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Tibetan PM Sangay asks community to shun festivities

Two days before Losar, the Tibetan new year, Lobsang Sangay today appealed to compatriots to pray for those who sacrificed lives or are suffering in Tibet

chandigarh Updated: Feb 20, 2012 18:04 IST
Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar
Hindustan Times

Two days ahead of Losar, Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, on Monday urged the Tibetan community across the world to shun festivities connected to the advent of the new year.

Greeting people on Losar, which falls on February 22, Sangay urged people not to celebrate Losar, but observe
traditional and spiritual rituals by going to monasteries and making offerings on the day. Also, he said, Tibetans should pray for those who had sacrificed lives for
the Tibetan cause.

“Please do not celebrate Losar this year, but to observe traditional and spiritual rituals. Light butter lamps
and pray for all those Tibetans inside Tibet who have sacrificed and suffered under the repressive policies of the Chinese government,” he said.

Giving an overview of the grim situation in Tibet, Sangay said that Tibet had been virtually sealed off as foreigners were not allowed to enter the region, while even Chinese tourists were prevented from visiting Tibet.

“The Chinese government has launched a massive crackdown on Tibetans who visited India for the Kalachakra teachings. Several hundred Tibetans have been detained and are being forced to undergo
political re-education,” Sangay said.

Expressing concern over the prevailing situation in Tibet, Sangay said Tibetans living in exile were extremely
worried over what was happening and what might happen inside Tibet.

“Under such circumstances, please do pray for all Tibetans inside Tibet, especially on the third, eighth,
10th and 15th day of Losar, as these are auspicious days,” Sangay urged.

The Tibetan PM said that as Tibet National Uprising Day was coming up on March 10, there would be many other activities where Tibetans and their friends would be requested to participate.

First Published: Feb 20, 2012 17:49 IST