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Tibetan administration plans moral offensive to counter Chinese infiltration

File photo of Chinese paramilitary police on the streets of Aba in China's Sichuan province. Two more Tibetans have set themselves on fire in a restive southwestern region of China, a rights group said, the latest in a wave of such protests against Beijing's rule
File photo of Chinese paramilitary police on the streets of Aba in China's Sichuan province. Two more Tibetans have set themselves on fire in a restive southwestern region of China, a rights group said, the latest in a wave of such protests against Beijing's rule

S Gopal Puri, DHARAMSHALA (TNN): The Tibetan administration, the supreme body of Tibetans living in exile across the globe, fearing Chinese infiltration among the Tibetan community, has incorporated a preventive strategy to protect Tibetan youth from being culturally polluted.

Accordingly, it plans to deploy special teachers, probably monks, in Tibetan offices and colleges, who will work to integrate human values among Tibetan youths. Initially, this practice is to be adopted all over India, starting from McLeodganj.

The Tibetan government in exile has maintained that alleged infiltration by Chinese is reportedly being done to tarnish the image of Tibetans in host countries by dragging the youth towards drugs and sex abuse.

Disclosing this to TOI, officiating Prime Minister, Pema Chinjor, apprehended that there might be Chinese infiltration among the vast Tibetan community, aimed at bringing disrepute to the religious image of the Tibetan community in India.

“Tibetans are generally law abiding citizens and we are always grateful to our host country. But among the Tibetan population, there might be one percent who can damage the image of Tibetans as a whole. Therefore we are planning to start a practice by deploying special teachers, who will impart moral education and promote principles of Buddhism.” he said.

The minister said that in the first phase, they will implement this in all Tibetan colleges and offices throughout India. It will begin from May 1, 2012 in Central Tibetan Administration.

“Earlier also, we used to have such arrangements, but now we will be doing it in a focused manner. In Tibetan administration here, we have most of the youths in the 35-40 age group. The teaching classes are specially focused on them,” said the minister.

When asked about the increasing self-immolations and why the Tibetan administration is sitting silent and shirking the moral duty to incorporate steps to stop these, he said they have no access to Tibet. Self-immolations are the result of brutal suppression by Chinese authorities, he added.

“How can we interfere in Tibet. We are not encouraging these. Majority of those who have died might not even have seen Dalai Lama. They have succumbed to frustration over illegal occupation of Tibet,” replied Pema Chinjor.

 

Published Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 | 04:28 AM

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