DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay, today launched a book ‘Hidden Tibet: History of Independence and Occupation’ by Dr S.L. Kuzmin, at a press conference organised by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.
Speaking at the book launch, Kalon Tripa said the book is neither pro-Tibet nor anti-China.
“It is an unbiased book which depicts a complete evidence based history of Tibet’s relation with the different dynasties that ruled China,” he said.
He also welcomed the efforts made by Dr Kuzmin as well as many other western intellectuals to create more awareness about Tibet through books, adding, it helps disseminate more information on the current situation inside Tibet.
Dr S.L.Kuzmin, the author of the book, said the idea for the book began with his goal to analyse the history of Tibet from the point of view of ‘what was Tibet?’
“You find contradicting views in different sources, especially between the official Chinese academic books and the Tibetan documents. So I compared and analysed these documents including some independent views from various intellectuals to conclude what was Tibet,” he said.
“Tibet is an occupied country which used to be an independent nation before. The only relationship that Tibet used to have with the Yuan and Qing dynasties were Priest-Patron relation,” Dr Kuzmin added.
The book was earlier published in both Russian and Mongolian at the Library of Tibetan works and Archives.
The book launch was attended by various members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile as well as by the heads of different governmental and non-governmental organisations.