To call Ngabo a patriot and to put him on the same pedestal as the Great Thirteenth is a historical error.
For India to keep Arunachal, based on the McMahon Line, the only choice is to recognise Tibet’s independence. It cannot legitimise the McMahon Line border otherwise.
The Tibetan activist outlines his people’s crucial history of hope in the half century since the March Uprising.
Review by Tsering Namgyal Khortsa of Thubten Samphel’s novel Falling through the Roof: This magnificent novel from India — at once elegiac and exuberant — is in itself proof of the Tibetan resilience.
High Peaks Pure Earth is posting a translation of a post from Woeser’s blog that was posted on 13 January 2009 titled “What kinds of songs are ’reactionary songs'”?.
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.
The Tibetans prided themselves on what they believed to be a unique tradition, the ‘combination of religion and politics’ (chosi zungdrel).
If the printed word could physically emit a stink, then this book would reek not only of dung and putrefaction but the charnel house as well. All the usual words of condemnation: scurrilous, disgusting, abominable, are inadequate to censure the man and his work.
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.
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.
Even in the 90s rural Chinese had been so turned off by such official health-care that they were reverting to treatment by traditional “witch doctors”.
This was China’s attitude to Buddhism in the days of Mao. Why is China now after the Tibetan sun? The answer lies in history.
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.
He was driving in front of him an ox and a donkey laden with manure.
Each man was wearing a tall hat made from paper, and a square plank hung on his chest from the neck. On the plank were each man’s crime and a red cross. One of the men was your father.
The increasingly stringent control imposed since 1994 by China on the works of Tibetan writers in Tibet has effectively muzzled the creative energy that has been oozing from the early eighties.
Memories by Lodey Lhawang, mother of Jamyang Norbu, of the great scholar and poet Gedun Choephel.
couldn’t help but to think about the paradox that become obvious as the conversation progressed. Here was this man, recounting his experiences about his pilgrimage to India, for him the land where Tibetan Buddhism came from, and a life-changing experience in many ways.
What is clear is that Phunwang was the victim of a revolution betrayed. This excellent, detailed account of his life will help future generations to decide for themselves whether he was indeed a good guy or not.