Did Bhutan ask India to intervene in Doklam?


We Indians have been given to understand by Indian media through various commentators and even live telecast of Parliamentary proceedings that India is under obligation to protect Bhutan militarily. And not only for protecting Indian security interests but also on the invitation of Bhutan the military of India has gone to Doklam (a disputed territory between China and Bhutan) where there has been military standoff for the last about one and half months. –

Hence we Indians are incensed over media-projected aggression of China and present day jingoist India is prepared to even go to all-out and full-fledged war against China to settle the score with China about India’s humiliating and crushing defeat in 1962 Indo-China war.

But on Sunday on a program (Latitude) on TimesNow one reputed panelist said that neither there is any treaty between India and Bhutan which automatically entitles India to assume the responsibility of the defense of Bhutan from external aggression nor Bhutan invited India to take-on China militarily at Doklam where China is constructing a road.

As far absence of any such treaty said panelist seems to be right because treaty of 2007 has changed the sort-of-protectorate provision of 1949 treaty between India and Bhutan.

1949 Treaty Article 2, which says that the Government of India undertakes to exercise no interference in the internal administration of Bhutan. On its part the Government of Bhutan agrees to be guided by the advice of the Government of India in regard to its external relations.

As far invitation by Bhutan to India to intervene militarily in the dispute between China and Bhutan the websites of governments of India and Bhutan are silent on this issue. Meanwhile China has already threatened that if India as Third County can intervene on the side of Bhutan in a territorial dispute between China and Bhutan then China also as third country can intervene militarily on the side of Pakistan in the territorial dispute between India and Pakistan (about J&K).

It hardly needs any mention that Pakistan will not only be very glad to have China on its side militarily in any Indo-Pak war for the resolution of Kashmir dispute which is pending in UN and which has already caused four wars between India and Pakistan namely 1947-48, 1965, 1971 and 1999 but also Pakistan will leave no stone un-turned to ensure that China does so at the earliest especially given the fact that Pakistan sees an opportunity for snatching Kashmir from India due to present immensely-increased alienation of Kashmiris from India.

 This explosive situation has one more dangerous aspect to it. China has been claiming the State of Arunachal Pradesh in North-East of India. If China tries to take it militarily during said war then it will not only be much easier by cutting approach road, the chicken neck at Siliguri corridor near Doklam to N-E but the Jihadis of Bangladesh will highly likely try to take rest of N-E by taking advantage of tens of millions of Bangladeshi infiltrators in N-E and its neighboring West Bengal.

Therefore United Nations (UN) should immediately ask its member Bhutan whether it invited India militarily against China at Doklam and if yes then under which treaty? If Bhutan replies for both the questions in negative then UN should move promptly to discipline India by asking it to pull out its Army from Doklam so that war between three nuclear countries can be avoided in the interest of saving 40 percent of mankind.



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