Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

4 - Diasporic Narrative of a Tibetan Woman: The Personal Recollection of Life in Exile.

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Jacaranda II, First Floor

This paper recollects the personal memories and life (her)stories of a Tibetan woman who left Tibet when she was a child and followed her family into exile, far away from her homeland, Tibet. Spanning the arch of half a century of life,  this contribution retraces the physical journey of displacement of a child and a young girl in search of education, but also presents the difficult and ad hoc arrangements taken by the Tibetan people during their first decades of life in India, when the expectations of returning home to Tibet were still very high. Once the stay in India became longer than expected, the personal life stories began intersecting with the larger global history, bringing more understanding about what it would be internationally called the ‘Tibet Issue’.


The 1971, India-Pakistan war and the creation of a new nation of Bangladesh had a dramatic effect on the young mind as the school happened to exist nearby an Indian Airforce headquarter. So also the visual image on the television set of the support extended by Indira Gandhi to Yasser Arafat of Palestine. These crucial events made her compare with treatment met out to issue of Tibet by India as well as international community.  


 Through a recollection of her memories as one of the very first Tibetan students of Political Sciences and International Relations in India, this article engages both her personal life trajectories and her understanding of why and how the treatment of Tibet issue by the international community. 

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