Tibet’s Culture, Pressing Political and Environment Issues Highlighted in Chandigarh


February 9, 2011 4:53 pm

Tibet’s Culture, Pressing Political and Environment Issues Highlighted in Chandigarh  [Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 4:53 p.m.]


CHANDIGARH:
A day-long festival of Tibet was organised in Chandigarh today to
showcase Tibet’s unique cultural heritage and raise awareness about
crucial political and environmental issues inside Tibet. The event was
jointly organised by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan
Freedom Movement.  Mrs Gyari Dolma, the deputy speaker of the
Tibetan-Parliament-in- Exile and Mr Arvind Thakur, chairperson of
Global Human Rights Council, were the chief guest and guest of honour
respectively.   In his introductory address, RTYC president
Khenrap said the festival aims to create awareness and educate Indians
and our co-students about Tibet and its unique cultural heritage such
as history, food, music, herbal medicine, dance, art and the state of
environment inside Tibet.  Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari
emphasised the need for a focused goal while organising such festivals
to make people aware about the true story of Tibet, including the
history of Tibet and China as two distinct countries and China’s
occupation of Tibet. “In this crucial period, every Tibetan should
shoulder the responsibility and we must disseminate information about
the human rights violations and destruction of environment inside
Tibet,” she said.   Expressing his long-term support to the
issue of Tibet, Mr Arvind Thakur encouraged the Tibetans to be more
determined and steadfast in their struggle to resolve the issue of
Tibet. He also advised that Tibetans must know their rights in India.  The event also facilitated talks on Tibet’s environment and history.  Dhondup
Dolma Bhartso, an environmental researcher at the Environment and
Development Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration, gave a
presentation on Tibet’s environment and development issues. She spoke
about the significance of the Tibetan Plateau not only to Asia or its
immediate neighbours, but also to the whole world in terms of impacts
of activities being undertaken by the Chinese government in Tibet. She
also spoke about climate change and water issues, grassland
degradations, nomads and exploitation of mineral resources inside
Tibet.  Tenzin Chokey Ginguld, the General Secretary of the
Central Tibetan Youth Congress gave a presentation on Tibet’s History
titled “Independent Tibet: The Fact”.  A yak dance made the crowd cheerful.   The
festival showcased an extensive photo exhibition on Tibet’s history,
environment, Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan medicine. Gu
Chu Sum Movement’s collection of photos was also exhibited.  Some of
Tibet’s classical musical instruments were placed on display.  Food
stalls with different varieties of Tibetan cuisines were also made
available.  In the afternoon, a documentary titled ‘The Sun
Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom’ , was screened. There
was also cultural performance by Tibetan students.
Around
500 people, including Indian and Tibetan college students studying in
Chandigarh and Tibetan sweater sellers from Mohali, participated in the
festival held in the auditorium of Panjab university’s Department of
English
.The organisers
felt the need to promote awareness about Tibet in Chandigarh as it
being one of the most important cities in northern India.