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Biggest Tibetan activist group trains youth the art of leadership

December 30, 2010

Phayul [Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:44]

By Tenzin Pema

BANGALORE, December 27: The Tibetan Youth Congress -- the biggest
Tibetan independence activist group in exile seeking complete
independence from China -- is training about 50 young Tibetans the fine
arts of leadership, in a five-day long session being held in the South
Indian city of Bangalore.

The participants at Tibetan Youth Congress’ (TYC) 11th annual Tibetan
Youth Leadership Training program include students from colleges in
Nepal, Chennai, Vijayawada, Vadodara, Dharamsala, Bangalore, Trichy and
Chandigarh, as well as monks from Sera, Drepung and Gaden Monastery.

“The aim of such a leadership program is to equip the youth of today
with the know-how to actively lead the different groups they belong to,
armed with confidence, facts and much-needed zeal,” Mr. Tsewang Rigzin,
President of TYC, said at the opening session of the training program on

Mr. M. Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary to the Government of Karnataka,
Department of Higher Education, was the chief guest of the opening session.

Speaking about the qualities that make up a “true leader,” Mr. Gopal
said such a leader refrains from using the word “I,” while focusing on
planning, co-ordination and strategy, all of which are necessary for a
person to lead well.

The key quality of a true leader, however, is the ability to
continuously develop and build on one’s leadership qualities, Mr. Gopal

The ongoing leadership program is expected to cover topics ranging from
China’s emergence as a super power and its subsequent impact on India,
to the facts about independence struggles worldwide, to Tibetan
democracy and the upcoming elections, and the "Why" and "How" to regain
Tibet's Independence.

“This is a wonderful opportunity that TYC is giving us to grow as
individuals and community leaders through a training program that
focuses on enhancing one’s skills and knowledge,” Kunga Dolma, a student
at Bangalore's St Joseph's College, said.

The speakers for this training session include Professor Srikanth
Kondapalli of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Former TYC Vice-President Mr.
Lobsang Yeshi, and Mr. Karma Yeshi, Member of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-exile, among others.

The special guests for the youth leadership program were Mr. Tashi
Wangdu, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Tibetan
Cooperatives in India, Mr. Choephel Thupten, Former TYC executive
member, and Mr. Dhondup, Director of the Tibetan Children’s Village’s
Tibetan Youth Hostel in Bangalore.

The leadership program, which is being held at the TCV Tibetan Youth
Hostel in Bangalore, is scheduled to end on December 31.
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