Abhaya has become a commune that encloses the complexities and accommodates the ugly dregs of society—an attempt to replace the ugliness with compassion and hope.
"I too am a refugee and I am here because of the kindness of India. Let this land be a refuge for the homeless and unfortunate," the Dalai Lama had said while laying the foundation stone for Abhayagramam in Thiruvananthapuram in 1992. It did become a refuge, for the destitute, the mentally ill, the drug addicts and children in distress and women who have lost the security of own homes. The organisation has been nurtured since its formation in 1985 by poet-activist Sugathakumari.