Tibetan North India


    From home you have reached
    the Horizon here.
    From here to another
    here you go.
    From there to the next
    next to the next
    horizon to horizon
    every step is a horizon.
    Count the steps
    and keep the number.
    Pick the white pebbles
    and the funny strange leaves.
    Mark the curves
    and cliffs around
    for you may need
    to come home again.
                    - Tenzin Tsundue
    In 1959, amongst political turmoil and religious persecution, the 14th Dalai Lama fled from Tibet over the Himalayas into India. The Prime Minister of India gave him permission to settle his people and establish their government in exile in McLeod Ganj. Today there are an estimated 150,000 Tibetans living outside of their country, the majority of which in India.
    There is an urgency in their efforts to preserve Tibetan identity, language and traditions as young Tibetans, born outside of their homeland or inside Tibet under Chinese rule, are marginalized and their culture diluted.