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Tibet's tryst with destiny

July 30, 2008

Fifty years after the Dalai Lama fled his land, the distance with the
Tibetans is growing wider.
MyNews (India)
July 28, 2008

Lhasa/Beijing -- It is a grey July morning in Lhasa and the sun, like
the Dalai Lama, has been banished from the Potala Palace.

The former abode of the erstwhile ruler of Tibet still shimmers with
a luminosity that draws hundreds to its bosom that hides a hoary history.

Young Tibetan mothers with infants strapped on to their back twirl
the traditional prayer wheel as they climb the maze of rooms.

They soon enter the chamber where the Dalai Lama once used to give
audience to the commoners from the fields of Tibet and the visiting
dignitaries from faraway Peking. These Tibetans bow their heads,
mumble a quiet prayer and move on, joining hordes of Chinese tourists
for a peek into the past that glitters through the rash of rubies,
agate and turquoise gems studded on the gold-plated resting place of
the previous Dalai Lamas. The glitter reflects a majestic past of an
ancient people. But it is the future that speaks through the darkness
of the room where a young Dalai Lama used to sit most mornings. His
majestic chair is eerily empty, and the smorgasbord of finery strung
around the room has long faded. Much like the Dalai Lama's hopes of
returning to his beloved land.
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