ramachandran, Hamsini Hariharan, and Shibani Mehta

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Executive Summary

The Doklam crisis is evidence that the regional security dynamic in the neighbourhood is being challenged. As Bhutan readies for its third National Assembly elections later this year, India must act to address Bhutanese concerns that are weakening the traditionally strong bilateral relationship.

India could reduce the erosion of its influence in Bhutan by continuing to aid Bhutan’s development, maintaining ties with the Bhutanese monarchy and political parties, supporting the educational aspirations of its youth, and displaying respect for Bhutanese community values.


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