New Delhi — 'There is no doubt at all that Prof Dawa Norbu was a great intellectual who made great contribution towards the issue of Tibet from multi-perspective,' Dr Lobsang Sangay said in his keynote address at the memorial for Prof Dawa Norbu at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
After an official visit to Odisha state, Tibetan political leader, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay attended the 'Symposium in Memory of Professor Dawa Norbu' jointly organised by Tibetan Forum JNU and Tibetan Review at JNU Auditorium of School of Social Science in Delhi, on 7 April 2015, the Tibetan administration media reported on Thursday.
The day-long symposium was inaugurated by Prof S.K. Sopory, the Vice Chancellor of the University. Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, Mr Tempa Tsering, the representative of His Holiness, New Delhi along with the late Professor's family members and students from the University were present.
In his keynote speech, the Sikyong remembered the late Prof Dawa Norbu as his "guru and a legend". Recalling his days in the Harvard University when he invited the former for an academic engagement, he said that the time spent with him was a great learning experience.
He noted that some of his much-read books and articles narrate significantly about the historical background during Chinese occupation of Tibet. "Only few Tibetans have reached the status and the intellectual depth that parallels the late Professor Dawa Norbu," said Sikyong.
"His intellectual contribution is not just to a Tibetan world, but also to south Asia, central Asia and also towards China. His contribution in the Tibetan world is one thing and beyond that in the Tibetan studies, Tibetology studies he is immensely appreciated and acknowledged. There is no doubt at all that he was a great intellectual who made great contribution towards the Tibetan issue from multi-perspective," Sikyong said.
Shedding light on the Professor's views on religion and politics, Sikyong re-quoted his statement, "Politics is shallow, and Political Science is also study of the shallow field, but Buddhism is true today, it was true before and it remains true forever." He further added that the professor revered His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama too had recognised his contribution towards the Tibetan movement and for his open views and remarks on Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
Sikyong emphasised that the symposium should not just be a mere memorial forum but strongly urged the Tibetan youth to emulate his accomplishment since Tibetan movement needed hundreds like him to strengthen it.