Tibet Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian Army posted photographs of “mysterious footprints” that measure about 32×15 inches, on Twitter claiming that its Mountaineering Expedition team to Mt Makalu (8485m, is 5th highest mountain in world) sighted “the mythical beast Yeti”.
- It is a mythical creature who is believed to exist in Himalayan areas of India, Nepal and Tibet.
- The term “Yeti” is taken from Nepali dictionary which means ‘abominable snowman’. It is also known as ‘Meh-The’ in Tibetan folklore.
- Yeti has many proposed characteristics, like according to urban legends, it is a two legged white, shaggy ape-like animal and is described to be about 10-20 feet tall. While according to locals, it resembles a race of wild, hairy men found in the “wildest and most inaccessible mountains”.
- The debate on Yeti’s existence is going on since last century.
- There is no authentic evidence of its existence. Since it has never been sighted or captured, and most scientists believe that no such creature exists.
- In 1921, British explorer Charles Howard-Bury claimed to have found footsteps of Yeti near Lakhpa La pass (or Lhagba La is about 7km northeast of Mount Everest in Tibet Autonomous Region) while on an expedition in Himalayas.
- In 2013, the National Geographic released a documentary on ‘legend of Yeti in Himalayas’. Although Yeti has already been recreated several times in popular culture, folklore and cartoons.
- In 2019 debate has resurfaced again when Indian Army has claimed it discovered fresh “mysterious footprints” of Yeti during an Army expedition.
Hundreds of Tibetan activists staged a protest and submitted a memorandum to the Office of United Nations India to mark the 60th anniversary of their National Uprising Day.
National Uprising Day: Tibet
March 10 which commemorates the 1959 Tibetan Uprising is observed as the National Uprising Day by Tibetan activists. On March 10 1959, thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa rising up against Communist China’s occupation of their homeland.
Tibet was invaded by China in 1951. Tibetans had enthroned Dalai Lama, chosen at the age of two in 1937 as the 14th incarnation of Tibetan Buddhism’s supreme religious leader. Coexistence of Beijing authorities and Dalai Lama at the Tibetan plateau led to Tensions.
The Chinese Authorities summoned him to an event without his bodyguards on March 10, Tibetans feared a trap that could endanger their leader. Fearing for the life of Dalai Lama, Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace, the home of the Dalai Lama, to protect his life and to uphold the cause of Tibetan nation. As Chinese soldiers opened fire thousands of activists lost their life. On the night of March 17, the Dalai Lama escaped into exile across the Himalayas into India.