China Bans Tibetan Students from Religious Activities

China in its effort to tighten their grip upon restricting the religious observances in the traditionally and largely Buddhist country, Tibetan students from schools in Tibet have been banned from engaging in any form of religious activities during their summer holidays according to the Chinese state media report on Tuesday.

“We have sent notices to both students and their parents, and have had students sign an agreement that they will not take part in any form of religious activity during the summer vacation,” Choephel, the head of the political education department at Lhasa Middle School told the media according to Chinese state media, Global Times.

The policy reflect China’s increasingly harsh restrictions imposed upon the largely Buddhist country wherein Tibetans traditional pious strongly immersed in religious activities both in terms of faith as well as livelihood. Besides, China’s invasion of Tibet though effectively gripped in physical terms, their grip has never be able to force Tibetan’s spiritual connection with their exiled leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In addition to this ban, China has in recent times been putting up efforts to criminalize any form of followers inside Tibet while at the same time the political administrator meddled into traditional ways of recognizing reincarnations of the high ranking religious figures and forcing an end to the traditional way of joining monasteries since early ages. These policies are largely aimed at reducing the influence of the region’s spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India since 1959.

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