Open letter to Indian PM, Narendra Modi


This letter, signed by the following signatories, was sent to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on June 14, as he prepares to visit Bhutan from June 15. BNS has published this letter retaining its original content. An unofficial Hindi translation of this letter by BNS is available here.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

Please accept the heartiest felicitations and congratulations on your assumption of the prestigious Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of India. The landslide victory that you have achieved truly reflects your dynamic leadership and commitment of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) towards the Indian nationals.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (Picture courtesy: Mr. Modi's publicly shared profile)
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi
(Picture courtesy: Mr. Modi’s publicly shared profile)

Mr. PM, we are also honored to know that Bhutan is the first country of your state visit. As we become confident that such a visit will take the Indo-Bhutan friendship to a new height, we also take this opportunity to draw your attention towards the plight of the Bhutanese refugees.

Mr. PM, you are visiting a country that has expelled over 100,000 of innocent citizens simply for raising their voices for democracy, human rights and equality in the kingdom. Unfortunately, these citizens have been rendered stateless for over 22 years as Bhutan is never in favor of accepting them back home. Nepal, which still continues to host thousands of these refugees letting others to resettle in the western countries, has failed to negotiate with Bhutan in finding an amicable solution of the crisis.  Refugees, their leaders and the international community strongly believe that the right to return home of these refugees is completely vested on the Indian mercy.  It is a matter of extreme sadness that none of the former governments of India paid attention towards this standoff.

Mr. PM, in your own words, your government is fully dedicated to poor, youth and women. The exiled Bhutanese populace not only comprises of poor, youth and women, but also hundreds of victims of torture, rape and other forms of state-sponsored suppression. We implore you to question the King, Jigme Khesar, and your Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay, about fate of these citizens, pathetic situations of their relatives inside the country and political prisoners.

Mr. PM, reminding you of all aforementioned issues, we wholeheartedly appeal you to kindly make it your priority to generously engage India’s influential leadership in allowing all Bhutanese to fully exercise democracy and human rights, as Indian and global citizens do, thereby pressing the Government of Bhutan to accept dignified return of all willing citizens from exile.

Lastly, we wish you and your government the very best in your official tenure as a leader of the world’s largest democracy in the years ahead.

Govinda Rizal, PhD. 

Lodrai Gaylegphug, Bhutan
Currently in Kyoto, Japan
Email: [email protected],
Skype: GovindaRizal

Parsuram Sharma-Luital
Melbourne Victoria Australia

Bholanath Shiwakoti
Chirang Bhutan
Currently in Arora, Colorado, USA

Narayan Sharma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

DP Basnet
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Narad Adhikari
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Mohan Bhandari
Roanoke, Virginia, USA

Devendra Gautam
Chirang, Bhutan
Currently in Sydney, NSW, Autralia

Upendra Dahal
Gelephu, Bhutan
Currently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Mohan Tamang
California, USA

Hari Subedi
Albquerque, New Mexico, USA

Tara Dhungana
Ohio, USA

Sushil Niroula
South Australia (Adelaide), Australia

Rudra Kuikel
Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
Currently in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Tikaram Adhikari
Chirang, Bhutan
Currently in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

CB Dahal
Northland, Wellington, New Zealand

KB Chauhan
Former Assembly Member,
Dagapela, Bhutan
Currently in Arizona, USA

Y.P Dhungel
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Thugten Dorjee Drukpa,
Horsens Denmark

T B Gurung
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Padam Rizal
Harrisburg Pennsylvania, USA

Ram BK Chhetri
The Hague, The Netherlands

Kuber Poudel Chhetri
Dalim-Bhangtar, Bhutan
Currently in Las Vegas, NV

Tulashi Upreti
Chirang, Bhutan
Current in Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Laxmi Upreti
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Vidhyapati Mishra
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA