One refugee killed as Indian police open fire; Home Ministry urges restraint NepalNews Indian police opened fire to prevent them from crossing Mechi bridge ...... at least 100 Bhutanese refugees were injured when Indian police used force to prevent them from crossing the Mechi Bridge on the Nepal-Indian border on the second day of their 'Long March' to Bhutan.
Indian police impede refugees' "Long March" The refugees staged sit-in at the bridge after they were stopped by Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) of India. India deployed a huge contingent of SSB to prevent refugees from crossing into India.
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People from Nepal do not need paperwork to go into India. I would think the same is true for Bhutan. People from Bhutan can come into India, and from there they can go into Nepal.
I think the democracy activists in the Bhutani refugee camps have to get smart and not rely solely on being confrontational.
Democrats in West Bengal and Bihar should come to the rescue. Forget the Mechi bridge. Get out of Nepal any way you can, go into India, from there go over to Bhutan. It makes no sense to think of the Mechi bridge as the only way out of Nepal.
But the whole deal has to be thought through. Much logistics come into play.
What is the idea? You get 100,000 plus Bhutanis out of the refugee camps in Nepal into India. From there you get them into Bhutan. In Bhutan they engineer a replay of Nepal's April Revolution and shut the country completely down unless an all party government is formed to hold constituent assembly elections in Bhutan. The gameplan has to be something like that. The Nepalis already inside Bhutan have to be organized for the purpose.
It would make no sense to not think this thing through completely. Think all steps. Otherwise you just end up getting stuck at the Mechi bridge. Or you end up with tens of thousands of Bhutanis stranded in India. Or you end up with a demoralized population inside Bhutan.
En route to Bhutan, people are going to have to eat. Funds have to be raised to that effect. Indian democracy activists and human rights organizations must come to the rescue.
Shame on the government of India.
India's mishandling Bhutan is the reason why there is so much unrest in India's northeast. Delhi disrespects the sentiments in the northeast. Its fundamentally undemocratic attitude towards Bhutan shows why India is not a global power like it deserves to be. Delhi showers unconditional love on a dictator king because he agrees to be a semi-colony of India. That is not forward thinking.
Indian politicians like Chandrashekhar and VP Singh have to come out for Bhutan like they came out for Nepal.
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How the Indian establishment acts towards the democracy movement in Bhutan will tell us if or not India will become a global superpower any time soon. It is India more than America that is better positioned to spread democracy across the Arab world. Exporting democracy has to become a major pillar of India's foreign policy.
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Democracy comes from inside the human heart. It does not come from America. The Buddhist republics thousands of years ago were the earliest democracies ever on the planet. Buddhism and monarchy do not go together.
The ethnic Nepali Bhutani democracy activists and leaders have to be resigned to the fact that the future president of Bhutan will likely not be one of them. They are 10-20% of the population. Democracy has to be more than a tool for ethnic rights for the ethnic Nepalis. Democracy has to be presented as the need for all Bhutanis.
After Bhutan, Burma is next.
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