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Years in Delhi were his best time

delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2011 11:08 IST
Rajat Arora
Rajat Arora
Hindustan Times
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Like most well-off youngsters in the Capital, he loves to drive around town in his SUV and while away his time watching cricket or Bollywood flicks.

But he is not an ordinary youngster in the city; for he is none other than the newly appointed Prime Minister of Tibetan government in exile, the 42-year-old Lobsang Sangay. The six years he had spent in Delhi were the best time of his life, the Tibetan political head said.

His official title is "Kalon Tripa" of the Tibetan government-in-exile and his job profile is significant, considering he is expected to shoulder much of the responsibility previously held by the Dalai Lama, who announced his retirement from political life earlier this year.

But before Sangay became the political head of Tibetan government, he took a path similar to millions of students in Delhi.

"I came to Delhi from Darjeeling in 1988 to study English literature at Hansraj College," said Sangay recalling his college days. "I stayed in Mukherjee Nagar for two years and in the third year I shifted to the hostel."

It was during his Delhi University days that Sangay got acquainted with the Tibetan movement. After completing his graduation, Sangay studied law. "That was the time when we took to the streets demanding independence for Tibet."

Sangay then got actively involved in politics. "I was elected as the youngest executive member of the Tibetan Youth Congress and later became general secretary," he said, adding, "After that I took over as president."

The 42-year-old then received a scholarship to study at Harvard where he got a doctorate in law.

Like any other Indian politician, Sangay now has an official ambassador car, and a house in Dharamshala.

An expert on international law, democratic constitutionalism and conflict resolution, Sangay admitted that his new role is a challenge considering he heads an exile government.

"We have a mammoth task ahead," said Sangay, adding, "We seek genuine autonomy within and within the framework of the Chinese constitution."