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Comparing Urban Tibetan Communities of McLeodganj and Majnu Ka Tilla in India: Narratives of Urban Precarity and Resilience

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S. Gupta ,

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, IN
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M. Balasubramaniam,

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, IN
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R. Lal

Sheffield Hallam University, GB
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Abstract

This paper explores the experience of a section of the stateless Tibetan exile community in India as they face urban displacement in New Delhi and Himachal Pradesh.  Drawing on a comparative analysis of the Tibetan settlements of Majnu Ka Tilla (MT) in New Delhi and McLeodganj, Dharamshala HP, we map the various pathways they energise in the face of eviction orders from local Indian municipal authorities. While both are highly dense communities of Tibetan exiles, their experience of negotiating urban displacement is dissimilar. This obtains due to different institutional and participatory mechanisms available to them as communities of stateless urban residents.

How to Cite: Gupta, S., Balasubramaniam, M. and Lal, R., 2022. Comparing Urban Tibetan Communities of McLeodganj and Majnu Ka Tilla in India: Narratives of Urban Precarity and Resilience. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal, 9(1), pp.10–17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/bhumi.v9i1.84
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Published on 20 Dec 2022.
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