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Maoist crisis spreads in Himalayas
The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2003 | Chitra Tiwari

Posted on 05/27/2003 1:43:15 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:03:22 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

While Nepal has received widespread international attention, due mainly to its seven-year Maoist insurgency, Bhutan another Himalayan kingdom, about the size of Switzerland, with a population of 2 million has failed until now to attract similar international attention.

But that may change.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhutan; nepal

1 posted on 05/27/2003 1:43:16 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Interesting article, albiet a bit hard to understand. If I got the gist accurately, Bhutan has two major ethnic groups. One of them rules the country. One of them would probably rule the country if there was a Democratic Bhutan. So the current establishment, not wanting to lose power, deprives them of their citizenship and throws them into refugee camps.

I think they should split the country and give the majority ethnic group the majority of the country, therefore protecting both the old elites and the majority.

I don't understand why that's not done more often. Don't fight, split.

D
2 posted on 05/27/2003 2:33:12 PM PDT by daviddennis (Visit amazing.com for protest accounts, video & more!)
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To: Jacob Kell; swarthyguy
Maoists in South Asia ping
3 posted on 05/27/2003 2:37:24 PM PDT by Angelus Errare
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To: daviddennis
Actually, there are three ethnic groups, not two. The Ngalung, about 16% who are the Drukpas of west Bhutan and the ruling ethnic group, Sarchops, who are 31%,and Lhotshampa or Nepalese who are 53%.
4 posted on 05/27/2003 3:45:20 PM PDT by Jacob Kell (If you can read this tagline, then you don't need glasses.)
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To: Angelus Errare
keyword: Maoists, fomentors of chaos and bloodshed, igniting ethnic tensions and rivalries.
5 posted on 05/27/2003 4:33:25 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: archy
Another paradise...Bhutan for getaway suggestions.
6 posted on 05/27/2003 4:36:15 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Bhutan — another Himalayan kingdom, about the size of Switzerland

For those seeking a more meaningful comparison, Switzerland is about twice the size of Massachusetts.

An unrelated, but interesting question: Are the citizens of Bhutan still permitted to pay their taxes in yak butter?

7 posted on 05/27/2003 6:52:45 PM PDT by laredo44
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To: Jacob Kell
True; I left out the other group to simplify the explanation, which didn't seem to involve the other group. Odd since in the new nation they would be the majority, not the ruling bunch. So I would think the rulers would have to do something about them, too.

D
8 posted on 05/28/2003 8:22:05 AM PDT by daviddennis (Visit amazing.com for protest accounts, video & more!)
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To: daviddennis
The Lhotsampa/Nepalis probably include not only true Nepalis, but other peoples who speak Nepali, such as magars.
9 posted on 05/29/2003 12:13:54 PM PDT by Jacob Kell (Plus I was put here to put fear in liberals who spray Root beer.)
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