Dharamshala — The Tibet Museum of Department of Information and International Relations, CTA, commenced it's three-day celebration of 39th International Museum Day by launching the museum's exhibition catalog, "A Long Look Homeward" and a promotional video.
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay was the chief-guest and launched the catalog. Mr Sonam N. Dagpo, Secretary of DIIR launched the promotional video of the museum. The Tibet Museum was established in 1998 and graced by His Holiness Dalai Lama, with the purpose to document, preserve, research, exhibit and educate on the matters related to Tibetan history, culture and the present issue.
The event saw Dr Sangay, Mr Tashi Phuntsok, Secretary of DIIR and Mr Tashi Phuntsok Director of the Tibet Museum addressing the audience on the importance and success of the museum in preserving the Tibetan culture, heritage and the stories of undying struggles of Tibetan people under the Chinese oppression. The museum is the proof of China's attempts to create a false image of contentment and prosperity in Tibet.
Speaking to TPI, Sikyong said "Tibet issue is an issue of truth and justice. Truth is on our side and Justice is what we deserve, so this is the truth about Tibet's history, this is the truth about occupation and oppression. China's narrative says that Tibet is happy and content with the Chinese government. This is our true narrative in response to Chinese narrative."
His message to the current world leaders regarding their passive approach towards the Tibet issue is "What Tibetans are facing and suffering is real so if they see, they must stand for the basic principles of their country which they claim to be democracy and freedom for all".
Every year May 18th is celebrated as International Museum Day with the participation 142 countries and more than 35,000 museums.