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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

'Nepal is in Tibet': The saga of gaffes continues

October 8, 2008

Times of India
October 7, 2008

What do President Bush's national security officer Stephen Hadley and the Canadian Press (TCP) have in common?

An unconventional, if not inaccurate, sense of geography, which regards the former Buddhist kingdom of Tibet and the former Himalayan kingdom of Nepal as the one and same place.

Six months after Hadley became the butt of jokes worldwide for repeatedly confusing the two formerly forbidden kingdoms during an appearance on ABC, TCP, Canada's nearly 90-year-old multimedia news agency, has done it again.

While reporting about a documentary made on Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn's journey to Nepal, 'Return to Nepal', that will be screened at the ninth annual Planet in Focus film festival in Toronto kicking off from October 22, the agency said in its headline: Bruce Cockburn movie about Tibet screens at Planet in Focus film fest.

This is not the first media gaffe about Nepal and Tibet. Probably, it will not be the last either. In April, Switzerland's state-run Swiss TV made a far more severe faux pas by airing scenes of Nepal's police brutally breaking up peaceful protests by Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu and calling it the crackdown by Chinese security forces on Tibetan demonstrators in Lhasa.

Nepal has learnt to take such errors in good humour.

Perhaps Nepal's attitude of good-humoured tolerance stems partly from the reason that its officials too have displayed similar syndromes.
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