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 4) India-Bhutan relations not only reflects the contemporary nature of their relationship but also lay the foundation for their future development in the 21st century. Elucidate the statement in the backdrop of India’s emphasis on neighborhood-first policy.(250 words)

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations.

 4) India-Bhutan relations not only reflects the contemporary nature of their relationship but also lay the foundation for their future development in the 21st century. Elucidate the statement in the backdrop of India’s emphasis on neighborhood-first policy.(250 words)

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Why this question:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bhutan on 17-18 August to underline his government’s emphasis on India’s “neighborhood first” policy, as well as the country’s special relationship with the strategically located Himalayan nation.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must analyse India- Bhutan relations at a broader picture with special focus on India’s neighborhood first policy.

Directive:

ElucidateGive a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Discuss the context of the question.

Body:

The answer must discuss in detail India- Bhutan relations.

Diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan were established in 1968 with the appointment of a resident representative of India in Thimphu.

Before this India’s relations with Bhutan were looked after by India’s Political Officer in Sikkim.

The basic framework of India- Bhutan bilateral relations was the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1949 between the two countries, which was revised in February 2007.

The India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty not only reflects the contemporary nature of their relationship but also lays the foundation for their future development in the 21st century.

Discuss the role India’s neighborhood first policy would have on India-Bhutan relations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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