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What does it mean to belong to a nation in exile? A collection of Tibetan essays edited by Tenzin Dickie tries to address the question

Srinath Perur

New Delhi,ISSUE DATE: Jul 10, 2023 | UPDATED: Jun 30, 2023 19:43 IST

The Penguin Book of Modern Tibetan Essays, edited by Tenzin Dickie | Vintage/ Penguin | Rs 699; 320 pages

The Penguin Book of Modern Tibetan Essays, edited by Tenzin Dickie | Vintage/ Penguin | Rs 699; 320 pages

In one of the essays in this book, the activist and writer Tenzin Tsundue recounts watching the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, his face wet with tears. He finds it hard to explain this to his Indian hostel-mates, who take for granted their presence on the map, the right of their compatriots to wear their national dress and compete under their flag. While the show talks about the spirit of the Olympics and borderlessness, Tsundue writes: “What can I, a refugee, talk about except the wish to go back home?”

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