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Potala renovation as a propaganda project

September 2, 2009

Tibetan Review
September 1, 2009

The Potala Palace, the winter residence of the
Dalai Lamas, does not have a single portrait of
the present reincarnation even though he had
lived there from his formal enthroning in Nov
1950 to 1959, noted an IANS report Aug 30. It
said, “there is not a single photograph of the
exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama,
in the palace-turned-museum where he spent his
teenage, was educated, held religious ceremonies
and met government officials and envoys.”

China recently completed a major renovation of
the palace and part of it apparently involved
removing all traces of the name and description
of the current Dalai Lama, whom it condemns, for
its own reasons, as a dangerous separatist. The
report notes that while the vice-premier from the
central People's Government of China, who had an
audience with the Dalai Lama in 1956 in Potala
Palace, has his name preserved for posterity
through an exhibit label, Tenzin Gyatso (the
current Dalai Lama) has been reduced to a faceless entity.

The "renovation" is also seen as having been
designed to depict everything about the palace as
showing Tibet to be part of China since ancient times.
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