Director's Note List of Contributors Introduction Section I 1. Geography as a Factor in Bhutan's Development/Vinod Kumar Bhardwaj 2. Buddhism in Bhutan and Sri Lanka: A Comparative Study/Swaroop Rani Dubey 3. Socio-Economic Transformation in Bhutan: Prospects and Constraints/Deepa Mathur 4. Status of Women in Bhutan/Sonia Upreti 5. Language and Literature in Bhutan/S.R. Chakravarty 6. The Nepali Immigrants in Bhutan: Growing Conflict Between National and Ethnic Identities/B.C. Upreti 7. Ethnic Crisis in Bhutan: Implications/Manorama Kohli 8. Bhutan?s Problem of Ethnicity: Causes, Consequences and Prospects/Parmanand 9. Political Economy of Ethnic Conflict in Bhutan/Mathew Joseph C. Section II 10. Bhutan Towards Modernization/S.S. Bhattacharya 11. Bhutan: A Changing Development Paradigm/Mahendra P. Lama 12. Bhutan: Three Decades of Planned Development/Dasho Yeshey Zimba 13. Economic Development in Bhutan: Recent Trends/Smita Mehrotra 14. Economic Development and Modernization in Bhutan/M.D. Dharamdhasani Section III 15. Political Development of Bhutan: Emerging Trends/Kapileshwar Labh 16. Current Situation in Bhutan/Dasho Jigmi Thinley 17. Bhutan in Turmoil: A Note/B.S. Das 18. The Nature and Direction of Political Change in Bhutan/Jai Prakash Sharma 19. Bhutan's Foreign Policy in the New Context/Meenakshi Misra and R.C. Misra 20. Indo-Bhutan Relations/Sonam T. Rabgye 21. Indo-Bhutan Relations/S.S. Gupta 22. Indo-Bhutan Relations in the Changing South Asian Context/Vinod C. Khanna 23. Bhutan-Pakistan Relations/P.L. Bhola 24. Bhutan and SAARC/Shashi Upadhyay
Bhutan, the last Shangrila, which opened itself very late and cautiously, maintains its culture and ways of life against not only the onslaught of science and technology but also the two most dynamic and fast emerging centres of power--India and China. Bhutan is unique in several respects. A study of its socio-political institutions and development strategy is rewarding in many ways. It is, therefore, desirable to know and understand Bhutan's society, culture, way of life, economy, polity and process of modernization.
The kingdom of Bhutan is facing multi-dimensional problems in modern times. Process of social change, development, modernization, national identity and integration are posing serious challenges to the ruling elite. The major objectives of the present volume is to enquire into the dynamics of various problems that Bhutan is encountering and the strategies that the elite has adopted to deal with them.