IITM China Studies Centre 2018 Lecture - Tibet Policy Institute

          IITM China Studies Centre And Tibet Policy Institute



IITM China Studies Centre invites you to a set of two short talks by researchers of the Tibet Policy Institute in Dharamshala (HP)  on the 11th of September from 10-11 am.
Talk 1
Buddhism: From the opium of the people to the soft power diplomacy of China by Dr. Rinzin Dorjee

The Communist party of China, an atheist government, once condemned religion as the opium of the people, is now asserting rights of custody over Tibetan Buddhism.  Chinese orientation of Buddhism or Buddhism with Chinese characteristics is used as a strategic and diplomatic soft power by the Chinese government to engage Buddhist countries in South- East Asia and world at large. Buddhist soft power used by the Chinese government is to influence other countries in dealing with its trillion dollar BRI project and strategic move to earn legitimacy for its plan to recognize the reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama.

Talk 2
Social Media: Prevalence, Implications and Impacts on Tibetan communities by Tenzin Dalha

Social networks have for the first time provided individuals and activists alike with a unique yet increasingly perilous opportunity to quickly disseminate information inside Tibet despite China’s strict control and surveillance of any information shared on the internet. Individuals continue to take great risks of imminent threat to themselves and their loved ones by sending out images, videos and other information on crisis relating to human rights situation, political instability and denial of religious freedom.

Chinese are using more shrewd ways of controlling opinion online. The research examines details about the sophisticated Chinese censorship. However, despite China's dynamic internet censorship tools and policies, Tibetan activists and bloggers have until now figured out ways to express themselves to the Chinese people and to the world. Tech savvy individuals have played a prominent role in bringing freedom of speech inside China with the introduction of new and updated software to penetrate the great firewall of China.

Social Media platforms have emerged as a key factor in gaining a competitive edge in ensuring rapid dissemination of news and broadcasting views. Within the last decade social media has replaced print media signaling a paradigm shift in how we consume and convey information.

Keywords: Social Media, Censorship, Tibet, China, Internet. Netizens, Cyber security




1) Dr. Rinzin Dorjee (Research Fellow)

Dr. Rinzin Dorjee has an M.A in Political Science from Madras Christian College in Chennai. He served as a PGT teacher for two years at TCV School, Gopalpur from 2005 to 2007. In 2008 he obtained an M.Phil. degree in South and South-East Asian studies from University of Madras and continued for a Ph.D program at the Department of Politics and Public Administration. He did his research on Politics and Administration of Tibetan Government in Exile: A Political Analysis in Perspective of Efficiency. He is currently a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, working on the Impacts of Infrastructure development in Tibet under People's Republic of China (PRC).
2) Tenzin Dalha (Research Fellow)

Tenzin Dalha obtained his M.Phil degree in Mass Communication from Department of Journalism and Communication of the University of Madras in 2014. His dissertation as part of his M.Phil degree is "Social Media and Rise of Arab Spring". Earlier he has worked as freelance journalist and contributor to several photography and documentary projects. He is currently a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, doing research on social media and Tibet.


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