In this world, we will meet many people and there are few in this world who will leave an indelible impression. I believe Thubten Samphel-la is one such person. My first encounter with Thubten Samphel-la TS) was through his remarks. For my M.Phil. dissertation work on India-China relations, I have quoted him because of his interesting reply to the media on a question related to the impacts of the railway on Tibet. He said, “The railway line itself is not a cause of concern for the Tibetan people, rather how it will be used is the main concern.” The second meeting with TS was in 2012 when I attended the inaugural function of the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI) in Gangchen Kyishong. He was appointed as the Tibet Policy Institute’s first Director. The third meeting sealed my unwritten relationship with him as ‘Guru” and ‘Chela’.
*Dr. Tenzin Tsultrim is a reserach fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflects those of the Tibet Policy Institute. This article was originally published on Phayul on June 20, 2022.