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.
Since the politics of Dharamshala now seem to be a equally shrouded in mystery and silence as those of the most uncommunicative totalitarian nation,
Goldstein provides us a detailed thirteen-page account of the “Tibet Improvement Party”, which wanted to bring about a “revolutionary restructuring of the Tibetan government and society.
What made many in the Tibetan world stand up and pay attention to Professor Melvyn Goldstein’s A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State was the unmistakable impression that here was a radical reinterpretation of Tibetan history.
In spite of the unmistakable political message from Lhasa, there were attempts in the Western media to interpret the protests largely in economic terms – Tibetan dissatisfaction growing from the absence of economic opportunities.
In Beijing’s case one important reason for hosting the Olympics is, without doubt, to rehabilitate its image; to reprogram people’s memories about the past.
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.
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.
Memories by Lodey Lhawang, mother of Jamyang Norbu, of the great scholar and poet Gedun Choephel.
This piece was written to remind Tibetans of the forgotten anniversary of our national revolution. All Tibetans need to be reminded of this, especially those who made it into exile.
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.
The revival of Lhamo (Tibetan opera) in exile Tibetan society, and a history of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
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 entire business of countries having specific “national” flags is in itself a fairly recent development, and a quite artificial one at that.
China has not met even the minimum of requirements to qualify for acceptance as a democracy.
Review of Jamyang Norbu’s ‘Buying the Dragon’s Teeth’ by Dr. Warren Smith: It is characterized by his usual superb writing style and should be read for its analysis of China’s human rights abuse alone.
We would have to consider Khyentse Norbu’s Phorpa (The Cup) to be the first proper full-length Tibetan feature film, the work of eminent lama Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rimpoche.
With so much energy and spirit, perhaps the Dalai Lama can begin to accomplish in life what many fear can happen only after his death.