On the Scene in Dharamsala

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Our colleague Jyoti Thottam reports from northern India where Tibetans are meeting to discuss the future of their movement:

The process may sound as worthy and bureaucratic as a conclave of some obscure United Nations agency. But as with any gathering of this size, the real action is happening informally, in the courtyards and coffee houses around Dharamsala. Old friends and classmates are seeing each other after many years, comparing notes on their children and counting gray hairs. The radicals of the movement, who advocate a free Tibet, are buttonholing the centrists to shore up support in the mainstream. And everyone in Dharamsala is getting a chance to catch a glimpse of Tibet’s aristocracy. (Was that the Dalai Lama’s sister driving by?)