Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Land and the people. 2. A glance through history of Bhutan. 3. Bhutan: modernity and tradition. 4. Winds of change: treaty August 1949 and February 2007. 5. Economic revival and resurgence. 6. Social stratification. 7. Bhutan: from isolation to international co-operation. 8. Ethno-linguistic challenge. 9. GNH as a development strategy. 10. A step forward. 11. In retrospect. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.
No other countries can boast of closeness as India and Bhutan claim. The book is an attempt to understand the spirit behind the relations in its entirely beginning from early times to present day. Notwithstanding the tumultuous changes political social and economic have taken place in the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan the relations have strengthened and India has played an important role in Bhutan's emergence from isolation tot he international arena. The book traces its journey from its nascent times to the developing nation it is today with per capita income which is the highest in South Asia. (jacket)