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Karnataka Tibetan camp wears a deserted look

March 19, 2008

Tashi Delek -- this very warm greeting is missing. They have all left their base camps as their country is calling them.

The otherwise busy Tibetan settlement at Bayalakuppe, which is a three-hour drive from Bengaluru and the biggest in the world next to Tibet today, wears a deserted look.

The shutters are down and one hardly sees anyone on the road. Someone had said a couple of years back, "You feel as though you are in a separate country when you enter this settlement. Pretty girls, well dressed men and lots of school kids from Tibet crowd the roads in this settlement, which houses 30,000 refugees."

There is a sense of gloom as you drive past the roads of this settlement. You can see people making inquiries about their brothers in Tibet and some are even seen consoling others.

The news that over 100 protesting Tibetans have been killed by Chinese forces has sent shock waves here.

These people say that these are not just rumours and they believe that many more could have died in their homeland.

Text: Vicky Nanjappa in Bayalakuppe
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