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Second Tibetan Demographic Survey!

April 28, 2009

Renaissance for Tibet
April 23, 2009

My first feelings when I saw the announcement for
the second demographic survey was of relief and
excitement. Over the years, I had been constantly
talking about and nagging around people for the
need of such an extensive survey. I tried in many
of my write ups, to emphasise on the need for an
extensive data on various social variables.

First there was an education survey initiated a
couple of months back on the advise of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. Which I was very happy
to hear about but also very critical to those who
didn't think of doing it until His Holiness told
them to do so. You can read about it here "Give
His Holiness a break, for god's sake".

Anyhow, when I saw the forms for this demographic
survey, to be honest, I was quite content. It is
perhaps the most extensive survey done in Tibetan
exile society. Variables like education,
literacy, gender etc. etc. all are given well
thought in it. I heard the Indian government
helped the Tibetan government to plan such a huge
survey. The first demographic survey done in
exile around 98 or 99 wasn't that extensive.

What disturbed me was the manner in which this
important survey was executed. I saw school
children knocking at various people's door and
getting the forms filled, especially in
Dharamsala. The word was also around that there
were many mistakes and repetitions in many of the
forms filled in dharamsala. It is sad to know
that why there was not much investment done on it
to be able to hire professionals to do the job,
or at least college graduates? Why was it all rushed up?

I just hope the results of this survey are
accurate to a good extent and help our Tibetan
government in exile in formulating their various plans.

Though I have doubts about how efficiently and
effectively the data of this survey's result will
be used in a professional manner when it comes to
planning all kinds of social and exile strategies.

My finger's are crossed. And I hope the concerned
people really don't screw it up and use the
results of this survey in drafting there plans
and not just keep it in a pile of files.
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