Dharamsala: Social activists and intellectuals assailed the China`s attitude to eliminate the Tibetan cultural heritage.
They were participating in a function to mark the release of a book titled ‘Imposing Modernity with Chinese Characteristics: The Fate of Tibetan Civilisation’ on the cultural genocide committed by China on Saturday.
The book was released at the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).
This publication is a concise report on the alleged cultural genocide that China is committing in Tibet with the Tibetan language, customs and other cultural aspects.
Anant Kumar Asthana, a representative of the Human Rights Law and a co-author of the book, stated that this book makes a clear attempt to look into China’s role in the eradication of the original Tibetan culture in Tibet.
“This book is making an attempt to examine the charges of committing cultural genocide in Tibet on People’s Republic of China. So this book is a kind of fresh attempt to look into the latest realities and to see whether whatever is happening in Tibet amounts to cultural genocide or not. So this book is an inquiry into that,” said Asthana.
Ugyen Tenzin, Director of TCHRD stated that the book exposes China’s misdeeds with the culture of Tibet.
“The cultural genocide taking place in Tibet is the Chinese government’s systematic policy of eliminating the Tibetan culture, identity and language. That kind of a thing is taking place inside Tibet. So we have brought out in this report that how Tibetan identity and culture are being eliminated inside Tibet. The Chinese are claiming that lots of development is taking place inside Tibet. But are the developments benefiting all the Tibetans?” he said.
The researchers of the book have interviewed newly arrived refugees from Tibet explaining why there is such a massive retaliation and opposition towards the developments and why it failed to persuade Tibetans to remain within China.
An estimated 80,000 Tibetans, along with their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, arrived in India in 1959 after an unsuccessful uprising against the Chinese rule.
China has ruled Tibet since Communist troops marched in 1950.