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Dharamshala, India — His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) congratulated Joe Biden on becoming the 46th President of the United States of America.
Dharamshala, India — "A sense of community and compassion is important for happiness" said His Holiness the Dalai Lama while he is in conversation with Harvard Business School (HBS) professor Arthur Brooks, for a virtual session of the course titled Leadership and Happiness from his residence in Dharamshala, India on January 17, 2021.
Dharamshala, India – The Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association (ITFA) of Dharamshala organised a felicitation ceremony in recognition of the Tibetan Policy and Support Act 2020 (TPSA). “I appeal to Indian government to throw some light on Tibet Act, following the steps of the US” said Ajit Nehria, president of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association (ITFA) at the felicitation ceremony.
Dharamshala, India — A felicitation ceremony organized by the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association (ITFA) in Dharamshala. This ceremony was organized in recognition of the Tibetan Policy and Support Act 2020 (TPSA) which was passed by the US Senate and later signed by President Donald Trump into law.
Dharamshala, India— "Chinese Communist Party's President Xi personally called for an increased political education in schools in Tibet to ensure the loyalty of the next generation", according to the World Report of Human Right Watch in 2021. The Chinese authorities in Tibet continue to impose inhuman violations of freedom on Tibetans.
Dharamshala, India — A Tibetan in occupied Tibet self-immolated five years ago in protest against the brutal policies of China in Tibet. The incident came to light five years later only under the excessive control and constant surveillance of China over Tibet. The lack of basic freedom in Tibet, pushed Tibetans to take extreme steps such as self-immolations.
Dharamshala, India — “China has robbed off the uniqueness of Tibetan Buddhism,” said Robert A. Destro, US Special coordinator for Tibetan issues while addressing the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) leadership in a virtual conference on January 12, 2021.
Dharamshala, India— “The younger generation is our hope. Past is past, the future depends on the younger generation,” said His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, at a virtual conference with environmental activist Greta Thunberg, and two leading scientists, William Moomaw and Susan Natali on January 10, 2021. They discussed climate change and global warming.
Dharamshala, India—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama called for global climate action while attending a virtual conference organized by the Mind and Life Institute on January 10, 2021. He discussed climate changes and environmental issues with environmental activist Greta Thunberg and acclaimed climate researchers from across the globe.
Dharamshala, India — Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) held a ceremony in Dharamshala to show gratitude to the US government for signing Tibetan Policy and Support Act 2020 (TPSA) into law. The ceremony takes place on January 8, 2021. “The Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 is a tribute to the great legacy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to the courage and solidarity of six million Tibetans outside and inside Tibet,” remarked Dr Lobsang Sangay, president of CTA in presence of officials and media persons.
Dharamshala, India — The President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay gave an interview to the "NewsX", a news television channel in India on Jun 3, 2020. "What happened in Tibet 60 years ago, it is the incremental approach, it is the leadership coopetition and slowly steadily, they make all the intrusion, and soon you realise that your country is gone," President told the reporter.
The below is a rough transcript of NewsX's interview with Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Tibetan government in-Exile, previously known the Government of Tibet.
What has been happening in Ladakh? Are you concerned at all that the incremental nature of the Chinese approach that eventually impacted Tibet? Maybe resurfacing?
Actually, you know what we have been saying for the last 60 years. What happened to Tibet could happen to India and all the neighboring countries. And what you see in Ladakh, its a repeatation, or what happened in Tibet 60 years ago, it is the incremental approach, it is the leadership coopetition and slowly steadily, they make all the intrusion, and soon you realise that your country is gone. So we have been a victim of China's occupation of Tibet. So the lesson that India and the leadership of India should learn is by closely studying the issue of Tibet.
Dr Sangay, at this point of time for viewers who are watching this. What is the situation in Tibet and in Lhasa?
Now there is political repression, cultural assimilation, environmental destruction, economic marginalisation, and all kinds of human rights violations. As you know, more than 100 Tibetans have committed self-immolation, burn themselves that demonstrate the desperation and determination of Tibetan people that they are protesting against the occupation of Tibet. They're saying occupation is unacceptable and repression is unbearable. That's why they're burning themselves and confronting self-immolation.
How much of the infrastructure China was building in the railways in the roadways that we know they have done and now they want to expand that into Kathmandu as I know you're aware how much of that has already happened?
You know this one Belt, One Road initiative, which is now expanded to all over the world. We have been the first victim, because initially when China built one road connecting China to Tibet, they said this will bring prosperity to Tibet and Tibetan people, you will benefit from this. In fact, we Tibetans helped to build those roads and our parents and grandparents were paid in silver coins. We sang a song, China's Communist Party is like-kind parents, they shower you with silver coins to help build a road connecting China to Tibet. Soon, that road paved the way for Chinese trucks to come, Chinese tanks to come, Chinese guns to come. That's how they occupied Tibet. Now the railway line has come. 30 airports have been built six major airfields are being built. All these roads from Tibet are connecting to Nepal and all the neighboring countries, the railway lines will follow suit. So this is the experience. We have witnessed it for over 60 years.
Dr Sangay, is the demographic change of getting in ethnic Chinese into Lhasa, Tibet?
That has been their policy, late Panchen Lama Rinpoche had submitted a 70,000 characters petition in 1962, three years before the Cultural Revolution, in which he said population transfer of bringing Chinese people into Tibet, to marginalise Tibetans in their own country was the practice in the 1960s. Now, fortunately, at the moment in Tibet, in urban areas, the Chinese tend to be the majority during summer. But in winter, many of them return and go back to China. So during winter, Tibetans are still the majority in Tibet. This is not the case simply optimal if you look at the Southeast Asian countries. This is like 20 years old data in the neighboring countries of Southeast Asia. They have built 300 plus high schools to be taught in the Chinese language. Now there are more Chinese in Kathmandu than Tibetans in Nepal. So the population transfer and migration of Chinese all over the world, including in Tibet, is part of the cultural assimilation. And part of how 1.4 billion Han Chinese tend to migrate and dominate and marginalise the Tibetans and other minorities.
What is your understanding, the difficult developments that many people globally are reticent to comment upon what has been happening with Uighurs in Xinjiang?
You know when Tibet was occupied, we've been making this noise, the human rights violation of Tibet should be a concern of the international community. the whole world said Tibet is an exception, what's happened in Tibet is wrong, but we can do business with China, we can have a normal relationship with China. Now in the last few years when they saw more than a million Uyghurs were put in concentration camps. The security law and denial of, right to freedom of speech in Hong Kong and interference in Taiwan. You can clearly see Tibet is not an exception, you're dealing with the regime and a system, which is systematic and sophisticated in undermining freedom in the neighboring places. Now, all over the world.
You mentioned this has been our experience, and let me pick that up, you mentioned the other developments the other immediate development of course taking place in Hong Kong. How are you viewing that?
Now, again, what's happened to Hong Kong already happened in Tibet before. So the Chinese line of the slogan is this, Hong Kong is part of China, Tibet is part of China, Taiwan is part of China Ladakh is part of China, but coronavirus is not part of China. Now, in broad daylight, the Communist Party of China is capable of misleading people. We all know that coronavirus originated in China. And everybody says so and more than 130 countries have passed a resolution to investigate the origin of coronavirus, but the Chinese government broad daylight says, No, it's not us.
Let me ask you, then about Taiwan, because the situation there has been very difficult now, many people are saying that look with 100 year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party coming up next year. this is what they're doing it for?
Yes, I think Taiwan could be a flashpoint, Ladakh could be a flashpoint, in which China has been interfering in Taiwan. For so many decades, the democratic process, been compromised interference and election is part of the game plan. Now, Taiwan has performed so well. As far as dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. But then Taiwan was a member or affiliated with WHO till 2016. But given the recent performance on the coronavirus pandemic. They should be affiliated with WHO, but the Chinese government says no, they will not participate. So this is the bullying tactic or the strong hand tactical Chinese government all over the world, and we Tibetans have seen it, experience it for the last 60 years.
What do you make of the bill in the US Congress?
The one is by the congressman Scott Perry, supporting the independence of Tibet, and we welcome any support, on religious matter, environmental or human rights matter. But there is another bill. It's called the Tibetan policy and support Act, which was passed in the US House with 392 votes in support of the bill which is 95% of the house. Now the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is debating it and once they put in the vote that it will come to the floor of the Senate. If that passes, then President Trump signs it, it becomes a law that this is a major comprehensive detailed policy act for Tibet. On the other hand, the support for the independence of Tibet. It's a show of solidarity by a congressman and which has to move the US House of Foreign Relations Committee, we hope it will pass.
How frustrating is it, sir, when the world winds change, and certainly China's front and center? The voices of Tibet, certainly are heard again. And in the interim period are often ignored. How frustrating is it?
No, we are Buddhists, we don't go by frustration, we go with equanimity. This is our struggle. The term struggle is apt, it's a struggle on a daily basis, weekly basis, monthly basis. As long as you are at it with your movement with solidarity with Tibetan inside Tibet, our movement will be strong. So sometimes the international wave will come and support you, don't get too carried away, sometimes the international wave will not support you, you don't lose your heart. That's called equanimity in Buddhism. So that's our goal. As long as you believe in your cause, you fight, you will reach your goal, sooner than later.
Will any Tibetan, in your view sir ever accept the leadership of a Lama Lama, that China wants to choose?
Absolutely not. the Communist Party of China has zero credibility when it comes to religious matters. 98% of the monasteries and nunneries were destroyed, 99% of the monks and nuns were disrobed. Even now, they interfere in every religious matter. And they call themselves an atheists regime. If you don't believe in religion, why are they interfering in it, given the track record of destroying our monasteries and nunneries and vilifying and calling names of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is revered by the whole world? With such credibility, they have no role whatsoever in the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
What message would you send sir, to the people of Nepal, as you will know that the road-building activity to link Lhasa to Kathmandu, is reaching an advanced edge, railway lines might follow next?
I don't know how much people or the government of Nepal will listen to me. But it's for India to consider. Nepal is the only other Hindu country in the world. Now the government there is leaning more towards the Communist Party of China. Then Tibetans there are suffering. Basic human rights are denied under the influence of the Chinese government as I said here. We also would like to tell the people of Nepal, that we have suffered. We have the first-hand experience under the occupation of China, repression of Tibetans continue even today. So they came with sweet words, some kind of proposal to peacefully liberate Tibet. It was a violent occupation and Tibetans continue to suffer now learn from us. Nepal, India, and the rest of the world, the sooner the better for you.
Dharamshala, India — On the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) under the leadership of President Dr Sangay highly praised the Indian government for its achievements and progress in socio-economic development.
As Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the nation promising to build new India, the nation under his leadership came together to celebrate its 74th Independence day with renewed zeal and fervor.
The President of the Tibetan government in-Exile joined world leaders Saturday in congratulating India and her people while expressing hope that India’s ‘achhe din'(good days) will definitely take place. A brief commemoration ceremony was held at the Kashag Secretariat in the presence of President Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Kalons, Secretaries, and senior officials of the CTA departments, according to the Tibetan official media.
The atmosphere charged up with patriotic spirit as the tricolor national flag was unfurled by President Dr Sangay followed by the singing of India’s national anthem. “On this joyous occasion, I would like to congratulate India and the people of India for its achievements and progress in socio-economic development,” the Tibetan President said.
“India has been very kind and its people have been very generous to the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause for which we are eternally grateful”, Dr Sangay added. Addressing the recent border conflict at Galwan Valley, the democratically elected Tibetan leader Dr Sangay once again urged India to recognise Tibet as the buffer zone of peace between India and China for a lasting solution to border conflicts.
Dharamshala, India — Leading Tibetan NGOs said the Tibetan community stood by India and condemned China’s aggression on the Indian territory. At least 20 soldiers, including a Commanding Officer, lost their lives in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh, on Monday. This is one of the deadliest Chinese attacks on the Indian Army in 45 years.
The five prominent Tibetan groups including Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), Gu-Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet and the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), said they stand in solidarity with India and strongly condemn China over recent India-Tibet border clash.
The Tibetan groups jointly held a joint press conference on Thursday to condemn China for the recent attack at the Indo-Tibet border.
“As we pay tribute to the courage of the Indian soldiers and offer our condolences to the bereaved families, we call on world leaders and their government to stand with India against this illegal aggression by Chinese troops on Indian soil and work together to counter China’s expansionism” read the joint statement.
“We pay tribute to the martyrs and offer our condolences to the bereaved families. We call upon world leaders and governments to support India against the aggression by Chinese troops and work together to counter China’s expansionism,” the NGOs said.
Over 1.2 million Tibetans had died as a result of China’s occupation of Tibet. However, they had never wavered in their struggle against the occupation of their homeland, they said, adding: It was high time India recognised Tibet as an independent country occupied by China.
Dharamshala, India — Tibetans and Indians in Dharamshala, India on Thursday staged protests against China's occupation of Tibet and burned Chinese flags, as a strong response to the action of China's red troops.
The totalitarian communist regime in China invaded Tibet in 1949. India accepted Chinese control over Tibet. Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed on Indo-Tibet border last night killing three Indian soldiers and injuring others. Chinese state-run media Global times has accepted casualties on the Chinese side too.
"Since then China has repeatedly led military incursions on India and India silently suffered China's bullying," Tenzin Tsundue, a poet, writer, and Tibetan activist said, adding: "But, today's India is strong and gives it back in equal measures. It may NOT flare up into a war, but the cost of lives and limbs, and the land is real."
Five best responses India can give
1. #BoycottChina #BoycottMadeInChina #MakeInIndia
2. Recognise Dharamshala based Tibetan Government in Exile. Recognize His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the leader of Tibet, award him Bharat Ratna
3. Support Hong Kong people's movement for freedom
4. Support Uyghur East Turkestan's independence. Invite Rabeer Khadeer to India.
5. Support Taiwan's independence. Turn Taiwan's cultural and economic office in India into Taiwan's embassy
The Tibetan activist has urged vigilance, saying "Every Indian must start saying #TibetBorder and stop saying China border."
Dharamshala, India — The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) observed a prayer service to mourn the death of Shurmo, a young and promising Tibetan who passed away five years ago due to self-immolation. He along with many Tibetans were protesting against China’s repressive policies in their home, Tibet. The news of self-immolation was heavily censored and remained a secret for the past five years until last week when it was smuggled out of Tibet into the free world.
New York, USA – “China had an appalling year for human rights in 2020,” said Human Rights Watch (HRW). Chinese Government’s ‘authoritarianism’ came into limelight during the year 2020, especially after the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. On 13 th January 2021.
Geneva, Switzerland — “China is a threat for the entire humanity to live in peace,” said Ms Liz, a supporter of Tibet, at the Tibet Solidarity Movement while outlining the damages China was doing to humans and to the entire world. The Tibet Solidarity Movement led by five Tibetan families marked the 108th time to demonstrate In front of the UN Building in Geneva on January 13, 2021.
Dharamshala, India — The last surviving personal bodyguard of His Holiness the Dalai Lama passed away at the age of 83. He died peacefully surrounded by his family members in Minnesota, United States on December 27, 2020.
London — Tibet Campaigners hail “long-awaited victory for press freedoms” as Wall Street Journal and Australia media ditch their partnerships with Chinese State-run media.
Dharamshala, India — ”We will continue the fight for the release of the 11th Panchen Lama and other Tibetan political prisoners confined by Communist regime of China”, says Tsering Tsomo, director of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) at a press conference for the release of the Tibetan translated reports of the missing 11th Panchen Lama. The report is being released on the eve of Human Rights Day in Norbu House, Dharamshala on December 9, 2020. Affirming the spirit of TCRD to continue its fight for truth and face the Communist China until Panchen Lama and other Tibetan political prisoners are freed.
Dharamshala, India— An exhibition titled "Inside and Outside" opens in Taiwan and brings the art about different forms of Human Rights issues from December 5 to December 26, 2020. Through the discussions of borders to connect and materialise a reconciliation with broken self in the modern society by the artists part of the exhibition.
Dharamshala, India — An impressive conversation with Ngawang Jorgyal, a teacher at Gaden Monastery. He teaches mathematics and Science to different categories of students. He shares with Tibet Post International(TPI) his passion for teaching and his journey in becoming a teacher. He also touches important themes like roles of teachers and parents in a child’s life. The importance of students' current education for the Tibet cause.
Dharamshala, India — When outlining his main commitments, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said he feels a strong need to speak up for the protection of ecology of Tibet, not just for the benefit of the people of Tibet, but also on behalf of all those across Asia who depend on rivers that rise in Tibet for their water.
A Tibetan girl who lost her parents and brother while fleeing during the 1959 uprising, but later returned to establish the first private orphanage in Tibet has died in Switzerland from COVID-19. Over a period of 25 years, the mother of two birth sons provided care and protection for 300 youngsters in orphanages and centres for the children of nomadic herders.
Dharamshala, India — While commemorating the occasion of the 50th World Earth Day, His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet issued a message of compassion but also a call for a genuine sense of universal responsibility as one humanity.
Dharamshala, India — Men-Tsee-Khang, an organisation established to preserve the traditional arts of Tibetan medicine and astrology has signed an agreement with Manipur International University (MIU) that will provide the medical institute a land of 2,500 acres to establish a Center, in imphal collaborative to preserve, protect, promote and propagate Sowa-Rigpa.
Dharamshala, India—Cinema is arguably the most powerful medium to tell stories, especially in a society that faces social, cultural and political obstacles. Films are a great way to communicate the reality of the Tibetan way of life, something the world knows so little about. Due to censorship, there is a wide gap of knowledge of Tibet’s rich history and culture in other parts of the world but films have begun to change that.
Minnesota, USA — A significant interview with Jampa T Ritzekura, who was suffering from mental health problems and overcame with the help of Mingyur Rinpoche’s breathing meditation and teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “If I can overcome my mental illness so can you. So never lose Hope and don’t give up whatever struggles you are going through in your own life”, said Jampa.
Dharamshala, India — An exclusive interview with three students from prestigious and esteemed universities of India. They shared their perceptions and insights towards Tibet and touched upon important themes like Indo - Tibet Border, importance of Tibet for India's security, the Panchsheel treaty, and Tibet Issue with Tibet Post International (TPI).
An exclusive interview with Topden, a young Tibetan teacher at Upper Tibetan Children's Village School (TCV). He shares with Tibet Post International(TPI) how it feels to be a teacher being a student his whole life. He also talks about the importance of one’s mother tongue. His hopes for his students as a teacher.
An exclusive interview with Sonam Tsering, general secretary of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC). He shares his experiences of escaping towards India as a young child. His hopes of returning and longing for home in Tibet. He portrays his ideas and feelings of home, life in exile, the struggling Tibet cause and many more themes through numerous poems and writings on his blog 'silent songs of sonsnow'. He also talks about what it feels like to live in a free country as an unfree man.
Dharamshala, India — A significant interview with Tenzin Dhondup, a Tibetan youth who is on a solo peace march for Tibet from Dharamshala to Nathula, Sikkim covering over 2,100 kilometres in a span of 90 days. He shares with Tibet Post International (TPI), his subsequent three demands of the freedom march. He strongly voices that India shares its border with Tibet historically not China.
Taipei — U.S. Ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster has strongly praised His Holiness the Dalai Lama over his tireless efforts to seek freedom for Tibetans, preserve the Tibetan culture, and bring an end to strife and hostility around the world.
Dharamshala, India '— My main concern is to see a happy world but in order to be happy, we need ‘ahimsa’ and ‘karuna’, non-violence, and compassion. Compassion brings us inner peace, inner strength, and to be truly non-violent we need to be compassionate,' said His Holiness the Dalai Lama while speaking on Secular Ethics in Modern Education to members of Mind Mingle by video link from his residence in Dharamsala, India on August 25, 2020.
Dharamshala — Emphasising the crucial role in seriously making our world more peaceful and harmonious, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, all sentient beings want to lead a happy life and a happy life means a peaceful life. Because we as social animals depend on the community in which we live and we depend on the care and affection of others to survive from the moment we’re born. This is nothing to do with religious practice, it’s simply natural behaviour.
Dharamshala, India — World Humanitarian Drive and APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation hosted a Global webinar session “Liveable Planet Earth – Working Together for a Peaceful World” on October 15, 2020.