Tibetan PM- in-exile foresees bright future for Indian students

Dharamsala, Jan.2: At the leadership workshop organised in Dharamsala to train future leaders from across the country, Tibetan Prime Minister- in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, predicted a bright future for Indian students.

More than 500 students of class 10 from different schools across India and from Nepal congregated to participate in the workshop.

Sangay said on Wednesday (January 01) that the workshop aimed to boost the confidence of young, future leaders.

“This is the leadership training where we are preparing our future leaders to become better leader, become a better prepared leader.

“Very impressive. The questions that they asked were very impressive, very insightful,very provocative and you can clearly see they are very well informed and they know the issue very well and they were asking the questions with confidence and this is what we want to see among our youth,” said Sangay.

The leadership workshop for Tibetan students was organised by the education department of the Central Tibetan administration.

A student, Tenzin Chodak, expressed his happiness at the event.

“It’s my first time to meet our Sekyong (Political leader) and I am very glad to be here,” he said.

Violence has flared in Tibet since 1950, when Beijing claims it “peacefully liberated” the region. Many Tibetans say Chinese rule has eroded their culture and religion. They are agitating for the Dalai Lama’s return from exile in India, and genuine autonomy for their homeland. The Chinese government denies trampling Tibetan rights and boasts of having brought development and prosperity to the region.

As shocking as the first suicides were, the people who chose to burn themselves did so, Tibetan scholars say, in reaction to specific instances of abuse at particular monasteries. Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are often under surveillance and subject to raids by Chinese security forces.

Beijing considers the Dalai Lama, who fled China in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, a violent separatist. The Dalai Lama, who is based in India, says he is merely seeking greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.

Since 2009, at least 121 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in China in protest against Beijing’s policies in Tibet and nearby regions with large Tibetan populations. Most were calling for the return of the Dalai Lama.

Tensions have mounted between Tibet and China since 2008, after riots that broke out in the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Tibetan parts of China, which led to a government crackdown. (ANI)