A Tibet Museum in Dharamsala recently organized a photo exhibition titled ‘Revisiting the Cultural Revolution in Tibet’.
The Religion and Culture Minister of the Tibetan government in exile Karma Gelek inaugurated the exhibition.
“It’s important to look back and revisit what transpired during the entire decade of intense crackdown on the Tibetan people,” said the spokesperson of the Tibetan government in-exile, Dhardon Sharling.
“This exhibition is a stark reminder of the reality that continues to haunt all of us, but at the same time, looking at how we can move forward despite the brutal history that we have left behind, how to look into the future and look positive,” he added.
The ten year long Cultural Revolution is generally considered to have begun in China in 1966 when the politburo of the Communist Party of China adopted Mao Zedong’s so-called May 6 notice.
During the Cultural Revolution in Tibet form 1966-1976, the attack on Tibetan religion, culture, identity and traditional way of life was further intensified. Many walls, prayer flags, incense burning; circumambulation and prostration were all banned. The monks and nuns were forced to marry or sent to labor camps.