Once I had a home / A paradise called Sun City Lhasa / Once I knew a peaceful moon and blue sky
’… … to Lithang and back’ / That’s what he said
He slowly gathers up his shaggy herd / To prepares them for the lowlands,
Interpretations of our reality by outsiders telling fantastic tales have turned us into a mono-coloured one-size-fits-all single commodity.
In the cold snowy mountains / In Tibet / Her nomad parents — / named her Tenzin / A privilege worth risking it all.
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.
The bleak scenario in China, perhaps, is an opportunity for the Tibetans to renew their passion, recalibrate their strategies, and be even more focussed in their struggle for a free Tibet.
One of the rare advantages of being born a refugee is that you become bilingual by default.
Poem by Tendor: I heard someone in the street say / This was the year when you lost
The two films tell stories of everyday existence which are distinctively Tibetan stories, but which at the same time address universal themes of struggle and redemption without sentimentality or romanticization.
The Jasmine rallies are likely to spread to other large cities. Popular protest, it seems, has finally reached the shores of China.
Last spring, I was waiting for a bus in Cairo. Dawn was just breaking, and Tahrir Square, where the bus station was located,
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.
Tibetan people’s way of life and their outlook towards the world is inextricably linked with Buddhism, which in turn is firmly linked with Tibetan language.
If both the spoken and written language of a people die, then it is as if the entire population of that people has died and the people have been decimated.