By Ian Preston
Profiles the most important political occasions within the histories of the nations of relevant, South and East Asia
* somebody chronology for every kingdom of the region
* offers a concise profile of occasions from early background as much as the mid-twentieth century in addition to proposing larger aspect on newer occasions
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1982–1983: Violence in Assam and other areas of north-east India against Bengali residents, especially immigrants from Bangladesh, resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives; the Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, later erected a border fence to prevent illegal immigration from Bangladesh into Assam. 1 January 1982: President Sattar set up a National Security Council to explore how the armed forces could contribute to the nation’s development; the body replaced the National Defence Council. 7 January 1982: President Sattar, the sole candidate, was elected President of the National Party.
November 1907: An assembly of officials, important families and leading members of the clergy agreed to create a hereditary monarchy. Sir Ugyen Wangchuck was elected as the first Druk Gyalpo (‘Dragon King’) of Bhutan and acceded to the throne the following month. The pro-British Dorji family were awarded the hereditary position of gongzim (chief chamberlain). 1910: The Dalai Lama, head of the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, fled to India following the occupation of Lhasa by Chinese forces; the Chinese Government laid claim to Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim.
1989: Nepali was replaced by Dzongkha (the official language) in school curricula; A political chronology of Central, South and East Asia 30 interethnic marriages, which had previously been forbidden, were permitted. May 1989: As part of its policy of driglam namzha (the preservation of national customs and etiquette), the Government issued a decree requiring the wearing of national dress in public places; however, the decree was repealed soon afterwards. 1990: The Bhutan People’s Party (BPP), an ethnic Nepalese party, was founded in Kathmandu, Nepal, political parties being banned in Bhutan.