‘Tibetans Urged To Preserve Culture’
by DH News Service
(Deccan Herald | October 7, 2003)
Western Range IGP Dharmapal Negi
Tibetans were urged to preserve and foster their culture and customs
wherever they are living, by Western Range IGP Dharmapal Negi
today. Speaking as chief guest at "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion"
programme jointly organised by the Tibetan Students Association,
Mangalore and Friends of Tibet, Mr Negi asked the Tibetans not
to distant themselves from their culture, folklore and traditions
although they were physically away from their homeland.
Presently none of the students studying here were born in Tibet.
But they could feel and see their motherland through their cultural
programme and costumes. It was a meaningful exercise, he observed.
He pointed out that the elderly among those who came to India as
refugees were ageing and their enthusiasm too was waning as they
would be entertaining doubts over the possibility of seeing their
motherland in their lifetime. It was for the younger generation
to keep the flame of optimism bright and cultivate a spirit of
struggle for seeing their motherland a free nation, Mr Negi told
the gathering of Tibetans.
"This is an age of professionalism. Nursing or law or any
other field; what you need is professionalism, efficiency and
skill. Cultivate them and that will protect you," the IGP advised
the Tibetan youth.
Speaking on the behalf of Friends of Tibet on the occasion, Sethu
Das said in the hearts of about over one lakh Tibetan refugees
living in India there is an intense longing for their motherland
Tibet. Everyone in this country should respond to this longing of
the Tibetan refugees, he said. They also need love and affection
from the people of this nation and he called upon Indians to have
love and regard for the unique Tibetan culture. Mr Das also revealed
that as far over 10 lakh Tibetan patriots have lost their lives
in their struggle to free Tibet from an alien rule. The struggle
would intensify in the days to come he predicted.
Mr Negi also inaugurated an exhibition on the occasion depicting the
atrocities perpetrated by the Chinese on Tibetans and the details
of the Tibetan freedom struggle.
Association president Namgyal Pema welcomed the gathering. Tenzin
Tsundue of Friends of Tibet (INDIA) gave the introductory
remarks. Cultural programmes including the 'Snow Lion Dance'