Let’s be honest

On March 19, 2012

By Tenzin Nyinjey

The last thing I do is read government publications. And the least of these are the ones produced by the Chinese government. Life is short and we have plenty of beautiful stuffs out there to read that can genuinely empower us. So why waste time by reading propagandas that are not even taken seriously by folks who produce them?

But this time I was a bit intrigued by an article published on some Tibet-China online, responding to Kalon Tripa’s speech on the recently-concluded 53rd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. For the Chinese have done this after a long time, if I am not mistaken. 

Obviously, the response is prompted by two historic moments in Tibetan struggle. The first is the official retirement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from the Tibetan political scene and his succession, through democratic elections, by Lobsang Sangay-la. The second is the ongoing self-immolations inside Tibet by our fellow Tibetan brothers and sisters.

And both these developments overlap: they are the two-sides of our struggle for freedom from Chinese occupation. Both these developments threaten our adversary. As an authoritarian regime, democracy is China’s curse, and as a foreign occupying power in Tibet, resistance, in whatever forms, its bane.

No wonder such powerful truths are not within the capacity of the Chinese regime to grasp. So, the only thing they could do is enter into a self-denial mode—that is hide, conceal and tell lies to themselves and their own people and somehow hope that they could get away with them.

So what is the article really about? Nothing new of course! It makes the usual false accusations, whose only silver lining perhaps is that they remind us the blind hubris and delusion of the Chinese government. It says the protests inside Tibet are not peaceful and denies Chinese police ever shooting on Tibetans. It thinks 20-year-old Tsering Kyi self-immolated due to ‘heavy study pressure!’

What is annoying, however, is the article seems to be so furious at our demand for the withdrawal of Chinese troops and Chinese from Tibet – our demand to end occupation and freedom!

Do we really have to insult comrades Hu and Wen’s intelligence by asserting that no proud people on this earth can tolerate foreigners occupying and colonizing their lands?

Do we really need to ask our Chinese brothers and sisters what was their reaction when Japanese occupying forces were marauding their lands in early part of the twentieth century?

Do we have to ask them what would they feel if there are—say—more Japanese or Americans in Beijing than Chinese, like there are more Chinese than Tibetans in Lhasa today?

The writer works at Kashag Secretariat, Central Tibetan Administration.

(The views expressed here are that of the author and shall not be regarded as views and policies of Central Tibetan Administration.)


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