The burden of deciphering ourselves is a beginning and it’s not an easy journey. It’s wonderful it’s happening and we will see where it takes us.
Perhaps Indian independence reminded me of my own statelessness, the occupation of my homeland, and my exile.
Whatever reasoning compelled the prime minister to make this statement, it has stretched the Middle Way policy to an extent where it makes absolutely no sense.
By combining the power of the head of government and the head of state, as it appears to have happened in the case of the “Sikyong”, there has been a profound and fundamental change in the Tibetan political system — with no real discussion of the issue.
True democracy is possible only when there is freedom to think and speak without fear or embarrassment, to question everything — especially the most sacred and divine things.
The world media has given the Tibetan immolations the absolutely minimum attention it is possible to give to a major news story, without actually opening itself to the charge of deliberately and cynically ignoring the issue altogether.
The bleak scenario in China, perhaps, is an opportunity for the Tibetans to renew their passion, recalibrate their strategies, and be even more focussed in their struggle for a free Tibet.
One of the rare advantages of being born a refugee is that you become bilingual by default.
His Holiness simply wants to be one among the Tibetans and continue to serve the cause of Tibet.
Instead of begging His Holiness to lead us on, we must come forward and take up the challenge he is handing over to us, his children.
The Jasmine rallies are likely to spread to other large cities. Popular protest, it seems, has finally reached the shores of China.
“I am Indian, perhaps more Indian than you. Why do I need a certificate?”
Last spring, I was waiting for a bus in Cairo. Dawn was just breaking, and Tahrir Square, where the bus station was located,
It’s up to India to decide whether to host such a dharma avatar as the Seventeenth Karmapa as a refugee, or to hand the sceptre to a triumphant China.
The XVII Karmapa was not only investigated for money laundering, Indian officials told the media that he was a “Chinese plant” simply because he is the only Tibetan reincarnate lama to be recognized by both China and the Dalai Lama.
The biggest lesson we can learn from witnessing these furious global uprisings for justice and equality is for us to have an organized resistance that can provide a clear vision and strategic direction.
It’s time the true wishes of the Chinese people be expressed. And there’s no one who can do it more effectively than you, Mr Wen.
Tibetan people’s way of life and their outlook towards the world is inextricably linked with Buddhism, which in turn is firmly linked with Tibetan language.
If both the spoken and written language of a people die, then it is as if the entire population of that people has died and the people have been decimated.
China’s condemnation of the Nobel Peace Prize claims that the Nobel Prize for Liu is a ’blasphemy’ and an ’insult’ to the Chinese people and is an imposition of Western values on China.