Apr 2013 29

Time Magazine on Lhakar0

Posted In lhakar by GenSherap

Time Magazine covers the Lhakar movement, with quotes from Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay and SFT India’s national director Dorjee Tseten.  Read the full article here.

Here is the first paragraph of the article:

In recent years, young Tibetans-in-exile have found in Lhakar an alternative to the gruesome and desperate act of self-immolation. Lhakar is a movement inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence and noncooperation to rid India of British colonialism. In the 1980s, when Lhasa erupted in violence against Chinese rule and the authorities subsequently clamped down on the region, many in China’s Tibetan areas continued to secretly visit temples on Wednesdays, the day the Dalai Lama is believed to have been born, to pray for him. But in 2008, when the Chinese authorities started cracking down on religious activities associated with the Dalai Lama, Tibetans devised the subtler Lhakar. For the past five years, Tibetans, both in China’s Tibetan regions and in exile, have reasserted their cultural identity through thinking, talking, eating and buying Tibetan once a week.

Read the full article here.

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