Lone contestant wins 'Ms Tibet-2005' crown

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The lone participant in the 'Ms Tibet-2005' contest, Tenzing Nyima, was on Saturday crowned winner 'unopposed' after seven other contenders who had sent their applications backed out.

The lack of participation from the Tibetan community dampened the spirit of the organisers and heavy rains further watered down the event with only a few witnessing the 'coronation' ceremony.

After the ceremony, the new 'Ms Tibet' introduced herself to the audience and expressed her views. Clad in an elegant evening gown, she performed a dance to show her talent and again appeared in traditional tibetan costumes.

Nyima was also presented a scholarship cheque of Rs one lakh.

She looked elated and wished "there was some contest".

Earlier in 2003 too, a single participant, Tsering Kyi, was declared winner unopposed.

The Tibetan government-in-exile had distanced itself from the contest.

Samdhong Rimpoche, prime minister of the exiled government and senior officers of department of culture maintained that "such contests were against the basic tenets of Tibetan religion, culture and traditions."

"We should adopt good things from the West but should not allow our cultural identity to be diluted," they had said.

However, the organisers claimed that the contest was "an attempt to project the cause of Tibet at the world-level".

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