Across generations – Tibetans in India

The Tibetans who fled their homeland Tibet in 1959 made India their home. 55 years later, their struggle for freedom continues . While the Tibetan Government in exile has it’s headquarter in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India, Majnu ka Tila is the  Tibetan refugee settlement in North Delhi.

Tibetan prayer flags in Majnu ka Tila
Tibetan prayer flags in Majnu ka Tila

 

With a population of about 5,000 settlers, this resilient community is very much at home in India and over the past five decades, generations have made a life for themselves here . While Tibetans born and brought up in India have more connection with their adopted land,  they have maintained their identity and preserved their traditions and culture remarkably.

 

The Green Book affirms that holder is a legitimate Tibetan in exile who is affiliated to the Tibetan Exile Government
The Green Book affirms that holder is a legitimate Tibetan in exile who is affiliated to the Tibetan Exile Government

Until now their status was that of “foreigners in India” but with a new order  by the State, children of Tibetan refugees born in India between 1950 and 1987 can take Indian citizenship and also exercise the right to vote. reactions have been mixed, the older generation wants to retain their Tibetan status while many youngsters who have known no other home other than India want to take on Indian citizenship to further their career options.

Whatever their choice, their strength continues to be their intrinsically kind and gentle nature.

 

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