‘Bhutanese identity will be retained even in genes’


A lecturer at the Tribhuwan University has expressed that resettled Bhutanese would never forget their identity and nationality despite news challenges faces them in resettlement countries.

Tara Lal Shrestha (Ph.D)

In a special interview with Bhutan News Service, Tara Lal Shrestha (Ph.D) said that even genes of resettled Bhutanese have retained their nationality, and feeling of being Bhutanese citizens.

Shrestha’s Sapanako Samadi, a research-based novel on the Bhutanese refugee issue, has recently appeared in the Nepalese book market.

According to Shrestha, resettling Bhutanese are not opting to lead new lives in western countries at their own will. “It is their compulsion since no doors for repatriation have been opened as of now,” he said.

He further said, “I am sure the Bhutanese identity will never die.”


  1. hey editor daju, tell your man not to use Bhutan…

    when nepali people are talking use nepali.. coz i dont understand Bhutanese , i do understand only nepali,,
    the nepali spreaded in west knows only nepali. we are nepal so this is what he is trying to say…ofcourse we do keep our culture alive distinct from those of Bhutanese.

    any way i like Tara.

  2. It is so understandable that people who have been exiled and can not repatriate to their land and have as only reasonable option resettlement to another world will state that they will never loose their cultural background.

    But, the experiences with recent migrants in most western countries is that within two to three generations that cultural background is reduced to a melancholic memory. The reason for that is that the society that they will live in after resettlement is dominated by western culture and the infrastructure for retaining ones own culture lacks. There usually is no mandir in the vicinity, the food is different and western society is present all over. Later generations (second and third) automatically relate more to that society their parents have been implanted in.
    So I can not agree with the ideas of retaining Bhutanese culture in resettlement countries that are discussed here. Unfortunately the reality after resettlement is very different. If not for the first generation but for the second and third generation counts that they are born and raised in the resettlement countries and in time will be first and foremost citizens of those countries and those societies.

    Which is why I personally think third country resettlement is a bad option from a cultural perspective and a good option from a (personal) economic perspective. The choice to resettle or to not opt for it is a choice with losses no matter what one chooses. Which is in my eyes tragic.

    The only really humanitarian honest option is repatriation. But the doors are closed I am afraid. I so wish for the Bhutanese exiles reality was different and Bhutan would be welcoming it’s citizens back.

  3. haha people find different way to make money see the cost of book $30 . we know about our history and all of our situation .do you think that book contain any thing unknown to us? why people think about bhutanese when their own’s country people situation is worst enough?