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.
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.
He was driving in front of him an ox and a donkey laden with manure.
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.
Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: I cry, in sorrow, / For those who / Would give up the light
Independence is not only our natural and legal right — it is the express wish of the Tibetan people at large.
Independence is the one aspiration that can unite all Tibetans, whether inside or outside Tibet.
Four decades after the CIA first got involved in Tibet, Roger McCarthy looks back and sums up its outcome: “If we look at what we did to Tibet as about the best that we could do, then I say that we have failed … miserably.”
How easily we forget that / A passionately new dawn / Sinks into cloudy darkness,
The dawn is here now / I foresee, a happy free Tibet / And our day will soon be here.
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.
As the purple sky kisses the horizon once again / Life retires in the warmth of the chimney fire,
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.