NEW DELHI: Tibet Forum in collaboration with Friends of Tibet, Delhi organized a half day seminar on Tibet; Present And Future at Jawaharlal Nehru University on 21st March, 2012. The seminar was attended by environmental researchers and Tibet experts.The first session; Tibet; The Present commenced with Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal of JNU as the chairperson.
Dr Chen Mumin, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, the first speaker of the session, talked on the topic “Reconsidering the Idea of Chinese Nation” and shared his experiences from his field trip to Sichuan and Ngaba region.
Dr Chen’s conclusion was followed by “Chinese States in Tibet and Self-immolations” by Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli, chairperson of East Asian Studies, JNU.
He said, “The Ethnic minorities in China are connected to various neighboring states and therefore Chinese policies become more sensitive and troubled.” Prof. Kondapalli concluded his talk with some of his basic observations of current Sino-Tibet scenario;
– Depletion of Chinese soft power
– Intensification and diversification of Tibetan Movement
– Intensification of deployment of Chinese military machinery
– Growth of concern about Tibet resources and environment.
The second session, Tibet: The Future began with Dr. Abanti Bhattacharya, (Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University) speaking about “The Future of Tibetan Movement.” She also talked about issues regarding the succession of Dalai Lama and Tibetan identity.
Mr. Tenzin Norbu, a researcher from the Environment Desk,Central Tibetan Administration was the last speaker of the seminar. He spoke on the topic “Future of Tibet-The Third Pole.”
His talked about the vast natural resources and minerals found in Tibetan plateau. One of them being the glaciers, which is the largest reservoir of fresh water (more than 46,000 glaciers found in Tibetan plateau.)
He also talked about the Tibetan pastoral nomad who were branded as “the ecological migrants” and were “resettled” in block-houses under the Chinese government’s new policy. But contradicting the Chinese government’s claim of conserving the grasslands and meadows, more than 3000 mining sites were set-up especially over the areas from where the pastoral nomads have been displaced and the claim to equal opportunity is again contradicted by the fact that only 700 people out of the 25,000 people working under the Qinghai Railway Project were Tibetans. He also embarked on the water issue in relation to water resources and the various Dam Projects undertaken by the Chinese Government.
(The Tibet Forum is a small network consisting of Tibetan students from various centres at various ranges from PhD to undergraduates in different foreign languages at Jawaharlal Nehru University.)