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Photo-exhibition, based on two photo-expeditions

August 17, 2008

Vijay Kranti
By Snigdha Bhattacharjee
Headlines India
August 13, 2008

New Delhi -- The Press Club of India has come up with one of its kind
of photo-exhibition named 'Inside The Colony'. The exhibition
exhibits 20 photographs of eminent photo journalist Vijay Kranti. The
photo-exhibition is his 'reality check' on China's claim about Tibet,
that Tibet is progressing.

These photographs are the fruit of his two photo expeditions to
Tibet, which he took as a tourist in the recent years. His first
expedition was around Lhasa and the second trip was in Yunnan,
Sichuan, Quighai and TAR provinces.

"There is no doubt that urban parts of Tibetan region have undergone
tremendous modernization. Wonderful malls, wide roads, impressive
housing complexes, and most lavish car brands in the streets. Only if
you could distinguish between a Chinese and a Tibetan face that you
would realize who own these goodies and for whose benefit all this
benefit has been undertaken" said Vijay Kranti.

Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness Dalai Lama said,"
Chinese government say that there is progress in China, but the
photographs show at the cost of what the development is.It is at the
cost of Tibetan culture". According to another viewer," The best
thing about these photographs, what I liked, is that they could bring
out the truth from midst of all the developmental works there".

Vijay Kranti observed the condition for 30 years. So, when China
opened the door, he went there as a visitor, as there is a complete
ban on the independent travel of the journalists. The exhibition will
continue from 11th - 20th August 2008 at the Press Club of India.
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