November 19, 2010
   Posted in News Flash
By Staff Writer

Karan Thapar of CNN-IBN interviews His Holiness the Dalai
Lama
[Friday, 19 November 2010,
1:22 p.m.]


 
Video grab of Karan
Thapar interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama/File photo

New Delhi: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
was interviewed this morning by journalist Karan Thapar on his popular
Devil’s Advocate programme on CNN-IBN news channel. The interview will
be aired at 8 pm (IST) on 21 November.Asked about the official
attempts to marginalise Tibetan language in favour of Chinese in Tibetan
area of Qinghai province, His Holiness said around 1986, the previous
10th Panchen Lama, the late Ngabo Ngawang Jigme and other officials of
the Tibet Autonomous Region after some meetings decided to make Tibetan
the official language in Tibet. This decision led to some very
encouraging developments in reviving some classical Tibetan texts but
that ended after Chen Kuiyuan, a well-known hardliner became the party
chief of TAR. Chen called Tibetan Buddhism a threat. Some Tibetans who
worked for the Tibet University in Lhasa recently met Holiness and told
him how after Chen’s arrival, translations were done mainly from Chinese
texts and not Tibetan. His Holiness said some Tibetans he met told him
some kind of “semi-cultural revolution” is taking place in Tibet and
Tibetan language might well get wiped out soon.Thapar then
mentioned the recent October-end regulations announced in Tibet to
tighten official hold on Tibetan monasteries. The regulations which
became operational 1 November 010 forbid, among others, Tibetan
Buddhist monasteries and monks to keep contact with outsiders. His
Holiness said he has heard that many monasteries in Tibet are becoming
more like museums and monks just caretakers. For the last 20 years, His
Holiness said he has been hearing that intentionally or unintentionally,
some kind of cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet. “But we need
more research work to confirm this,” he said.Thapar asked what
Tibetans were doing to fight the threats posed to their language and
culture to which His Holiness replied, “by asking for genuine autonomy
in People’s Republic of China.”The interview focussed heavily on
His Holiness’ thoughts on the reincarnation process of the Dalai Lama
institution and the possible successor to the current Dalai Lama.

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