02 December, 2020

Tocsin On Mount Exile

There is ferment within the Tibetan community in India as it seeks more out of its adopted land

Narendra Bisht
Tocsin On Mount Exile
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Seeds of Disenchantment

  • New arrivals from Tibet speak only Tibetan, tend to be aggressive and violent
  • Tibetan affluence, thanks to donations from the West, causes resentment among locals
  • With Dharamsala becoming a tourism hub, Indian businesses compete with Tibetan ones
  • Tibetans claim credit for Dharamsala’s development; Indians say this is their land
  • New arrivals allege that Indians charge exorbitant rents

***

It has been over 50 years since a band of Tibetans, led by the Dalai Lama, fled China and made India their home. From selling woollens on the pavements as impoverished destitutes to attracting the epithet of “the world’s richest refugees”, the now one-lakh-strong Tibetan community in India has come a long way. And yet, while watching the Dalai Lama felicitate Himachali politicians at a ‘thank you’ function organised in...

unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


In this article:

Latest Magazine

December 07, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section