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Lhasang-la: Man on a mission

August 25, 2008

Times of India
August 24, 2008

"Can I slip in some propaganda?" says Lhasang Tsering, breaking into
a half-smile as he puts a couple of bookmarks - packed with
information about Tibet - into the books you buy from his shop in
McLeodganj. Always ready for an engaging chat, Lhasang-la is like an
encyclopaedia on the literature and history of Tibet. For every
scholar, writer, journalist, backpacker and tourist passing through
the Himalayan town, his shop, Bookworm, is a must-stop for an
eclectic range of books, glasses of warm tea and passionate dialogue.
Even skeptics come out convinced that Tibet always was and should be
independent.

Fiercely independent and often critical of the approach of the
Tibetan government-in-exile, Lhasang-la often travels abroad, giving
well-articulated lectures on the need for Tibetan independence.
Through his well-argued speeches, Lhasang-la must have influenced
thousands of people around the world. "It's a political problem of
real people who are undergoing real suffering under the Chinese
occupation," says Lhasang-la. "But, we are running out of time," he
adds with a touch of sadness. But, that doesn't stop him from talking
about the issue that is closest to his heart. And there are always
people - Tibetans, Indians and foreigners -- who flock to him for
some real news and views on Tibet.
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