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.
His Holiness simply wants to be one among the Tibetans and continue to serve the cause of Tibet.
Last Sunday on October 3rd, thousands of Tibetans went to the polls to vote for the Prime Minister and MPs of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.
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.
Take care and make sure that Rangzen is not killed.
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?
Article by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: One shiny day, no matter how long it takes, Tibet will be free and independent if only we continue the struggle.
Independence is the one aspiration that can unite all Tibetans, whether inside or outside Tibet.
How easily we forget that / A passionately new dawn / Sinks into cloudy darkness,
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.
Tempting as it is to quote and discuss more lines from this book, I would prefer the readers make their own judgement. But the temptation itself speaks to how profound an experience the read would be. For Tibetan readers, it will be like venturing into the familiar terrain as one after another recognisable characters/images pop up every now and then.
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.