March 26, 2008


The radicalisation of Tibetan youth (B Raman, March 26, 2008, rediff)

The worldwide demonstrations of Tibetans of all ages against China and the uprisings in Greater Tibet since March 10, 2008, have come as the culmination of a long debate in Dharamsala and among Tibetan refugees all over the world, including India, over the wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's continued adherence to his Middle Path policy.

By Middle Path, he meant autonomy not independence and a non-violent struggle to achieve that objective. By autonomy, he meant on the Hong Kong model of one country, two systems; and not the present Chinese model of total integration and Han colonisation in the name of autonomy.

He was seeking a dialogue with the Chinese leadership in the hope of thereby making his Middle Path a reality. [...]

Many thinking Tibetans, Tibetan supporters and China-watchers have now come to honestly conclude that the Chinese have no intention to conduct negotiations. They are only biding time for the Dalai Lama to pass away and in the meantime evade international pressure and condemnation by indulging in periodical delegation diplomacy. It is vitally important that we Tibetans should not fall prey to their devious ploys. Another important matter to be taken into consideration is the so-called Chinese White Paper of May 2007.

With the finality of the tone and tenor of that document, all our hopes for a negotiated settlement on the lines of the One-Nation-Two-Systems theory of Hong Kong and Macao or a genuine autonomy have been dashed irrevocably. The only choice given to the Tibetans is to accept the arrangement under the Tibet Autonomous Region as the best one and return. This, surely, is not the answer to the Middle Path!

Dalai Lama's threat shakes Buddhism
: If he quit as political leader but still headed the faith, it would go against his religion's centuries-old tenet of church-state unity (Ching-Ching Ni, 3/26/08, Los Angeles Times)
"He would resign as the political leader and head of state, but not as the Dalai Lama. He will always be the Dalai Lama," said Tenzin Taklha, a top aide.

That would suggest breaking from Tibetan Buddhism's centuries-old tradition of church and state as one and, more important, would open the possibility that a Dalai Lama could choose his own successor.

"These institutions are made by people; the rules can change from time to time," said Lee Feigon, author of the book "Demystifying Tibet: Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows." "If he were to resign in frustration, it will create worldwide sympathy for him. If he could choose his own successor, he would be around to help train him and give him legitimacy. Even the threat of doing it should give the Chinese government pause."

...but his inability to distinguish between the effectiveness of non-violence in the Anglosphere, where the government is decent, and in a totalitarian state, where it's evil, has been a disaster for his people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 26, 2008 7:39 AM

Coming from one of the former top bosses at RAW
(Indian intelligence)that's a notable detail. Remember India has almost ways been an opponent
of China. The Dalai Lama has a casr of Ghandi's syndrome

Posted by: narciso at March 26, 2008 9:51 AM