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Reply #39 - For seneca - Healthcare Conditions in Tibetan Refugee Camps
Thank you, seneca, for pursuing "respectable" sources regarding the deplorable conditions in the Tibetan refugee camps in under DL's management. Perhaps you think the kind of reports given in post #1, 2, 3, 4 are not respetable by your standard. Does the author touch a raw nerve on Dhamransala and what it stands for and what it looks like? For one thing, the perspectives, and facts, offered by these authors do not cater to the mainstream western media appetite and consumption and political agenda.|
Perhaps you think those numerous photos of the starving, severely under-nourished Indian kids not authentic. Or maybe you think those reports (plus photos) on the living conditions in the slum areas in Indian cities not respectable. And you think the Indian government would go out of the way to provide adequte medical care for the Tibetan refugees?
When the US president checks into Andrew Air Force Hospital for whatever medical attention, there are also tens of thousands who have no health care coverage whatsoever.
When His Holiness checked into a first class hospital in New Dehli last fall for a stoumach complaint, you can be quite sure those thousands of Tibetan refugee camp dwellers, or Tibetan beggers on New Dehli streets do not enjoy the same treatment and care for similar physical complaints.
When DL fled in 1959, there were several thousand beggers on Lhasa's streets. Today, Tibetan beggers are found in Indian streets.
Older Tibetan refuguees, when asked about their life under DL in the old Tibet, are very reluctant in giving answers. Many refer to those years with shame and regret and indicate they would not prefer to go back to that kind of life any more.
It is a shame in deed that many of them suffer from privately and quietly. A shame imposed upon them by the old Tibetan ruling system, under which you are supposed to abide by all the rules and laws prescribed for you based what social class you were born into. A regret that you probably were born as a life long sevant to your master and you could only hope to improve your lot by the next life if you are lucky enough to be born into a higher social caste.
It is also a shame that most western media choose to ignore the obvious facts and conditions in the Tibetan refugee camps, including exploitations of the refugees and human rights violations. They choose to impart the impression that Dharamsala is a utopia, after depicting the old Tibet under DL as a Shangari-la.
Very effective propaganda, obviously.