Socio-Political and Economic Conditions of Tibetan Refugees in India: A Case Study of Dharamsala
Chok Tsering

This paper highlights the general resettlement programs introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the support from Indian government and also include the overall socio- political and economic conditions of Tibetan refugees in India for the last 52 years. A case study of Dharamsala has been specifically chosen because it happens to be the epicenter of all Tibetan activities, be it culture, politics, religion and educational institutions. More over the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has made this place a “little Lhasa”. The existence of such institution and diversity of people from Tibet makes this place a very representative study of socio-political and economic conditions of Tibetan refugees. The figures shown in the paper are the opinions of 150 respondents during personal survey at Dharamsala which presents the changes that have taken place in exiled Tibetan community with the reconstruction of Tibetan monasteries and nunneries, schools, settlements and basic health and medical care.

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Published Date : 31st October 2011

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