DHARAMSALA, March 8: The Tibet Museum of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), Central Tibetan Administration located near Tsug-lag-Khang, the main temple in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala today inaugurated a photo exhibition titled ‘60 years of resistance’ to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Tibetan national uprising day.
CTA’s Finance Kalon(minister) Karma Yeshi attended the event as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the temporary exhibition.
March 10th, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising day, and the photo exhibition showcases the ‘60 years of resistance’ shown by the Tibetan people against the Chinese occupation captured in the form of photographs since March 10, 1959.
Kalon Karma Yeshi spoke highly of the Tibetan people’s indomitable spirit, recalling March 10, 1959, Tibetan National Uprising Day and March 12 Tibetan Women’s uprising day in the same year which was followed by the 1987-1989 Uprising in Tibet, he paid tribute to the Tibetan martyrs who have sacrificed for the cause of Tibet and said that “we will forever remember their sacrifices.”
He further suggested that the exhibition curated jointly by Tibet Museum staff Tenzin Rabjam and Intern Lodoe Tsomo be digitalised so that everyone can have access to the factual account of photographs that showcases Tibetan people’s 60 years of resistance.
“This March 10, we want people to understand the history and the legacy of the Tibetan National Uprising day, all the sacrifices made by the Tibetan people inside Tibet and why it is important to protest and to continue to advocate for Tibet’s sovereignty,” Lodoe Tsomo said.
On March 10, 1959, sensing a Chinese plot to abduct His Holiness the Dalai Lama, more than 300,000 Tibetans surrounded his summer palace, Norbulingka to protect his life and to protest against the Chinese occupation.
Seven days later, His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Lhasa and fled to India. 80,000 Tibetans followed him into exile.
What gave birth to this historic event was a culmination of events marked by the invasion and occupation of Tibet, subjugation of its people, and pursuit of actions which threatened the life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama under a policy of naked and all-out aggression pursued by the communist government of China.
The inauguration of the photo exhibition was followed by a panel discussion led by former political prisoners; Lobsang Yonden, Ngawang Woeber, Dawa and Dukthen Kyi from CTA’s Human Rights Desk.
The Tibet Museum has further lined up Documentary films and Talk Series this month to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Tibetan national uprising day. The details of the programs are as follows: