Take care and make sure that Rangzen is not killed.
A bucketful of cold, conservative water was poured over this historic meeting at a critical period in our history due to pettiness and unwillingness to move beyond our comfort zones. None of the recommendations moved beyond the regular campaigns and initiatives already being implemented by various Tibetans communities. An opportunity to send a clear message of support to our brethren inside was missed.
The Tibetans prided themselves on what they believed to be a unique tradition, the ‘combination of religion and politics’ (chosi zungdrel).
Diary by Tashibod: A glimpse into life in a remote Tibetan area as the Olympics were being celebrated in Beijing; originally posted in Chinese.
Smith is clearly aware of the numerous mistakes and even cupidity of the Tibetans in their dealings with China, but correctly sees these as secondary, sometimes even irrelevant to the overpowering reality of China’s brutal occupation and relentless assimilation of Tibet.
“If Chinese citizens can watch the torch when it passes through other cities, why can’t we? Are we not citizens of this country?”
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.
If we want to be non-violent, we should be so out of genuine moral conviction, not as a roundabout way to ingratiate ourselves with the Chinese Communist dictators.
The March to Tibet began from Dharamsala on 10th March, the same day similar uprisings happened all around the world, organized by Tibetans and Tibet supporters, even in Tibet — a global Tibetan uprising.
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.
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.
Why is his blood so hot? They ask, / And I tell them — / That you were orphaned by circumstances
Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: Run, Run, The Ones Who Run / Run from God’s Earth
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.
Though most of us have never been to Tibet, the emotional attachment is strong. We’ve settled far and wide but we’re not welcome in our own home.