By Tenzin Dechen
GANGTOK, Sikkim, 11 December 2019
On the occasion of the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the U-May Lam Chapter of Gangtok released a newly-composed Tibetan song. The song emphasizes the importance, urgency, realism, and vision of the Middle-way Approach proposed and introduced by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and unanimously adopted by the Tibetan Parliament-in Exile, becoming the official policy of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Historically, Tibet was an independent country, and legally, it has the right to be free. Nevertheless, China continues to claim Tibet as its own and rules over it with an iron fist, denying fundamental rights to the Tibetan people, since 1949. The Middle-way Approach is a middle ground between those opposing positions.
The Middle-way Approach implies not seeking independence, but striving for genuine autonomy within the framework of the People’s Republic of China. The guiding spirit of the Middle-way Approach is the pursuit of a mutually acceptable and mutually beneficial solution through dialogue, in the spirit of reconciliation and compromise.
Hundreds of Tibetans in Gangtok gathered at Chol-kha-Sum hall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the conferment of Nobel Peace Prize upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1989. Ms Mingyur Youdon, the Tibetan Settlement Officer (TSO), Gangtok, inaugurated the lyrics of the new song on U-may Lam in the presence of the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Minister Kunga Nyima Lepcha, Department of Human Resource, Legislative and Parliament Affairs, Government of Sikkim, and Mr Tsering Wangchuk, Chairman, Local Tibetan Assembly (LTA), Gangtok.
The song was sung by Ngawang Lobsang (Male Vocalist), President, Hamro Parivaar, and Ms Dawa Bhuti (Female Vocalist), Music and Dance Teacher. The lyrics of the song were co-written by Lhasawa Lobsang Dorjee and Galing Thupten Tsering.
The formal ceremony of the celebration commenced with installation of His Holiness’ portrait on the throne. Representative led the train of well-wishers offering scarves. A minute’s silence was observed for the sacrifice of Tibetans for Tibet.
The celebration included speeches on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s noble contributions, his lifelong commitments, and colourful cultural performances. The Nobel Peace Prize Day celebration was organized by U-Tsang Association, Gangtok, Sikkim.