Tibetan political scientist Dawa Norbu's memorial lecture was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on April 9, 2018. Photo: TPI/Yangchen Dolma

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Delhi — Tibetan political scientist Dawa Norbu's memorial lecture was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and organized by Tibet Forum JNU.

On April 9, the fourth Dawa Norbu memorial lecture was given by Tsering Shakya, Tibetan historian as the main speaker, and Professor Yeshi Choedon of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Around fifty students of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University attended the lecture.

Tsering Shakya said that he was friend with Dawa Norbu and knew him personally and intellectually. Dawa Norbu was great scholar who gave a great contribution to the Tibetan cause.

Professor Dawa Norbu was an expert on Central Asian Politics and on Tibetan affairs, was born in Tibet and educated at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi. He did his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. At the same time he taught at the University of San Francisco State University. He worked as an editor of the Tibetan Review, a monthly journal, from 1972 to 1976 and later worked as a professor of Central Asian studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

"He was a legend in his own lifetime. He created great awareness about Tibet and the Tibetan people through his acclaimed books like Red Star Over Tibet, Tibet: The Road Ahead, and China’s Tibet Policy.

"He has published several scholarly papers in such international journals as Asian Survey, China Quarterly, International Studies and Pacific Affairs. His latest book China’s Tibet Policy was published in 2001 and it is a major work of longstanding value."

The afternoon session was focused on young scholars, and speakers included Lobsang Yangtso, PhD candidate at JNU, Arnab Chakrabarty, PhD Candidate at JNU and Gregory Bruno London School of Economics, who both presented their papers.

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