The taking of firm roots of a free, boisterous press in the Tibetan refugee community has facilitated the Dalai Lama’s own efforts at the democratisation of the exile Tibetan polity.
So, let’s start with the place, the whole place. Not as it is now, nor as it was, but as it is reflected in literature.
A short biography of Lhamo Tsering, Tibetan resistance leader, chief liaison officer between the CIA and the rebel forces, and Minister for Security at CTA.
Dharamshala seems to be getting crowded these days. Earlier, the only crowd was the white crowd of the British Raj. But they left when the empire folded up.
The revival of Lhamo (Tibetan opera) in exile Tibetan society, and a history of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Though exotic Tibet sells in the West, there are hardly any takers when it comes to tackling the real issue. The issue is Independence!
An account by Lodey Lhawang, mother of Jamyang Norbu, of her family, and a family trip in Tibet about 1927 when she was nine years old.
“None of us there had any doubts about the genuineness of the oracle. Perhaps it’s just that their days are over, and it’s another sort of world now.”
The new flowers that bloom will find wisdom in the words of these people… and through words their names will be remembered and honoured.
The entire business of countries having specific “national” flags is in itself a fairly recent development, and a quite artificial one at that.
When Wen Jiabao comes to India to talk business and border, we must remind him that he has been eating out of Tibet, and raise the issue that China cannot dance on our backs and yet shake hands with India.
The literary works of young exile Tibetans are a raw and unpolished burst of energy that springs from their deeply wounded souls.
What can we offer and what can we do for our sisters and brothers in Tibet? What can we do for our sisters and brothers in this shrinking global village?
Tibetans in exile have shown the world that Tibetan culture, although aged, is living and well, thank you.
Ask me where I’m from and I won’t have an answer.
China has not met even the minimum of requirements to qualify for acceptance as a democracy.
Independence is not only our natural and legal right — it is the express wish of the Tibetan people at large.
We cannot and we will not regain our lost freedom simply by talking about it or even by praying, hoping and waiting for it. We must rise up and fight for freedom.
Tenzing and Ritu travel to Kumbum, Takster, Lhasa, and Sangta in Tibet.
Independence is the one aspiration that can unite all Tibetans, whether inside or outside Tibet.