Ignoring the Neighbourhood

Somewhat successful in wooing western countries, the Tibetan exile government seems to treat South Asia as a backwater. Understandably, the primary focus of the public relations effort has been to gather international (read North American and European) support. Faced with the stringent restrictions placed by India and, more so, Nepal on. Tibetan activism, Dharamsala has been concentrating elsewhere.

The lack of interest in Tibetan affairs among even educated South Asians reflects the realpolitik that has guided official Indian and Nepali policy, which resists any talk of Tibet as being anything but part of China. But a foreign policy position need not have the result of burying or discounting the social, cultural and economic ties that the Himalayan rimland populations have had with Tibetans for centuries.

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