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Restrictions on our language triggered Tibet protests: Dalai Lama

November 9, 2010

Sify News
November 8, 2010

Dharamsala, Nov 6 (IANS) -- China has imposed
Mandarin as a medium of instruction in schools in
Tibet, triggering demonstrations there, Tibetan
spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Saturday.

'Tibetan language is a very rich language, which
can go along with the ancient Sanskrit language.
Chinese authority has imposed Chinese language as
a medium of instruction in Tibetan schools which
caused demonstrations,' the Nobel laureate told
reporters in Japan, according to a post on the
website of the Central Tibetan Administration.

'Politically, we are not seeking separation.
Tibetan language, Buddhist philosophy, science
and religion is very rich. We love our language
and we are proud of our language,' he added.

The Dalai Lama reached Japan Saturday on a nine-day tour.

He also said that he always appreciated the
contributions made by jailed Chinese dissident
and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo in trying to bring
openness, democracy and accountability in China.

'This is good for China in the long run. China
has become strong, but to make a significant
contribution in this world, it should gain the
trust of its people and people around the world.
Censorship is immoral, 1.3 billion Chinese people have the right to know.'

On being asked whether the institution of the
Dalai Lama was needed anymore, he said the
Tibetans-in-exile had already adopted democracy by forming a government.

'The four-century old tradition of the Dalai
Lama, holding temporal and spiritual power, has
come to an end in 2001, when the
Tibetans-in-exile adopted democracy and elected
their own political leader, Kalon Tripa (prime
minister). Whether the Dalai Lama is needed or
not will be decided by the Tibetan people. But at
this age, I think I have a right to retire,' he
said in his typical jovial style.

The Dalai Lama, 75, has been following a
'middle-path' policy, seeking greater autonomy
for Tibetans, rather than complete independence.

However, this has failed to pacify the Chinese
leadership, who view him as a threat to their
nation's unity, and routinely expresses its
displeasure over his meetings with foreign leaders.

The Dalai Lama and his supporters fled Tibet, and
took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in
and took control of Lhasa in 1959.
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