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India and Bhutan have a strong and enduring relationship that has stood the test of time. To continue this relationship, both countries need to address the issues that have arisen and take measures to strengthen ties in all areas. Elaborate.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2. India and Bhutan have a strong and enduring relationship that has stood the test of time. To continue this relationship, both countries need to address the issues that have arisen and take measures to strengthen ties in all areas. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

At their meeting, Bhutan’s King and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed “entire gamut” of ties, including China-Bhutan boundary talks, with a focus on development cooperation, says Foreign Secretary.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about history of India Bhutan relations, teething issues in India Bhutan relations and discuss how such issues can be resolved.

Directive word:

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Bring out the historic context of Indo-Bhutanese relations.

Body:

In the first part of the body, write about the evolution of strong ties between India and Bhutan.

In the next part, write about the various issues in Indo-Bhutanese relations – including border disputes, concerns about India’s involvement in Bhutan’s hydropower sector, and China’s attempts to expand its influence in Bhutan.

Next, write about the measures that can be taken to overcome the above – strengthen diplomatic ties, enhance economic cooperation, strengthen cultural ties, address border disputes and environmental concerns etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.