Bhutan’s Prime Minister-to-be Tshering Tobgay replied in the same positive tenor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s letter promising India’s “steadfast” and “unflinching support” to Thimphu. In a letter to Dr. Singh, Mr. Tobgay said he and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — which won a majority in Bhutanese Parliamentary elections — would preserve and strengthen the special ties between the two countries.

— Special Correspondent