A relation that cannot be overlooked

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Bhutan as a nation has always preserved its isolation from rest of the world.  This 39,000 square meter nation with approximately 7,00,000 population cozily exists between Asia’s two giants – India and China. Bhutan not only withstood numerous attempts to be conquered by the Tibetans and Mongols, but also managed to evade colonization and the resultant incorporation into the British Raj, despite two wars against the British. Under the Treaty of Punakha in 1910, Britain guaranteed Bhutan’s independence, and approved Bhutanese Royal Government an increased stipend. The Treaty allowed control of Bhutanese Foreign Relations and defense to Britain. Bhutan has always stayed out of international organizations and has maintained few bilateral trades.

Bhutan was one of the first nations to recognize India’s independence in 1947 and both nations have fostered close relations. The tie between these two countries is augmented further during 1950’s annexation of Tibet by People’s Republic of China and its border dispute with both India and Bhutan. India strengthened its ties with both Nepal and Bhutan as its “Himalayan Frontier” security policy. India shares 605 kilometers (376 mi) border with Bhutan and is its largest trading partner. Bhutan’s smooth transition from political monarchy to a successful democracy is commendable. The credit of course goes to Bhutan’s royal family for ushering in democracy.

FNAfter the 1960 government ban on trade with Tibet, Bhutan’s external sector became almost totally oriented toward trade with India. With the completion in 2002 of the second hydroelectric power project financed by India—built largely with Indian migrant labor and designed to deliver the majority of its power outputs to India—India’s dominance in terms of exports has remained over 90%. Import sources, however, have become increasingly diversified.

On his first ever visit to Bhutan for 2 days on 16th June 2014; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured cooperation between the two countries related to their mutual security. Both Prime Ministers agreed to continue with their close coordination and cooperation with each other on issues relating to their national interests, and not allowing each other’s territory to be used for interests unfavorable to each other. This was PM’s first foreign trip after assuming office. I think his quick decision making ability and his no nonsense approach in taking executive decisions and assuring quick implementation of policies need salutation from all of us. Security and defense are priority of his governance.

FOThe main objective of the visit was to flush out Northeastern insurgents from the Bhutanese territory. On the eve of Modi’s visit, Bhutan’s PM said this was a chance to celebrate the ties between the two countries and added, “We have to further strengthen this friendship.” Bhutan’s PM Tobgay assured that his county was very serious against terror camps. The nation has dismantled all terrorist outfits or camps. Since then none have entered Bhutan. The Bhutanese PM assured that his territory will never be used in any way against security interests of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized having a good neighbor is important for a country’s happiness and in its absence a nation cannot live in peace despite prosperity. He made the remarks while reminding Bhutan that one of the factors responsible for its happiness was having a good neighbor like India!!

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A Professor with 15 years of teaching and 20 years industry experience. My core teaching areas are Marketing Strategy and General Management. While I am a Professor of Marketing and General Management, I have also worked as Director of few Management Institutes in Mumbai. I am a research guide in Mumbai University, SNDT University and YCMOU (Yashwantrao Chawan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik) 6 students have got their PhD degree under my guidance so far, and 11 students are registered for their PhD with me. Research is my passion, and I work on live projects from the industry. I strongly believe that the principal goal of research is to discover new knowledge, while that of teaching is to impart well-established knowledge and provide training in problem-solving. At present I am working as a Director for a Center of Excellence with an 80 years old Educational institution in Mumbai. I am a results-driven researcher, qualified with a PhD in Marketing Management from Pune University, a Post Doctoral Degree D.Litt from Mumbai University. I have authored above 100 articles and research which are published in news papers, business magazines and research journals. I have also authored two books. I am appointed as a Senate Member in Swami Ramanand Teertha Marathwada University, Nanded as the Maharashtra Governor’s nominee. Today we need greater industry-academia collaboration in research in institutes of higher education. I am confident that I will be able to facilitate the organizations with my research skills to create, integrate, and apply advancements in tricky areas. Thus, in my own way I could collaborate between industry and academia. I am curious, responsible, knowledgeable person with a scholarly approach.

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