A month-long exhibition on the history of Tibet opened here today, aiming to present visitors with factual truths about Tibet’s long and eventful history through pictures and exhibits.
The exhibition titled “Glimpses of the History of Tibet” chronicles the origin of Tibet, its first Bon religion, the Tibetan emperors, Tibetan Buddhism, the Tibetan script, the lineage of the Dalai Lamas and the Chinese invasion of Tibet, sequenced in a chronological order with rare images and detailed narrative texts.
It also includes valuable historical materials, including treaties and agreements signed by Tibetan government with neighbouring countries defining Tibet’s long existed status as an independent state at varying historical stages.
Kalon Kesang Y Takla, Minister for the Department of Information & International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration, inaugurated the exhibition at the Tibet Museum here this morning.
Mrs Takla told the opening function: “Although Tibetan Government-in-Exile officially follows the Middle-Way approach of seeking meaningful autonomy to resolve the issue of Tibet, it must be understood clearly that the historical facts and truths about Tibet’s history cannot be changed or distorted by anyone.”
“These exhibits will speak for themselves and are a forceful witness to the historical truths about Tibet’s status as an independent state before the Chinese occupation,” she said, stressing on the need to propagate the factual truths to dispel or avoid any biased and distorted information on Tibet.
Information Secretary Mr Thupten Samphel and International Relations secretary Mr Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha were also present during the opening function.
The free exhibition, conceived by Claude Arpi, a prominent expert on Tibet studies, is being organised by the DIIR.
Mr Tashi Phuntsok, an official from DIIR who is in charge of the exhibition, said the show will later travel to different Tibetan settlements, schools and institutions.
He said the idea of the exhibition was to provide opportunity for the people, both Tibetans and non-Tibetans to have a better understanding and awareness about Tibet’s true historical facts.