If SNP Minister Stewart Stevenson had been aware of the Bhutanese/Nepali refugee problem he might not have been so rash as to leap into making favourable comparisons between Bhutan and Scotland ("An independent Scotland?
Just take a look at Bhutan", The Herald, June 29).
Over a number of recent years I visited the Darjeeling hill country of West Bengal and witnessed the work being done by the Church of North India to alleviate the suffering of the children of Hindu and Christian Nepali origin in the refugee camps on the Nepal-India border, where 105,000 Bhutanese were forced to stay because they were judged a threat to the indigenous Buddhist Bhutanese. This story began as recently as the late 1970s and, although complex, I can assure Mr Stevenson he has made a very unfortunate comparison.
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