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Bhutan Bhutan is a small Himalayan kingdom located between China and India. Ancient stone implements and other archaeological findings indicate that there were settlements in the country dating back to 2000 B.C. The recorded history of the kingdom, however, begins with the advent of Buddhism in the 8th Century. The country faced feudal disintegration in the 19th Century but peace and stability was restored with the enthronement of His Majesty King UgyenWangchuck who was unanimously elected as the first hereditary monarch of the kingdom in 1907. The establishment of the monarchy ushered in a new era of peace and stability and most significantly unified the country under a central authority. It also set in motion a steady process of engagement with the outside world and laid the foundations for the country as a modern nation state. Since then, successive Kings of Bhutan have brought unprecedented peace and stability to the country. They have brought rapid socio-economic progress while promoting Bhutan’s rich culture and tradition and established the important institutions of governance and prepared for far reaching political changes. In 2008, exactly after the 100 Years of Monarchy, the first parliamentary elections were conducted and Bhutan had its first democratically elected government. The second and third parliamentary election were successfully held in 2013 and 2018 further consolidating the new democratic system. The formal Coronation of His Majesty The King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Fifth King of Bhutan, was held in 2008 and is well regarded. [Source Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi Website]
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S R Research
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S R Research
Jun 04, 2021
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Bhutan Parliament to Pass Number of Bills
S R Monitor
May 30, 2021
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Bhutan China Boundary Dispute – Progress 2016
S R Research
Apr 11, 2021
6 min read
Bhutan China Boundary: 10th Expert Group Meeting – Analysis
S R Research
Apr 10, 2021
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Bhutan Attempts Herd Immunity
S R Monitor
Apr 01, 2021
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Next Steps in India Bangladesh Partnership
S R Research
Mar 28, 2021
5 min read
Regional Strategic Trends & Intellibrief – 18 Feb 2021
S R Monitor
Feb 18, 2021
2 min read
Israel Bhutan Relations – What’s the Big Deal?
S R Research
Dec 17, 2020
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