In the cold snowy mountains / In Tibet / Her nomad parents — / named her Tenzin / A privilege worth risking it all.
For as long as the West continues to play salesman rather than statesman, placing commercial opportunity above moral rectitude, Tsundue faces a solitary mission.
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.
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.
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.
Articulate young activists are at the forefront in our struggle to skilfully stand up to the tyrannies of occupation with fortitude and honour.
We are becoming more like international pets where we are petted and stroked for being pacifists while the Chinese continue and strengthen their hold in Tibet.
Since the politics of Dharamshala now seem to be a equally shrouded in mystery and silence as those of the most uncommunicative totalitarian nation,
Despite its economic growth, today’s China is no fairer than the serfdom that Beijing is loudly shouting about.
For India to keep Arunachal, based on the McMahon Line, the only choice is to recognise Tibet’s independence. It cannot legitimise the McMahon Line border otherwise.
Whatever we spoke for was all for the freedom of Tibet and our main concern was for our brethren inside Tibet who are living under Chinese occupation.
We as citizens of Tibet living in the free world must be more responsible and not always take for granted the benefits of being Tibetans or being the people of the Dalai Lama.
He did not keep silent because of fear, on the contrary, he was willing to allow me to record and make public his experience full of fear. Why?
They came to clean the streets, and what they wiped out were us Tibetans, because we are garbage in their eyes.
Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: For years you have labored for our freedom / To realize our rights and our own kingdom
What we exile Tibetans can do is to strengthen our democratic foundations by exercising our rights to free expression and action.
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.