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Bhutan: Recent Developments-National Day, Economic downturn and DNT’s falling popularity:

Paper No. 6541                Dated 15-Feb-2020

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Though the Government led by DNT and its leader and Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering have done fairly well, yet its popularity is having a steep decline in terms of membership! Normally membership in a Ruling Party increases many fold when it is in power, but in Bhutan it appears to just the opposite.  The Ruling Party is yet to give a proper reason for the decline!

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Myanmar: Current Developments and President Xi’s Visit: China Gains

Paper No. 6539                   Dated 12-Feb-2020

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

President Xi JinPing made a two-day visit to Myanmar on 17th and 18th of January.  Though the visit was declared as one to mark the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries, the real reason for the visit appears to be to regain the momentum of the Chinese dominance in Myanmar which had shown some strains recently.

Sri Lanka: Resolve Sri Lankan Refugee Dilemma

Paper No. 6538              Dated 11-Feb-2020

By Prof. Surynarayan

Sri Lanka- Book on Victor's Peace- Comments

Paper No. 6533              Dated  12-Jan-2020\

By Prof. Charles Sarvan                                            

What follows is not a review of this collection of thirty-two, very perceptive, essays but a sharing of a few thoughts arising from the book, particularly from its title "Victor's Peace"- by Pararajasingham.

Nepal: Madhesi Politics- In a Mess?

Paper No. 6532                    Dated  11-Jan-2020

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Bhutan: Sun Kosh Hydro-Power Project- Mega Project with Mega Problems;

Paper No. 6529                    Dated 5-Jan- 2020

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

There is no doubt that Bhutan is keen to implement the 2560 MWSun Kosh Mega Project as it will be immensely beneficial to Bhutan’s economy.  I had already referred to this project in paper no. 6489 dated 8th September 2019 and the problems involved in the construction of a big storage dam and consequential problems relating to environment, finance et.

Myanmar- Suu Kyi at The Hague:

Paper No. 6522               Dated 12- Dec-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

It turned out that the State Councilor Suu Kyi did not take any Army Representative in her team to the Hague to defend Myanmar’s case in the ICJ despite speculations to the contrary and the Army’s open desire to be included in the team. Perhaps, she wanted to give the impression that she has acted on her own and  not at the insistence of the Army.

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