Tibetans Mourn Passing Away of Prof. Dawa Norbu
Saturday, 3 June 2006, 12:00 PM
Dharamshala: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies (ATPD) expressed deep sadness on the demise of Prof. Dawa Norbu, one of the leading Tibetan intellectuals of Tibetan Diaspora.
His demise is a great loss for the Tibetan people because of the fact that he has been a source of great inspiration for countless of exiled Tibetan students.
In a condolence message to his wife, the ATPD expressed “the passing away of Prof. Dawa Norbu is great loss for the Tibetan community” and offered prayers for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Prof. Dawa Norbu, an expert on Central Asian Politics and the leading voice on Tibetan affairs, was born in Tibet and educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He did his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. At the same time he taught at the University of San Francisco State University. He worked as an editor of the Tibetan Review, a monthly journal, from 1972 to 1976 and later worked as a professor of Central Asian studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
He was a legend in his own lifetime. He created so much awareness about Tibet and the Tibetan people through his acclaimed books like Red Star Over Tibet, Tibet: The Road Ahead, and China’s Tibet Policy.
He has published several scholarly papers in such international journals as Asian Survey, China Quarterly, International Studies and Pacific Affairs. His latest book China’s Tibet Policy was published in 2001 and it is a major work of longstanding value.
He received the Tibetan Youth Congress Literary Award in 1998.
Prof. Dawa Norbu who died at the age of 58 is survived by his wife and two children. Prof.Dawa Norbu passed away on 28 May 2006.
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