Dr. Lobsang Sangay: Tibetat The George W. Bush Presidential Center
Lobsang Sangay has risen from his refugee status in his native Darjeeling, India, to become the top political leader of the Tibetan Central Administration.
In 2011, he was elected the Sikyong of the India-based organization whose goals are “rehabilitating Tibetan refugees and restoring freedom and happiness in Tibet.” The Sikyong’s mission is to draw attention to the cause while also, his bio says, “improving the lives of the long-suffering people of Tibet.”
While the Dalai Lama is Tibet’s spiritual leader in exile, the Sikyong is the political leader of as many as 150,000 Tibetans in India and other places around the world. The Tibetan refugee crisis began in 1950 when Mao’s Chinese People’s Liberation Army invaded and took over the nation.
Dr. Sangay was born in 1968 in Darjeeling. He attended the Tibetan refugee school there. According to his official biography, at Delhi University he earned a BA with Honors in English Literature (1991) and a Bachelor in Law (1994).
In 1995, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and earned his Master’s Degree at Harvard Law School where his thesis focused on “contemporary Buddhism and its links with human rights.”
In 2004, Dr. Sangay earned his law degree at Harvard Law School becoming, his bio says, “the first Tibetan to receive this degree.” His doctoral dissertation was “Democracy and History of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile from 1959-2004.”
After his election as Sikyong, Dr. Sangay gave up his position as a research fellow at Harvard Law School to move to Dharamsala, India, to lead the Tibetan Central Association.
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