Interestingly, Chhetri had visited Kathmandu in 1951 along with his mother. "That is a long story," says he," When my father was thrown alive into the Sunkosh River, I and my mother were brought to India and then to Kathmandu by some well-wishers of the Bhutan State Congress."
The Gorkhaland National Liberation Front leader Subash Ghising, 75, was the driver of the Indian jeep that transported the Chhetris to Darjeeling from Bhutan, as per his narration."Such feeling is gradually fading away," Chhetri explains," Even my neighbours have stopped inquiring about my health when I am forced to struggle for survival in my bed." [...]
Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinely, who paid his three-day visit to Nepal as SAARC chairperson, said Bhutanese refugees in the UN-monitored camps of Jhapa and Morang were refugees, but not Bhutanese refugees. Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Saturday PM Thinely said, "They are economic refugees. They are environmental refugees. They are refugees of political instability. They are victims of circumstances that are beyond their control." As he wrapped up his visit, Vidhyapati Mishra of Bhutan News Service talked to Bhutan Peoples' Party President, Balaram Paudyal, on issues raised by the PM's visit.
Paudyal opined that nothing miraculous will be seen in near future. He said that Thinley's verbal assurance to resolve the refugee issue will remain as it is. According to him, the refugees will see nothing in action. However, changes around the world indicate that Bhutan will not remain intact forever, he said [...]