Exiles protest Chinese curbs on use of Tibetan language

October 27th, 2010 - 8:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Oct 27 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile based in this Himachal Pradesh hill town Wednesday protested China’s proposal to curb or eliminate the use of Tibetan language in Tibet.

“The new regulation is in total violation of the provisions of the Chinese constitution, which guarantees that citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief,” the government-in-exile’s Minister for Religion and Culture Tsering Phuntsok told reporters here.

The regulation is an evil design on the part of the Chinese government to obstruct the Buddhist teachings and its sacred transmissions in Tibet, Phuntsok added.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has already taken a dig at China, saying it could take a leaf out of the Indian book on preserving and promoting linguistic diversity.

“China may want to learn from the Indian experience where preservation and promotion of the linguistic diversity is being done without it being seen as a danger of separation,” the Dalai Lama said in Canada Oct 24.

The Dalai Lama and his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa (capital of Tibet) in 1959.

He has since headed the Tibetan government-in-exile here.

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