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By piercing eye, April 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
Any one interested in Tibet issue is kindly requested to read Dalai Lama’s “Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet”. It is available on internet and you can easily get it. Read between the lines and get the true meaning behind the flowery language. What is his real intention? If any sovereinty state can tolerate the similar action on his land, I am sure Chinese can tolerate it. If no state can accept it, why should chinese be an exception?
By Cine, April 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment
As the above poster has said it isn’t about peace. There can never be peace without justice. If Tibetans wanted peace they would shut-up and do as China wishes. Tibetans clearly don’t not want peace. They want their country back.
The second point I’d make is about the small type above the Tibetan script. Don’t make-out that Tibet is the only centre of injustice today. What about Palestine? What about Iraq? What about Somalia? What about Dafur? What about Western Sahara? I’m sure there are many more one could ad to this list? What about spelling peace in those languages?
By Douglas Chalmers, April 7, 2008 at 7:46 am Link to this comment
Unfortunately, its not about peace, or “freedom”, or human rights, or the Olympics or even Buddhism. Its simply about Tibetan INDEPENDENCE!
So much so, in fact, that Tibetans (expatriates/refugees and their children) are now fighting against even their own government-in-exile in Dharamsala and their own Dalai Lama as well as fighting China.
While the Dalai Lama and his people ahve been quietly trying to negotiate a peace deal and new terms for Tibet’s relationship with China, the Tibetan people have apparently chosen not to wait as their frustrations boil over.
The situation is now so contentious that the outcome is far less predictable than before. It is in China’s hands how far things will go but they have to face the full force of the adverse publicity now being generated by different interest groups.
In the Tibetan community Phayul.com website which has a picture of the Dalai Lama at the top of every page, there is an article, “Don’t Stop the Revolution!” by Jamyang Norbu:-
The Tibetans, clergy and lay, are not a vengeful people, but they are not going to settle for anything less than an independent Tibet…... The Tibetan leadership does not seem to have grasped it at all. At such a profoundly historic moment, the actions of the exile government in Dharamshala come across as incomprehensible…..
On March 17th, the Dalai Lama summoned the leaders of the five organizations that had united to create the Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement and organized the various demonstrations in India and throughout the world, and also organized the peace march to Tibet. The Dalai Lama ordered them to halt their march to Tibet…....
Then under the direction of the Prime Minister Samdhong Rimpoche, the exile cabinet and parliament created a special “Solidarity Committee” to take over the various independent campaigns and activities taking place around the world. It appears that members of the Committee approached the leaders and representative of these campaigns and organizations, and instructed them to terminate their independent activities and operate under the direction of the Committee…......
Prime Minister Samdhong Rimpoche also…. offered lavish praise on the efforts of the protesters in Tibet. But then strangely he began to criticize those protesters and activists in India and the West. He asked, somewhat sarcastically, whether these people thought that they could achieve beyond what the Dalai Lama had done? He directed his criticism particularly at the Tibetan Youth Congress…... he specified an occasion a year ago when the Youth Congress organized a major demonstration in Delhi against the Chinese. It coincided with the time when the Dalai Lama was in Delhi….. Rimpoche angrily demanded to know why the organizers chose the very day when the Dalai Lama was in Delhi. Was it their intention to sabotage what the Dalai Lama was doing…....
The Tibetan leadership is playing with fire….. it might achieve its goal of “stopping the crisis”, but that would be the end of the exile government. I don’t see anyone listening to it anymore. On the other hand Tibetan activists and protesters might become outraged and beat up a Committee representative or even be provoked enough to demonstrate before the Office of Tibet in New York City or ICT in Washington DC. It would be tremendously embarrassing for the exile government and the Dalai Lama…..
Also check the readers’comments (forum) at the foot of the article - and see http://stoptibetcrisis.net/