"The young all have the same dream : to free Tibet. Some quickly forget this dream, convinced that there are some important things to do, like having a family, earning money, Career etc. Others, though, decide that it really is possible to make a difference in society and to shape the Nation we will hand on to future generations."
How can we be so arrogant?

The planet is, was and always will be stronger than us, We can't destroy it, if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing.

Why don't we start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?

Because saving the planet gives a sense of power, action and nobility. Whereas not letting the planet destroy us” might lead to feelings of despair and impotence, and to a realization of just how very limited our capabilities are.
Majnu Ka Tilla

The Tibetan camp, within walking distance of Delhi University, is a unique Tibetan refugee creation. It is completely self-sustaining. It came into existence through hard work and an obstinate refusal to be daunted and overwhelmed by the grinding poverty within the camp and in the surrounding areas. Dharamsala is considered the heart of the Tibet world. But it is Majnu Ka Tilla that constitutes the commercial centre of the exile community. It is the hub of Tibetan commerce and spreads its limited prosperity along its many spokes to other Tibetan communities in all four directions of the subcontinent and beyond.

The Transformation

A definite new idea of the place in mind. First observation is how transformed the place is and how astounding the transformation is. The transformation is not limited to the swanking new buildings that have sprung up. The real transformation is one of change of the attitude of the people. Whereas in the old days Majnu Ka Tilla gave an air of resigned weariness, Majnu Ka Tilla today is a beehive of industry, energy and enterprise, all laced by an attitude which says, I can improve my lot.

Although hotels and restaurants are the main service industry of the Tibetan camp, there are other services also offered. Travel agencies offer tours throughout the Himalayas and even as far afield as Tibet. Curio shops and trinket hawkers rely on a non-Tibetan clientele. Majnu Ka Tilla numerous cyber cafes allow its inhabitants and visitors to communicate across the globe. There are gold and silver smiths, busy hammering away and churning out gold and silver ornaments and beauty parlors to match the customer’s tone of skin, or style of hairdo, with these expensive ornaments. There is a cargo service offering to ferry goods across the globe. Pavement hawkers hawk CDs of Tibetan pop songs from Tibet and within the exile community. Bookshops within shouting distance of one another specialize on books on the Dharma, teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other great lamas, Tibetan culture and medicine. Most of these books are in English. These bookshops also sell books and scriptural texts in Tibetan. Which means that the teachings of the Buddha are an actively pursued vocation in this truly globalised camp by increasing numbers of travelers and visitors from a Majnu-Ka-Tilla-ised world.

Majnu Ka Tilla is the first port of call for all Tibetans. In the early days, the only non-Tibetan presence in Majnu Ka Tilla was the Delhi University students, relishing the novelty of wolfing down momos and digging into their noodles with chopsticks. Now it seems to be the first port of call for most foreigners, going to Dharamsala to receive teachings or coming down from Dharamsala after the teachings. Because of this the crowd in Majnu Ka Tilla is global. You come across groups of excited Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and Taiwanese.

Copyright @ 2009 Yungdung Dhargye