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Bhutan’s engagement with India is a crucial element in the geopolitical dynamics of the region. The relationship between Bhutan and India underscores the importance of regional cooperation in maintaining peace and security. Discuss.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4. Bhutan’s engagement with India is a crucial element in the geopolitical dynamics of the region. The relationship between Bhutan and India underscores the importance of regional cooperation in maintaining peace and security. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

There are indications that Bhutan’s newly elected Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay is likely to maintain strong ties with India.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the various areas of cooperation between India and Bhutan and their relations in the context of an expansionist China.

Directive word:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving a brief history of India Bhutan relations.

Body:

In the first part, write about the various areas of cooperation between India and Bhutan – Treaties and Agreements, Economic Cooperation, Security Cooperation, Cultural Ties, People-to-People Contacts etc. Substantiate with facts and examples.

Next, write about the rise of an expansionist China and its impact of Indo-Bhutanese relations. Write about the ways to manage it.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising the importance of Indo-Bhutanese relations.