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Understanding Tibet more deeply

March 2, 2008

Gorkhapatra, Nepal
Mar 1, 2008

Tiibetma Das Din (Ten Days in Tibet); Written by:Ganga Prqasad Upreti;
Published by: China Study Centre, Kathmandu: No. of Pages: 142; Price:
Rs. 160 (paperback),Rs. 600 (hard cover). ISBN: 078-99933-846-5-6

NEPAL and China enjoy age-old relationship both at official and
people's level. The relationship between Nepal and Tibet is even older
than that. It is so because Tibet is the window for the contact
between Kathmandu and Beijing. This relationship was further cemented
due to exchanges of visits and contacts between the governments and
peoples of both the countries.

The marriage between the Nepali Princesss Brikhuti with the Tibetan
king was a milestone in the friendly relationship between Nepal and
Tibet. The exchanges of visits by politicians, experts, traders and
common peoples have always been fruitful in promoting bilateral
relationship between Nepal and China.

Many Chinese visited Nepal at different intervals, which have been
meaningful and important from political, diplomatic, cultural and
commercial point of view. Huen Sang's visit and his description about
Nepal and its many aspects have helped historians to understand many
historical facts about Nepal.

Bhrikuti, who married to a Tibetan king, is behind the spread of
Buddhism in China. Nepali artiste Araniko popularized Nepali pagoda
art in China. In the modern era as well, the relationship between the
two countries are marked with goodwill and friendliness.

The exchanges of visit have been organised to boost the friendly
relations and understand various aspects of both the countries. The
write ups and publications that the Nepali visitors have produced on
China and Tibet have helped others as well to understand how Tibet has
changed and how its unique religion and culture are well preserved and
developed. One of such publications is Ganga Prasad Upreti's book �
Tibet Ma Das Din" ( Ten days in Tibet).

Upreti in the book has dealt more vividly with these aspects of Tibet.
The author says that Tibet has been a mystery and attraction for many
people in the world. It is more when the Tibet entered into a modern
era especially after 1950 as the central government limited the visits
and travel for foreigners. But it is not the case for Nepalese as many
Nepalese have been visiting China and Tibet on various capacities at
different point of time even during the period when travel to Tibet
was restricted for others. Now things have changed.

The central government has opened up Tibet for foreigners. Although
the book, under review, is a travelogue, it looks more like a
researchoriented book with so many historical and other facts with
objective analysis and writer's own vision.

Tibet has been a center for Buddhism for all over the world because of
its originality and uniqueness, which the book has very vividly and
minutely described in the book. Thus, the book is very important for
researchers and tourists from across the world who want to know about
Tibet in details. The book, published by the China Study Center, has
shown how Tibet has changed especially after 1950 when the central
government launched a special scheme and programmes for the
development of Tibet.

In the journey from poverty to prosperity, Tibet has made tremendous
progress in the modern development. Until 1950, Tibet is a poor and
impoverished region in the world. Now it is progressing very fast and
Tibet now enjoys most of the modern facilities that other regions of
China are enjoying.

The changes in Tibet and its progress have been visible. This
development is a fitting reply to some biased westerners who claim
that Tibet's development, culture and identity have been destroyed.

Tibet has shown the world that journey to development and
modernization is possible, if the government and the people have will
to do. This is the message the book has tried to give tot he readers.
Thus, the book is worth reading.
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