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Tibetan Muslim Community in Srinagar Witness Exhibition on 50 Years of Tibetans in Exile

August 31, 2009

August 26, 2009,

Dharamshala -- The Tibetan Muslim community in Srinagar experienced
Tibet's rich cultural heritage through photo exhibition and
documentary movies organised by the Tibet Museum as part of the
commemoration of "Fifty Years of Tibetans in Exile and Thank You
India," from 17-18 August.

The exhibition was held at the Tibetan Public School which is located
near the Tibetan Muslim settlement in the area popularly known as
Hawal. The school was inaugurated in 2004 by Kalon for Department of
Education, Mr Thubten Lungrik.

Mr Aman Malik, Principal of the Tibetan Public School, opened the
two-day exhibition in the school hall, attended by staff members and

The exhibition features photos on the successful establishment of
democratic administration by the Tibetans in exile, including
settlements, educational, cultural, religious and medical institutions.

Documentary films on Tibet such as "Kundun" and "Compassion" in Exile
were also screened during the two-day event. A song of tribute to
India titled "Thank You India" was also shown to express Tibetan
people's gratitude to the government and people of India.

Mr Aman Malik expressed his gratitude to the Tibetan government and
His Holiness the Dalai Lama while recounting his early days in Lhasa
before 1959. He said, before the occupation of Tibet by the People's
Republic of China, the Muslim community in Lhasa enjoys full freedom
like any other Tibetan. Muslim communities at the time were free to
perform their religious activities without any interference from the
government of Tibet. He also said that the Muslims were not settled
at one area, they were scattered all around Lhasa. During the Muslim
holy of Ramzan, a horn bell was used to wake up Tibetan Muslims in
and around Lhasa-Bharkhor to prepare for early Namaz prayer.
Certainly, this could be a nuisance for ailing and elderly people.
But then, nobody ever complained and both communities lived in a very
friendly atmosphere. The religious tolerance towards other faith by
the Tibetan government at that time was exemplary, he said.

Mr Malik recently got the opportunity to have a private audience with
His Holiness the Dalai Lama. "His Holiness has shown exceptional
interest and love to the Tibetan Muslim and spoke in detail account
of the present Tibetan approach towards resolving the issue of Tibet
through dialogue with the Chinese leadership," Mr Malik said.
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