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India Bhutan Relations

With Bhutan and India celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations, ‘Bhutan Week’ is currently on in New Delhi. The largest and most comprehensive event on Bhutan ever held in India, currently on at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), was inaugurated earlier this week by vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu along with the Queen Mother, Dorji Wangmo. The event that will go on till September 30 showcases the tiny kingdom’s culture and way of life. The ‘soft diplomacy’ at work through this event celebrates the special friendship between Bhutan and India and also generates greater appreciation for Bhutan and a genuine and friendly neighbour of India, among other things. At the celebrations are nearly 300 participants from Bhutan and on offer are 13 forms of arts and crafts from Bhutan, among them masks and folk dances, Bhutanese films, cuisine, textiles, its highland culture, tourism and trade.