Tibetan MP Jamyang Soepa (L), Takna Jigme Sangpo (c) and Tibetan PM Lobsang Sangay at the book launch/McLeod Ganj, January 24, 2014/Phayul photo/Kunsang Gashon
DHARAMSHALA, January 24: Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay today launched the biography of the longest serving Tibetan political prisoner Takna Jigme Sangpo, who has spent 32 years in Chinese prison. Titled ‘Metse Nyongtsor’
(experience of life), the book in Tibetan language is written by Lhachap Jimpa and edited by Thupten Yarphel, both former political prisoners.
Calling Takna a “true patriot”, Tibetan PM Sangay said, “Takna Jigme Sangpo represents the true spirit of the Tibetan people as well as reflects the repressive policies of the Chinese government for simply voicing his opposition against harsh policies of the Chinese government, he faced imprisonment numerous times.”
Takna Jigme Sangpo served thirty two years in prison with deprivation of civil and political rights and 5 years in the Reform through Labour camps. He was actually sentenced to 41 years but was released on parole in 2002 following numerous international campaigns.
“On one hand I am happy to have the privilege to sit and stand next to a true patriot like Takna Jigme Sangpo, on the other hand it’s a sad story of a very courageous Tibetan who stood up time and again against the Chinese repressive policies and through this book it will be made loud and clear the true conditions in Tibet,” said the elected head of the Tibetan people.
The book launch was attended among others by Dongchung Ngodup, Minister of Security of Tibetan Government in exile; Jamyang Soepa, Tibetan Parliamentarian and leaders of Tibetan NGOs.
Takna Jigme Sangpo said that he decided to have his biography written after he heard the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's statement on the 28th Uprising Day in which he advised Tibetans to write their personal stories of suffering and struggle.
Speaking at the book launch, Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari, Vice President of Gu Chu Sum, said the publication of the biography aims to highlight the true condition in Tibet, expose the abuse of law by the Chinese government and to provide inspiration, a sense of subjective belongingness and a legacy for the Tibetan youngsters.
Takna Jigme Sangmo has been living in Switzerland since his release in 2002.