Amid tensions between China and Nepal, Bhutan has now raised the issue for India, with relations with neighbors deteriorating under the Modi government.
India is struggling with its neighbors these days. Then whether it is Nepal or Pakistan, Bangladesh or China. In all adverse circumstances, Bhutan-India relations are not hidden in this matter but now they are not looking good either. A few months ago, it was decided to charge more than a thousand rupees per day from Indians coming to Bhutan as tourists. Now farmers in Baksa district are worried about Bhutan’s water being cut off.
Due to the corona virus, the Bhutanese government has banned entry to outsiders inside the country and barred Indian farmers from using water from rivers flowing out of Bhutan. More than 6,000 farmers in 26 villages in Baksha district depend on irrigation sources. Since 1953, local farmers have been irrigating their fields with river water from Bhutan. However, Indian farmers are angry over the sudden stoppage of water from Bhutan.
Members of civil society, including farmers in Baksha district, protested against it on Monday, expressing concern over the Bhutanese government’s decision to cut off water. Protesters blocked the Rongiya-Bhutan road for hours. The protesters demanded that the central government raise the issue with the Bhutanese government and try to resolve it in the interest of the farmers.