Life of Tibetan's in India

His Holiness Dalai Lama celebrates his 84th birthday today. Dalai Lama is the spiritual and religious leader of the Tibetans around the world. On his birthday ObserveNow brings to you untold facts about the Tibetan community.

Tibetans in India

As per the Central Tibetan Administration survey from 2009, 127,935 Tibetans are currently living in India.

Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa have Tibetan refugee’s settlement.

The Tibetan government-in-exile functions from McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamshala which has since come to be known as Little Tibet.

At present, more than 150000 Tibetan refugees are living in India. Their main source of income is small businesses like handicraft shops, restaurants. They pay all kinds of taxes like house, property, water, electricity like all other Indian citizens. They also have Aadhaar card, Bank account, Pan Card, Driving license and all ID proofs like any other Indian citizen. The Tibetans follow Buddhism as their religion.

Tibetans on India 

On every 31 March Tibetans sing a ‘Thank you India’ song and thank India for giving them a home to live in.  31st March marks the day His Holiness Dalai Lama’s reached Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. It has been 60 years in-exile in 2018.

On 10 March, every year Tibetans celebrate Uprising Day. In 1959 on this day for the first time all thousands of Tibetans came on the streets of Lhasa, Tibet’s capital.

Rising up against China’s illegal invasion and occupation of their homeland and shouted out in unity to give them freedom. Tibetans born in India between January 1950 and July 1987 can be issued Indian passports.

The Tibetans live with great harmony among them and also treat others equally who work there.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls India the ‘Guru’ and Tibet its ‘Chela’ and refers to himself as the ‘Son of India’ and a true follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

Struggle for Free Tibet 

Dalai Lama has been instrumental in Tibet’s struggle for freedom from China. He has regularly raised the cause of Free Tibet at international forums. Tibet has been under Chinese control for the last 69 years. When the Chinese forces marched into the country which is known as the ‘Roof of World’ and claimed it as Chinese territory. Causing the religious settlement including their religious leader Dalai Lama to flee Tibet and cross the Himalayas and come to settle in India. 


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Taniya Tikoo

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder at ObserveNow. She loves Rumi, traveling, and music. A Mountain girl using the power of words to change the world.

I dream to wake up to a world where I see a thriving Kashmir, a free Palestine and a Free Tibet 

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