It appears that all that we believe of "peaceful" Tibetan monks are quickly changing with times. The new generation of young Tibetans in Dharamsala are not quite excited about their rich heritage and it seems that violence, drugs and the new age vices are catching up with the bulging population far too soon.
The dream of free Tibet is being stoked by one and all - from senior monks to rap artists - and the consumers of such a dream is using a distorted view of peace.
Local Indians have started despising these young kids who are now known for carrying knives and involving in vandalism.
The reality is quite different than what we saw and believed - at least up until the last time I visited and interacted with people.
Another very sad thing I found was that Tibetan run shops, restaurants and similar institutions discourage Indian customers. They are not just rude to Indians but are creating a very negative impression amongs the foreign visitors - especially with Israelis, Russians and some of the East Europeans...
Sad - but that's the present reality....so much so that His Holiness The Dalai Lama too is losing or has lost a whole deal of reputation in the minds of local Indians.
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