Why New Alliance?

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I was arrested in 1997 by the Government of India at the behest of Royal Government of Bhutan in Delhi. I was imprisoned for 14 months at Tihar jail. On 12 June, 1998, I was released on bail by the Delhi High Court. However, my bail conditions required that I had to report to the local police station twice a week and I couldn’t go out of Delhi. My arrest itself was against Indian law. I was booked for not posessing valid travel documents. In fact, at the time of my arrest, I had a valid travel document issued to me by the Government of Nepal. In addition, the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Treaty of 1949 doesn’t require Bhutanese citizens to have visa or travel permit to travel to India.

Despite politically fabricated and motivated charges against me, the extradition proceedings dragged on. The positive side to all the misery that I was subjected to was the assurance of the Indian democratic spirit and the rights of individual finally prevail when the Government of India dropped the extraditions case against me on April 21 of this year.

After the end to a torturous judicial journey of 13 years, the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Society, an organisation promoting friendly ties between the people of Bhutan and India, wrote a letter to the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck.

It was mentioned that, “In view of Bhutan instituting a democratic system of Government, it is logical that the Royal Government of Bhutan allow Mr. R.K. Dorji and those of his party members who are presently in exile, into the country without any preconditions. They must be allowed to participate in the democratic process of Bhutan so that they can contribute towards the building of a healthy democratic order in Bhutan. We believe that the Government of India will also most certainly facilitate and assist the reconciliation process”. A copy of letter was sent to the Prime Ministers of India and Bhutan. Besides, I also wrote a letter to the King presenting the need for both of us to work towards reconciliation and including me and my party into the polity of Bhutan. No reply was received.

The purpose of my visit to Nepal
After dropping the false, fabricated charges against me, the Government of Bhutan is now trying to treat me like an animal, which has been released and left to the elements, after years of confinement. I am no animal. I am a human being. I have the rights of human being. And this indifference of the Bhutanese government is not acceptable. I have been imprisoned for struggling for the establishment of democracy in Bhutan. I will continue to strive for democratic rights and justice as is enshrined in the Constitution of the Bhutan. Since travelling might be required often, I went to Nepal to renew my travel documents.

In Kathmandu, Nepal, I met Mr. Teknath Rizal, the noted human rights campaigner of Bhutan and Chairman of People Forum for Human Rights in Bhutan, Mr. Balaram Poudel, President of the Bhutan Peoples’ Party and Dr. D.N.S. Dhakal, Acting Chief Executive of the Bhutan National Democratic Party. During course of discussion, they stressed on the need for a new alliance amongst us for pursuing national reconciliation, inclusive democracy and the repatriation of exiled Bhutanese to their country. Incidentally, all these are long-standing organisations have a great deal of working experience. On the 22nd of August this year, we agreed to work together. I agreed to upgrade existing Druk National Congress (DNC) party office at Kathmandu, Nepal, which hereafter will also coordinate all the activities of the Bhutanese in the exile. This office is in addition to the existing DNC contact office and Indo-Bhutan Friendship Society’s office at New Delhi, India. We unanimously agreed to work on following basic points. i.e.:

1. The exiled political parties and the exiled Bhutanese must be permitted to participate in the forth-coming elections.

2. The Bhutanese refugees must be repatriated with honour and dignity, and must be allowed to participate in the political process. To call upon the international community to pressurize Bhutan to take back its citizens.

3. The immediate unconditional release of all the political prisoners in Bhutan who have been in prisons since the early 1990s.

4. To promote and strengthen the existing bonds of friendship at the people to people level among the citizens of Bhutan, India, and Nepal, which hasn’t been promoted to the desired level thus far.

5. To extend thanks to the international community and all well-wishers of the Bhutanese democratic struggle and seek continued support and solidarity.

The Alliance
The alliance entrusted me to lead the unified democratic movement. Our activities will be peaceful. All we want is constitutional rights which are granted to us by the Constitution of Bhutan, promulgated in 2008. We will keep the Government of Nepal informed and also seek their assistance and support in our initiatives. A delegation of the alliance will also meet the Government of India sometime in December to seek assistance to facilitate our repatriation and safeguard our democratic rights in Bhutan. We will urge the Government of India to assist us because the Government of India is the largest donor to Bhutan, and Bhutan and India also enjoy excellent friendly relations. India in fact has the responsibility to facilitate our repatriation and reconciliation so that its friendly neighbouring country, Bhutan, is not plunge into instability and unrest. The delegation will meet the International Community to garner our support and to pressure the Government of Bhutan to accede to our demands.

This alliance is unlike before and is beyond the realm of refugee camps politics. The follower of Bhutanese refugee’s issues would note that there are some 52 organisations in the Bhutanese refugee camps alone. What confounds one more is that individuals of one organisation will also be holding seats in more than three other organisations as well. In spite of such confusion, I would welcome any organisation which might feel they were left behind by the alliance. However, merely declaring interest to join the alliance won’t do. Those interested to join must demonstrate their commitment and ability to contribute to the alliance before joining.

The alliance wants to make certain other matters clear. First, to our Bhutanese brethren inside Bhutan, we want to bring caution to the misinformation by some with vested interests to interpret our work as negative. Our work is to strengthen the sovereignty, democracy, independence and peace in Bhutan, not the contrary. We want to reiterate the respect we have for the institution of Monarchy. We however, want democratic rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Bhutan. Every Bhutanese must recognise the fundamental truth that democracy is the right of the public and not just the right of a single individual. Democracy is for everyone – students, teachers, civil servants, the army, farmers, businessmen and others, and also for the King himself! In short, every citizen needs democracy in their life to lead their life in honour and dignity. We know that democracy in the real sense is absent in Bhutan. Therefore the time has come for us to seek our democratic rights granted under the Constitution.

We want to reassure our friendly neighbour India, that we will always value our excellent friendly bonds existing between us. We are optimistic that the Government of India will hold talks with the Government of Bhutan to enable us to return to Bhutan and lead the life of democracy loving citizens in Bhutan. We are also optimist that the United National Organisation, democracy-loving citizens and the democratic countries of the world will support our truthful initiatives and inalienable rights.

(Dorji is President of Druk National Congress)

23 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Mr. Dorjee,

    You have hit the line.

    “Our work is to strengthen the sovereignty, democracy, independence and peace in Bhutan, not the contrary. We want to reiterate the respect we have for the institution of Monarchy. We however, want democratic rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Bhutan.”

    This is deep and meaningful. And it should be the bottomline.

    I celebrated when you secured your freedom as certainly many others have. Freedom is great – and powerful. And when a freedom such your’s triggers unity coalitions among many – it is a reason to rejoice.

    I may not be qualified to advise you but let me say this – that, though any coalitions are at first conceived in the minds – until and unless it soaks down from the mind to the heart level – success is not to be seen. In order for it to trickle down to the heart, we need to be clear on WHY we need ‘unity’. This is the first circle. We alone can help make this decision. The HOW part is the second part and at this level, we can seek tonnes of help from outside. Untill now, we were working only on the HOW part without doing the WHY part – and that was the reason for our failure.

    I hope your leadership will be widely inclusive. People appreciate leaders with good hearts and not necessarily with good brains. And of course, there are always the smart-dumb people in our society – they will try to distract you.
    But as many people are just getting to know you in your new capacity, some of their concerns could be genuine. People will always like to follow someone who they know, believe and trust. I am sure you would do the same thing if you were not the leader today.

    Speaking from the Opposition is always easy. And we might agree with all that you say, but what you will do when you become the man on the CHAIR is important to understand. Therefore, in order to know you better and for the benefit of all – may I request you to write one more article in which you will address the following concerns:

    1) What would you do differently if you were in Jigme Thinley’s position today?

    2) How will you interpret the various Citizenship Laws of Bhutan and the ensuing issue of ‘illegal immigration’?

    3)What would be your action (not merely policies) regarding the refugees, repatriation, resettlement, restitution etc.

    4) How would you balance power sharing amog the three main ethnic groups of Bhutan? How would you make democracy more inclusive?

    5) What kind of actions (for tolerance and equality )would you initiate to secure religious and cultural freedom – and the freedom of expression?

    I am sure some of the answers if you provide sincerely could be sensitive, for some strategic reasons. But presenting a broader, general view point with a committment to stand by it from the heart is a responsibility that falls on you. Your views are always welcome!

    Rp Subba,

    Virginia, USA.

  2. Dear Kinlay Babu,

    I feel that,it is too late to come forward and lead the movement, considering your health/age factors and academic qualification in the mordern world.

    Your are just becoming scape goat(Balli ko bakra), you are trying to recall the history of Kazi Lhendup and sale of Sikkim to India.

    If the movement succeed too ,ofcourse you will be able to take gurdge/revenge against the some big people in Bhutan but may not be able to maintain peace and happiness we have been enjoying for the past 103 years.

    Please note that, your return to bhutan with migrant leaders will bring bad days to Bhutan and peace loving citizens.

    Nepali leaders failed in all respects during the past 20 years, so they are trying to use your leadership as last option.Be careful.

  3. On August 22, 2010, leaders of exiled Bhutanese formed a joint front under the leadership of R.K. Dorji, the founder of the Druk National Congress. The major parties in exile which decided to come under one umbrella were the Bhutan Peoples Party, Bhutan National Democratic Party and Bhutanese Movement Steering Committee. This development is being framed as unique, since this is for the first time that a united front has been formed in order to strengthen the voices of the refugees in exile. The aim of the joint front, as the leaders put it, would be to advocate repatriation of all refugees to Bhutan. Resettlement, for one, they argue is a temporary solution and returning to the homeland with dignity and honour is perhaps what is desired by all Bhutanese refugees. While this political objective has been articulated clearly, the strategic objective, as another leader puts it, would be to persuade India to take a lead role in influencing Bhutan’s refugee policy. The refugee leaders for quite some time now have been blaming India on its hands-off policy towards the refugee issue, which they allege has accounted for all the suffering which the refugees settled in the camps of Eastern Nepal have gone through.

    However, while the articulation of the political and strategic objective of the front is quite clearly stated, there are voices expressing public reservation on the formation of the front, particularly from two refugee leaders, Bhampa Rai and Thinley Penjore, who have questioned the credibility of the front as they claim that their own exclusion from the front is unfair given that they represent a substantive mandate of the people. While Rai is associated with Bhutanese Refugee Repatriation Representative Committee (BRRRC), Thinley Penjore is known to be associated with Druk National Front-Democratic (DNC-D). Bhampa Rai is a doctor by profession and is known for his association with the issue of human rights in the camps of Nepal. Thinley Penjore, though initially associated with Druk National Congress which represents the Sharchops inhabiting Eastern Bhutan, has formed a break away faction called Druk National Front-Democratic. It is also interesting to note that the National Front for Democracy in Bhutan, constitutes of Bhutan People’s Party, Druk National Congress- (Democratic), Bhutan Gorkha National Liberation Front (BGNLF) and Bhutan National Democratic Party. However, in the recently constituted joint front, only Bhutan People’s Party and Bhutan National Democratic Party from National Front for Democracy were called for participation and Druk National Congress-(Democratic) and Bhutan Gorkha National Liberation Front (BGNLF) were conspicuously missing. An immediate explanation for this exclusion can perhaps be the conscious decision to send a symbolic message that the front is bereft of any violent intentions. Significantly, Balaram Poudyal, who represents the Bhutan People’s Party, made a statement that “his party was unaware of Maoist party in the camp(s) of Nepal which has been reported to be fighting against the regime with arms.” He further stated, “I have no knowledge where … such cadres live and what they do.” The front in this avatar perhaps intends to be more politically correct in engaging the international community. As Tek Nath Rizal of Bhutanese Movement Steering Committee has clearly stated, the issue of Bhutanese refugees is no longer a “bilateral deal” and that after the resettlement programme it has become a “matter of international concern.” The refugee leaders know well that any affiliation with an armed struggle would not lead them too far, especially given the fact that around 30,000 refugees have been resettled in the United States alone. It is also no exaggeration to state that the Communist Party of Nepal is still blacklisted in United States of America!! Any affiliation with the Maoist elements in the repatriation scheme could distinctly weaken American engagement.

    While the international outreach of the front could increase with such a political message and strategy, its internal outreach within Bhutan also has to be deliberated upon if the leaders want an effective change or intend to influence Bhutan’s policy on refugees. In the absence of this road map, any argument on India’s role in leveraging the refugee issue with Bhutan would appear too fragile and a bit exaggerated. In fact, over a period of time it would become a cliché. Indeed to some extent it already has! A major reason for an over-emphasis on the Indian role is that the political culture of Bhutan has often been overlooked and understudied.

    Political Culture can be defined as a set of beliefs, which people in a given society develop over a period of time towards various issues within a political system. Bhutan, in this sense, provides a unique political culture as it has a rich history of Machiavellian politics, political ambitions and wars over the assertion of identity. The deeply entrenched Drupka identity in the polity of Bhutan is perhaps just a pointer to how the Drupkas have sustained their centuries’ long effort to guard the political corridors of decision-making in the Himalayan Kingdom. Deeply under the sway of Tibetan invasions from 861-900 A.D., which had inadvertently led the country towards political fragmentation, it was only in the twelfth century that a particular Buddhist sect known as the Kargyupka (Drupka) decided to settle in the country. As a result, from the 12th century onwards many Lamas of Drupka sect entered Bhutan and a distinct religious Drupka identity emerged. The well guarded sensitivity towards non-interference of external powers in its internal politics is well reflected in the way Bhutan interacted with the East India Company in the 18th century and various British expeditions in the 19th century. After the civil war in Bhutan in 1885 when Ugyen Wangchuck emerged as the virtual ruler of Bhutan, a policy shift towards the British was adopted. As under the leadership of Ugyen Wangchuk, Bhutan not only witnessed stability but also moved South towards British India for security and stability reasons. While the British on their part wanted a strong leader who could serve their interests in securing trade routes to Tibet, Ugyen Wangchuk, as the new monarch, was looking for a strong ally who could deter threats from Tibet. Consequently in 1910, the Treaty of Punakha was signed under which the British acquired the right to “advise” Bhutan on its external relations. Bhutan meanwhile secured assurance from the British that a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Bhutan would be respected. Dissuading Tibetan invaders from the North was the primary incentive behind the signing of the Anglo-Bhutanese Treaty. It can be said that the Treaty of Punakha was therefore a win-win outcome for both the concerned parties. This policy continued with independent India and in 2007 the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Treaty was revisited and Article II, which talked about the right of India to advice Bhutan in its foreign policy objectives, was conspicuously dropped.

    The Wangchuk Dynasty which has ruled Bhutan for almost a century does find a special place in Bhutan and the Drupka identity for obvious reasons continues to shape policy decisions. According to some sources there are nine Nepali members in the ruling party, DPT, in Bhutan, though experts say that this is far less considering the total population size of the Nepalese in Bhutan.

    Opposition outside the country has also stemmed from exiled refugees which apart from ethnic Nepalese include the monks of Nyingmapa sect, who according to some sources were exiled by the government in the early 1990s. A domestic discourse on the faultlines of minority politics in Bhutan has however been conspicuously missing in the public domain.

    Thus, making inroads into the domestic political space in Bhutan can be one of the most daunting challenges for the issue of refugee repatriation. Creating levers of influence and pursuing a pro-active engagement with Bhutan’s decision-makers through persuasion and negotiation is thus the most effective way of shaping political will in order to engage the Bhutanese establishment over the issue of refugee repatriation. Perhaps understanding the domestic political culture of Bhutan can provide some insight on the ways and means which could inform such a strategy.

  4. Mr. Sundas Tyrant, Raciest, and Absolute dictators live on the pseudo faith of People Like you and finally meet a tragic end.
    Perhaps, thousands of French like you might have enjoyed perfect peace until the King Louis the Sixteen was publicly beheaded on the eve of French Revolution.
    While, I have a doubt if you are real Sundas or not if you are then… Are you a Nepali? If any one asks you, your answer is definitely NO. A Big NO. Your Line of Defense is you were born in Bhutan from Bhutanese Parents. So the Logical Summary you can present is I am Bhutanese by Birth. If your logic is valid and inline with natural justice you believe, Can you ask the Birth Place of King who is ruling you now? I bet you will conclude that the Present King is also a Nepali.
    Now Let me ask you what is your definition of Nationality? Is it the Ancestral Origin? If so then Ask Yourself, Who Your Ancestor were? If you say Ethnicity? Look at your self? If you say Language, Ask Ex Prime Minister of India H. D. Deva Gauda. If you believe Religion then write to Congress I President Sonia Gandhi? If you say Dress then see King of Thailand.
    Can you present your bottom line why you project Bhutanese Leaders in Exile as Nepali. leaders? What is your difference between Minister Thakur Sing Powdyal or Nanda Lal Rai and Others in side Bhutan? What is the difference between Bhutanese Leaders of Nepali origin and the rest?
    Mr. Sundas, How will you feel if some add in your conclusion that LEADERS failed and were just 20 years Late. Your Views were of at least 200years BACK, of British Raj in India

  5. Poudel sir,
    please note that, you are just eating “Man ko ladoo, gue she ta kow”Your comments are just expressing your fustration, you are trying to play last option card,plez enough is enough (20 years) plez do not try to bully us any more.Our people know very well about bads and goods.We have learnt enough lesson during the past 20 years.

  6. Mr. Sundas, for me I am neither expressing Frustration nor Anxiety. I have read Enough Literature and have a realized that Political Transformation is Time Taking and vocation to that is Long and Difficult But Unambiguous. I agree with you here that 20 Years is A Big Deal of time in a man’s life. But For Political Course, it is a beginning.

    Just ask any Indians How long they fought for Independence.There you will hvae the answers. You are a Living Witness of History of another Himalayan Nation, Nepal. This Nation has been struggling for last 70 years for Major Transformation. Majority of Bhutanese have realized that Human rights and Democracy, Liberty and Freedom are not GOSA, SERRA, or KIDU. This is way of Life One wish and Choose which collectively become the Popular Will. Ones Popular will is at Height, Evils shall be Imbibed. Don’t be offended or feel Opposed. As Revolution take its course notwithstanding it may take Half a Century.

    I too agree with you about your perception of the Last Card As I have realized that in Politics Last Card are always First Cards. To understand better, look at the GNH Hypothesis of J.Y. Thinley. Like you in early days,I believed that was his Last Card to Please the King. But it became the First card to turn his fate of becoming the FIRST Elected PM of Nation.
    I also agree with you that prime source of Happiness for being Dependence are GOSA, SERRA, KIDU and Authority to exploit others. But, will you AGREEE with me to board a Boat sailing to wards Independence from the Yoke Absolute,Fascist and Raciest Style.

  7. RK ji,

    How about including Thinley Penjore in your team. I know you were once rejected by Thinley who revolted against your ways and walked away from you forming a second party led by the Sarchhops. I know that you have this grudge, a feeling of revenge against Thinley that yo want to score the points now, by deliberately excluding him from the coalition.

    I do not think big politician can afford to do that, if you think you are really growing big. If fact, the more you accept, the bigger you become. Infact, at the present you have not grown any bigger that you can afford to exclude any one you dislike. The seeds of your future leadership is sown and is seen right here. People watch you and they see your actions.

  8. Kubir poudel chhetri,
    Please respect this forum do not use bad language to express your anger,if you feel that you are a freedom fighter,you must accept both positive and negative comments in equal manner.

    You have mentioned about Indians movement against British for many years.Plez.. note that, India was belongs to Indian before taking over by British rule…whereas in our case we were/are not the citizen of Bhutan and Bhutan does not belongs to us.. we are migrant..

    Secondly, Indians fought unitedly against the British rule, whereas we are already divided in many groups and leaders.

    Thirdly,Indians struggled against british rule living inside India they even secrificed their lives,whereas we are far away from Bhutan.

    Gorkhas of Darjeeling fought against the mighty troops of India facing hardship and pain but never left/run away leaving their mother land coz they felt/feel that Darjeeling is their mother land. But we left/run away from Bhutan towards Nepal,…when we are in trouble/fear we remember word….Ama..ma … so we must be from Nepal so we prefer to go back to motherland Nepal.

  9. Dear R.P. Subba,

    As per your request, I am presenting following views for the consumption of our readers at large.

    The “Peoples’Governement”

    There was an opportunity for Jigme Thinley as the “first elected” Prime Minister to deliver on many things. He was privy to the Constitution when it was in the draft stage. However, like he says, “my father was servant to the King. I am also a servant to the King”. This statement sums up his personality. He was a bureaucrat before entering politics. Because of his typical bureaucratic mindset, he cannot, is unable and will not tackle anything new. At the same time, his colleagues, and a large number of Members of Parliament are from a similar background and thus share the same mindset.

    The leaders from the grass roots were legally barred from taking part in the elections by the stipulation of a minimum qualification criteria. The elections to the Local Government, on the basis of previous Acts, too, were postponed even after the term of offices came to an end in 2008. The grass roots people are aware of their democratic rights and would have worked accordingly, but the Government delayed these elections and instead brought out a similar eligibility stipulation in new LG Acts, so that the bureaucrats would be integrated to the Local Government bodies, as in the Parliament.

    The King enjoys extraordinary constitutional powers. Given this, anyone in Jigme Thinley’s position would not dare to deviate from the status quo as a simple ‘kasho’ from the King would nullify it. We, the democrats would have been in a better position than him, as we would have worked in accordance with the will of people.

    Citizenship Act

    In Bhutan, the Government kept records of people and animals for taxation purpose. Me tse for human beings and Ba tse for animals. However, the records were not properly kept. The third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, felt that a proper census was necessary for the distribution of public services and developmental projects. The 1958 citizenship Act was enacted. The Lhotshampa community have a flawed belief that this Act was enacted precisely for them. This law is applied to everyone. It was not confined to a particular community. Citizenship through naturalization is granted to non-Bhutanese provided they fulfil basic requirements like residency, proficiency in language and cultures, etc. Many became Bhutanese citizens through this process. This process is still upheld. Occasionally the King also issues the kasho for the grant of citizenship.
    In 1985, the Government of Bhutan conducted census throughout Bhutan and citizenship cards were given. If the citizenship cards handed to the Lhotshampa community is not recognised, the citizenship cards of the rest of the country must also be held in the same scale. One cannot be exclusive to the other. Both are the same. The proof of land records (Sa Tham) and Gung Ang (House number) is prerequisite before the grant of citizenship. Anyone not owning these documents is an alien. We must also support this norm. In Bhutan, there is no alternative other than to recognise the citizenship card granted by the Government of Bhutan.

    Refugee Repatriation

    Refugee repatriation doesn’t mean the repatriation of only ethnic Nepalese-speaking Bhutanese refugees. There are Bhutanese refugees of many different communities of Bhutan living in exile. The repatriation of Bhutanese refugees to their homestead would be best. Where a situation arises for their voluntary resettlement to other places, they must be resettled in accordance with United Nations or international norms of resettlement.

    Democracy Rule is Majority Rule

    Democracy means democratic rights for everyone and their safeguards. Democracy must create an environment where individuals realise their potential according to their capacities. Democracy also means that majority rule must prevail. Irrespective of community background, whoever musters up a majority in his favour can lead the nation. For small country like ours, an all-ethnicity representative government is possible through the democratic process. Promotion of the disadvantaged and neglected ethnic communities must also come into the fore in government policies.

    Culture Rights

    The state cannot patronise one religion and neglect other. Freedom of religion and culture is enshrined in the existing Constitution of Bhutan. All religious organisations and bodies must function under their own Trusts, which should look after their welfare.

    Endnote

    Inclusive and participatory democracy is the key to solving all of Bhutan’s problems. A peoples’ government would most naturally work in the interests of the electorate.

    So far, the intrinsic characteristics of the “elected government” under Jigme Thinley and the previous regime under the King are the same. Even the so-called opposition party toes the same path when it comes to the aforementioned points.
    The challenge to Bhutanese democrats is tough. After 15 years of struggle, concerted pressure and diplomacy – both local, regional and international, our initial goals have been achieved to a certain extent. The Druk National Congress’ demands and aims on its establishment in 1994 – the demand for a written Constitution with a Bill of Rights and a Parliamentary Democracy – something that looked impossible to achieve 15 years ago is now, however operationally flawed, a reality.

    We have to now work to consolidate our achievements so that the sovereign power rest with the people of Bhutan.
    Every citizen, both inside and outside Bhutan, must equally shoulder the responsibility of nation-building, and participate and contribute in this effort towards the democratisation, strengthening of sovereignty, independence and peace in our country.

  10. Gopal Sundas has no brains nor he reads the history of political movements all over the world. We are living in the 21st century and our movement will never die so long as we live, our children live, and their children’s children live. Now that the refugees are resettled all over the world the new generation will carry the torch for freedom struggle in Bhutan. Our parents will constantly remind them of atrocities and injustice meted out to them and how their homes were destroyed, lands were confiscated,citizenship cards were seized, mothers and daughters were raped while fathers, husbands and brothers were either killed or thrown behind bars. Bhutan’s current democracy is just a propaganda to project Bhutanese monarchy as democrats, in actual they are not. They are the most heartless and ruthless characters in the world. Please remember Bhutanese movement is not only for repatriation of refugees. When we organized peaceful movement in 1990 it was not for refugee repatriation but for democracy and genuine rights of southern Bhutanese and a cry for justice. In fact it was a struggle representing the voice of all Bhutanese people to live in freedom and without fear of King/RBG/RBA/RBP but headed and led by southern Bhutanese because they rights were violated. What RKD said is absolutely right. He suffered in exile, in prison and house arrest because he demanded democracy and spoke in favour of refugees. He is truly a dedicated leader who defeated the vile designs of Bhutanese monarchy for his illegal abduction and extradition to Bhutan. I salute him and all those who question his designs are not qualified enough to ask questions living thousands of miles away in cosy homes and enjoying comforts of life.

  11. Dear Kinlay babu,

    Really nice to read your comments,but i being a victim of” Dhobi ko kutta Gar ko na Ghat ko” would like to seek clarifications on the following points ;-

    =One Nation,One People, I mean,One National dress,One National language ?

    =Role of Late Lhendup Kazi in Sikkim democratic movement and sale of sikkim to India and finally Kazi was thrown into dustbim by the majority nepali leaders and you are leading the refugee/democratic movement supported by majority nepali ?

    =Terrorist activities of killing/looting and carrying out bomb blast by so called Bhutan tiger force and Maoist inside Motherland Bhuitan ?

    =As you have mentioned,many parties/organizations and leaders in the refugee community? as saying goes too many cooks spoil the borth ” ?

    =Considering your qualification,age and health, what about your chance of becoming Prime Minister of Bhutan in future ?

    =Please declare the list of young leaders (sherchop/khen/nanglong not nepali) so we can believe you.

  12. Kesar Singh,
    Why are you asking too many irrelevant questions? Ask this question to your kings and PM why they decided to throw out genuine Bhutanese? Who gave them the power to give away refugee’s land to people from other areas? One day this will be challenged in a court of law because refugees do possess original sathrams. Do you think what RKD is doing is wrong and what your king JSW did against southern Bhutanese is right?

  13. Sathi Surja,
    I have been reading your every comments and realized that you are a empty vessel and making more sounds. Your irrelevant comments will bring bad image in the eye of out siders. The refugee problem and so called democratic movement is not a new issue in this world, it is now 20 years old. Each and every community in this world knew about it and also the genuine facts.
    So I believe,international community will definitely help us to solve the problem of Bhutan by dividing us in small group and taking far away from Bhutan.The question of going back to Bhutan is a dream of every one,including myself, and will remain as dream for ever.
    Many fact finding mission from international community visited Bhutan as well as our refugee camps in Nepal during the past many years and realized that,Bhutan is a small land locked country belongs to small population of peace loving people and nepali as migrant citizen came from Nepal to work as labour in road construction during 1950-60.
    They believe that,large number of migrant population may dominate the human rights of indegenious people(Drukpas) in long run.They said, nepali run away towards nepal from Bhutan, Nanglong may go to back to Tebit china,but where these Sherchop,kurtep,khenpa,brokpa,doya,layap will go,if nepali get chance to rule bhutan like in sikkim?
    Sathi, it is nice to contribute comments in the interest of our identity and movement, but use of good language and genuine point is eually important, so please do not make youself joker.

  14. Which court of law are you talking about? You must be kidding! You should take your own leaders like Teknat Rizal, Budhathoki, Balram, Basnet, Dakal, Gazmer for killing 100s of innocent people in Garganda and making many people leave the country under the threat to decapitate if they don’t leave the country to support their activities.

    The honorable judges at the International Court of Justice in the Hague aleady know who should be brought to justice, and the advocates for human rights, who you think would represent you, knows very well too. So, you keep on building castle in the sky –your aspiration to challenge in the court of law shall remain as hallucination.

  15. DEAR R. K. DORJI,mere substitution of persons in government doesnot matter.The so called constitution of Bhutan is nothing more than the doccumentation n legalization of a hundred yrs old despotic feudalism.The existing political system is neither a change nor a reform in the state mechanism.it is true that the monarch n the govn seams to be liberal to some extent.But it is not such tactical despotic inroads that guarentees the people’s rights but the real n redical change in the state mecanism that can do the job.Your “alliance” seams to approve the so called constitution n the royal democratization that has been a shameful windowdressing to the oppressed masses n the international community.
    Besides,the existing mechanism is the duplicate capitalism being represented n dominated by comprador class of indian infiltration n beaurocratic class.This as a result has been the main hindrance in building national independent capital.There4 such a mechanism should be solely collapsed n a capitalistic mechanism of real sense should be established for the real change.As your roadmap is dirrected otherwayround you will inturn certainly lead the democratic movement towards liquidation,aproving the despotic inroads n windowdressings of fascist wanchuck family regime.I suggest you to make your ‘movement’comprehenssive inclussive n scientific.

  16. I don’t agree with this Mison guy. He forgets we are one step ahead from what we used to be before. Constitutions can be amended if people desire. So there is nothing wrong if we have this constitution in Bhutan. To say you don’t accept this constitution it is too late now that they already have one general election and are getting ready for the second one and mind you these elections and their results are accepted by the international community including the UN. You should question the RGOB not RKD for having this constitution.

  17. Few things I feel to mention here about the coments of Sundas. Mr. Sunda I think you too have to see your points from these angle. I felt that you are confuse with some facts.
    For instance, You just know that Indian Fought in India. But You don’t know that Indian Fought with British Rule in India. And that British system WAS and IS first democratic system in the world. Fighting with leaders of Democratic Mind set of Britian and leadersd with Utopian Mindset of Bhutan is VAST Different.
    I don’t think any one can undermine the secrifice of large chunk of Indians Including Subash Chandra Bose, Gopal krishna from from Exile. For your knowledge, Gandhi began freedom struggle from South Africa.
    Sit down with cool mind and read Ramayana and Mahabharata or watchthe film on them. You will see that Ram fought the War against Evils, War to End Atrocities, Devilish acts, and Cruelty of Ravan, from Exile. In Mahabharata Pandavas fougth from exile agaist the mighty power of Duryodhan who aquired the kingdom deceiving the Pandavas.
    Your understanding that India was of Indian before British rule is agaisnt the Natural law on Citizenship. And remember that all the component of Bhutanese population are Immigrant and Emigrant. So Bhutan was owned by Today’s ruling class deceiving the then Native rulers.
    You have the right to Expression but it will be good if you write with good knowledge. Your write up shows that among the hundreds Lhotsampas (Bhutanese of Nepali origin) killed Raped, Tortured, Intimadet, Threaten and expulsed, no one has been from your clan or family origin. You didn’t see scores of Tshartshokps being victims of Atrocities and un-democratic rule.
    Further keep in mind, that Indian Gorkhas in Darjeelings are fighting in World largest democracy, Not in Absolute Monarchail Rule, Where basic fundamental Values of freedom are denied.
    Please be informed that Dargeelingayeys are fighting for Right to Self Determination while we are fighting for Human Right and Democracy. I think You have to study further to differentate and ACCURATELY UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN the Cause of Political Struggles.

  18. Keshar Singh Berdewa Ji,
    As far as i know you worked in the Royal Bhutan Police for years ad have ample opportunity to interact with the folks of different walks of life.I wounder what made you ask rongthong to furnish his academic background.It is not the qualifications that matters here at this point of thime,we want vibrant leadership to lead the struggle against the regime.
    What contribition do you think you made towards the bhutanese movement??Instead you absued the folks arrested during the pro democracyu movement in early 90s.You need to understand Kingfather Jigme steppeddown and framed a pseudo democracy dur to pressure from around the world and was not his will as such.That is the reason where many of our southern folks in Bhutan still have to fetch NOCs for almost everything.Many in Democratic Bhutan today are struggling hard to get themselves registered as bhutanese,remained as stateless for almost two decades. This is a total BULLShit.

    Please forgive me if you are not The captain K.S.Berdawa as the name happens to be.

  19. Kubir ji,

    You feel that, I have lack of knowledge about politic and political history and……I feel that, you have knowledge but trying to bully people through this propaganda . Ok.. every body has right to express feelings and thoughts…and no body can stop it.I would like to clarify your doubts as under :-

    Yes Gandhiji started movement against British India from Africa. Subash chandra,and other Indian leaders remained in exiled. But note that,they never stayed for longer period like our leaders ..i.e. 20 years. and unlike our nepali, 1,000,00 Indian never went out of India during agitation.The ladies and minors were raped in front of their family and thousand killed.. jawallabagh incident by British armed force.

    Regarding Darjeeling GNLF movement,thousand killed,thousand tortured,innocent were harrassed and our sisters were raped by the Indian security force.But they never run away from darjeeling.

    Coming to Ramayana/Marabarath and Ram katha as you have mentioned..please note that, this is thousand and thousands year old story wherein there were no. tv. no plane,no luxury vehicles, computers and automatic arms and billets etc..etc.. So time has changed and we must change our style of leadership.PLEZ. NOTE THAT, VOILENCE AND TERROEISM HAS NO PLACE IN THE MORDERN WORLD.

    Today I realized that, why we failed and where we failed to move ahead inspite of 20 years long struggle to go back Bhutan ?Coz we are stiil following the thousand and thousands years old gudelines from Ramayana and Marabharat.