Monday, January 02, 2006

The Struggle for Tibet: Is It Destined to Fail?

The Beijing-sanctioned 11th Panchen Lama in a recent interview claimed that he had been free to pursue his religious practices under the tutelage of the Chinese government. In a blatant attempt to please his Chinese protectors, he went on to claim that the Tibetans are enjoying freedom like never before. Dalai Lama has retorted and, in an attempt to clarify the situation in Tibet, has categorically rejected Panchen Lama’s assertions. He has made it clear that human rights abuses remain the norm in Tibet and Tibetan monks are being tortured and killed by the Chinese authorities. Dalai Lama has spoken with such bitterness towards the Chinese authorities after a long time. For long, he had been hoping that he would be able to bring the Chinese authorities towards some sort of a compromise position. But he has failed and China has continued with its repressive policies towards the Tibetans. The political struggle of Tibetan Buddhism is at a crossroads as life after the Dalai Lama remains highly uncertain even as the pace of immigration of Han Chinese is bound to go up even further with the opening of a railway linking central Tibet with China. Despite four rounds of talks between the Dalai Lama's representatives and Chinese officials since 2002, nothing concrete has emerged and China seems to be merely buying time. With China being seen as the next superpower, the international community also seems to be forgetting the struggle in Tibet. Are Tibetans on the wrong side of history?

2 Comments:

Blogger WorkOutWellForAll said...

The problem with the whole Free Tibet campaign, is that it criticizes China from the PRESUMED standpoint of the 'freedom' and 'democracy' of US capitalism.

THAT is a much bigger lie and joke than anyhting that the Chinese Communist government puts out there.

If the capitalist West were caring for Lhasa, there would be more prostitutes, pornography, drugs, misery, and horror.

At least the Chinese actually build wells, schools, etc.Yes, some of their tactics were probably strong-handed.

But before you denounce the 'bad guys', thinking you are on the side of the 'good guys' -- check to see if you are actually an unthinking stooge of capitalism.

Check out how bad here

January 02, 2006 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with the Tibet movement is that it has lost it's objective.

"Free Tibet" movement had a very simple and clear message. The goal of Free Tibet -- whether one believes Tibet can be free or not -- captured the imagination of the Tibetans and the supporters all over the world.

The Dalai Lama's solution through "Middle Way" does not provide a clear objective. The "Middle Way" solution of a Tibet within Greater China is a compromise that pleases no one. It has confused and taken the momentum away from the Tibetans and the supporters.

For Tibet to survive, the message and goal has to be to FREE TIBET.

The US's interest for Tibet is simply to further their own objectives. The Tibetan leadership should not be naive about it.

January 07, 2006 11:51 AM  

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