Indian Army personnel near ALC study Tibetans; and there is a valid reason
West Kameng, first published Oct 18, 2021, 9:06 p.m. IST
Aiming at countering China’s soft power approach and strengthening the good humor between Tibetans and troops deployed in the advanced areas of Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian army has officially launched a course on Tibetan language and culture. to understand their history, demography, philosophy, among others.
Two months ago, the Chinese administration urged Tibetans to embrace the communist regime.
The Communist Party of China Politburo Standing Committee made the remark during a lavish ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese invasion of Tibet outside the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the sacred abode of Tibet’s traditional Buddhist leaders.
Launched as a pilot project in March this year, a total of 15 members of the Indian military underwent rigorous examinations.
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After successfully completing the course, the Indian Army and the Central Institute for Himalayan Culture Studies based in Arunachal Pradesh and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology based in Sikkim signed a memorandum of understanding for staff to be language trained. The intention behind the move to allow troops to reach Tibetans living in India.
The second batch of the course, which lasts six to eight weeks, will start from November. A total of 20 officers voluntarily registered for the course.
“Buddhist experts and lamas from monasteries are leading the course,” an official said.
Commenting on the program, CIHCS Dy Director Kemo Padu said, “We have included history, culture, philosophy, politics, demography and geopolitics in our program.
Sharing his experience, an Indian Army officer who had completed the first batch said:
“I didn’t know the Tibetan language and culture. But after taking the course, it gave me a new perspective to understand Tibetans.”
According to an official, the Indian military has sent a proposal to its training command to increase the duration of the course to three months.
Explaining the purpose of the course, another Indian Army officer said: “It is about making our staff understand the nuances of the culture and arming it with the language so that they can merge with the people. Tibetan residing on the Indian side of the Line of Real Control. ”
This will distract people from China’s soft power, he said.
Indian army personnel are also learning Mandarin (Chinese language) at various institutes across the country.
The army has a collaboration with the University of Tezpur for its troops to learn the Chinese language.
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Last updated on October 18, 2021, 9:06 PM IST