Dharamshala: The Tibet Policy Institute, the premier research institute of CTA organised a roundtable discussion on the theme of “Foregrounding Tibet” based on its English-language journal published in December. The journal is a compilation of articles from research fellows on a variety of topics centred on the Tibetan issue from international current affairs to the Indo-China conflict and its relevance to the Tibet cause.
Information Secretary Ms Chime Tseyang, TPI Director Mr Tenzin Lekshay presided over the discussion, attended by the head of Human Rights desk, China desk, concerned staff from the Department of Security, representatives from Sarah College of Higher Tibetan Studies and various Tibetan NGOs in adherence to the local COVID-19 guidelines.
TPI Director Tenzin Lekshay explained the objective of the programme which is to foreground the Tibetan issue and bring together the authors of the 9 articles from the journal to elucidate on their writings and promote further discussions among the research fellows.
He added that due to the pandemic restrictions, the invitation had to be limited to relevant departments, organisations and research institutes. “Foregrounding Tibet” seeks to highlight the Tibetan issue as much as possible, and offers a platform to Tibetan scholars to pool their resources, and promote discourse on Tibet and international perception.
He urged Tibetan research scholars everywhere to send their writings on the Tibet issue in the relevant areas of religion and culture, language, tradition and history for publication by TPI. In addition, he stressed the quality of writing, sharing that TPI was engaged in efforts to distribute the journals at schools and libraries in colleges, research centres based in India and abroad.
Annually, TPI publishes 2 journals, one each in English and Tibetan. Writers are responsible for the contents published without external influence from TPI head. In conclusion, Director Tenzin Lekshay said Tibetan scholars writing from the cultural insider’s perspective help push forward the Tibetan movement and honours the distinct culture to be passed down to the future generations therefore Tibetan youth are urged to produce writings on the Tibetan issue.