Post dedicated to the lovely Aqua
I first understood what it meant never to know one’s country when I met Aqua. Her parents are exiled Tibetans living in Darjeeling, who will never go back to their country again as long as it remains a Chinese territory. And the same goes for Aqua, who is Tibetan, but who might never get to see Tibet.
I want to break free
For me, this was a difficult concept to come to terms with. I go back to my home state when I want, I live in my own country wherever I choose to (at least as of now!) and travel where I please. Imagine not having this basic right. Imagine leaving the country one day and not being able to go back.
Lighting of the lamps: A glimmer of hope
Tibetans today are settled in large numbers in the North – Darjeeling, Dharamasala and in the South in Bylakuppe.
One young man who has been fighting for Tibet’s freedom is Tenzing Tsundue. I knew of him only from the news but it so happened that my sister had met him in Mumbai. His struggle has been documented and you can read more of his evocative writing. He was recently released after having been arrested for being part of the March 10 protests.
This post is dedicated to Aqua, Tenzin and all Tibetans who are fighting for the freedom of their land.
The young and the hopeful: Will he get to see his country some day?