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Cultural genocide taking place in Tibet, says Dalai Lama

November 22, 2010

2010-11-19

Dharamsala, Nov 19 (IANS) For the past 20 years, intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Friday.

'I have heard that many monasteries in Tibet are becoming more like museums and monks just caretakers. For the last 20 years, I have been hearing that intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet,' the Dalai Lama told journalist Karan Thapar in an interview, according to a post on the website of the Central Tibetan Administration.

But the Nobel laureate said: 'We need more research work to confirm this.'

On promotion of Mandarin as a medium of instruction in schools in Tibet, the Dalai Lama said some Tibetans told him that some kind of 'semi-cultural revolution' is taking place in Tibet and Tibetan language might well get wiped out soon.

On being asked what Tibetans were doing to fight the threats posed to their language and culture, he said: 'By asking for genuine autonomy in People's Republic of China.'
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