Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: When in the Beijing Olympics / Win for free speech / Run for human rights
How will Beijing proceed after the historic Tibetan uprising of March 2008? And how will the Tibetans themselves?
Dharamshala’s hope, of course, is that if the crisis is stopped it could go back trying to negotiate with Beijing. In spite of all that has happened in Tibet our leaders completely fail to see that this will never happen.
Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: Run, Run, The Ones Who Run / Run from God’s Earth
It is vital that we have a strong and unquestionably genuine democratic government that can unite all Tibetans to face and overcome such attacks on their religion and sacred institutions and ensure that the 15th Dalai Lama returns safely to his own people.
If in future the Tibetan Government-in-Exile stops issuing politically important documents like the 10 March statement with their contents attributed to His Holiness, then we will have fulfilled the Dalai Lama’s assertion that His Holiness is now semi-retired and does not involve himself in active politics.
Chinese propaganda would be a truly frightening thing if it achieved the level of success that the government hopes or believes that it does.
You might also ask how can denying China the right to host the Olympics for the second time help bring China in the global family?
It has been a long journey of shifting Chinese images for exile Tibetans.
Tibet, Tibet. The title of Patrick French’s latest book intrigued me. Vaguely suggestive of a biblical lament, it also hinted at a kind of patient reproach, of the sort that Sir Isaac Newton is said to have dished out to his pet dog after it knocked over a candle and set fire to his research papers.
Though exotic Tibet sells in the West, there are hardly any takers when it comes to tackling the real issue. The issue is Independence!
Tibetans in exile have shown the world that Tibetan culture, although aged, is living and well, thank you.
China has not met even the minimum of requirements to qualify for acceptance as a democracy.
Tenzing and Ritu travel to Kumbum, Takster, Lhasa, and Sangta in Tibet.
The Karmapa’s escape reminded us forcefully that the cause we are fighting for is alive and just and as desperate as ever.
“How can I not return? Our home is there. If we all leave, to whom will Tibet be left?” … Later while Norway — the symbol of the free world — was gradually left behind, two streams of tears silently ran down Nyima Tsering’s bony cheeks.
Ram can claim neither the fire of idealism nor the smokescreen of ignorance to justify his unquestioning promotion of the totalitarian Beijing regime and its colonial hold on Tibet.
The Potala has never been, with the changing of time and space, so colourful, so odd, and even helpless and sad, as it has been during this half century.
Given that China is a totalitarian state, there is no way it can accept the Middle Way approach without itself first undergoing a major transformation.
Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: The Chinese have a way with art / That comes not from the heart