中興大學國際政治研究所將於 6 月舉辦「探索印度演講系列」之演講活動，詳細資訊如下 :
本活動改由南亞觀察主辦，訂於 6 月14 日 晚上 7 點於台北市大安區金華街142號舉行。詳情請見南亞觀察網頁：
講題 : 為印度保衛國境的西藏難民
講者 : 林汝羽
Narratives of Tibetans Defending Indian Borders
After 1959, the Tibetan guerrillas who fought against Chinese invasion, later facilitated the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape through the Himalayas, have joined the Indian army in the early 1960s. The Special Frontier Forces(SFF) based near Dehra Dun in Uttar Pradesh, also known as Establishment 22, recruited many Tibetans who have came from Tibet in a time span from 1959 to early 1970s.
The former guerrillas served in the Indian army with the expectation of defeating the Chinese, regaining the military strength of Tibet, and then prepare to return to Tibet. Such scheme has changed after 1962 Sino-Indian war. Since early 1980s, the reason of the second-generation Tibetan refugees joining the Indian army, is mostly economic, and such has become a survival strategy for refugees.
These trained soldiers brought a stable income to their family to support basic education for their siblings, wedding and funeral expenses, and initial financial endowment of seasonal sweater selling business. They often engaged in business or farming after retirement, some of them continue serving at the security department of CTA.
This presentation wishes to share the preliminary findings in the fieldwork, to depict the trajectory of two generations defending the border of where they don’t belong, and some of them participated in wars.
The speaker wishes to elaborate the meaning of the state for these refugees from their experiences serving in the army, for example, how does the concept of the Indian state link with the idea of a “Tibetan state”? Does their body experiences reflect on their knowledge of self and thus make them different from other refugees?