On April 26, 2012

 Thank you ལོ་ལོ།

For keeping alive our history, memory and mortality

Thank you ལོ་ལོ།

For teaching us what true love and compassion is

Thank you ལོ་ལོ།

For your wisdom

That truth

Is but a union of Ume-lam and Rangzen

Thank you ལོ་ལོ།

For giving us hope

Joys and sorrows

Thank you ལོ་ལོ།

For bringing tears in eyes

but smiles on my lips



A Gentleman in True Spirit

On April 25, 2012

By Tenzin Lekshay

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets Shri Brij Bhushan Tiwari in Dharamshala on 08 August 2011 (Photo: OHHDL)

The morning seemed bright with sunshine, despite the unpredictable weather that constantly irk us with thunder light and shower amidst the best season of Dharamshala. Even though today’s weather seemed perfect, the news of the sudden and sad demise of Shri Brij Bhushan Tiwari ji cast down a thick cloud of sadness.

A day before he took a solemn oath as a member of Indian Parliament along with 50 odd legislators. We were overjoyed with his new responsibility, but it remained short-lived as he left this earthly world due to a severe heart attack. We are inconsolably sad as he departed us physically, when we needed him the most. But his contribution will remain immortal in the struggle for Tibetan freedom. He shall be remembered for his meritorious and unconditional support for Tibet till his last breath. Tibetans and Tibetan supporters all over the world will dearly miss him and shall pray for his swift rebirth.

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Gabriel Lafitte, an Australian is a public policy analyst who has worked with Tibetans for over 30 years, most recently as consultant to the Environment & Development Desk of Central Tibetan Administration. He has written on development models suitable for Tibet, resource exploitation, education and basic needs, poverty, urbanisation, and the ways Tibetans accommodate modernity without embracing colonisation. He recently retired from teaching Asian Studies at universities in Melbourne, Australia.

Gabriel Lafitte is currently in Dharamshala for two weeks. Taking this opportunity, Tibet Policy Institute convened two seminars, where he made presentations on ‘Erasing Tibetan Ethnic Identity from Chinese Citizenship: Will it happen? What are the consequences?’ on 22 March 2012 and ‘Representing Tibetan Environment and Development: What do we mean by our ten top key phrases?’ on 29 March 2012 respectively.

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By Thubten Samphel, Tibet Policy Institute

When you run out of arguments, you resort to name-calling. China is doing just that. It compares His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Hitler and the Tibetan proposal to regulate the flow of Chinese settlers onto the plateau as a Holocaust, an act of the Nazis. This was splashed on the 24 March edition of China Tibet Online and other state news organs. Mighty China, the next superpower, bristling with military hardware and awashed in hard cash, equating a lone exile to Hitler, the man who started World War II, made international news.

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By Dhundup Gyalpo

“Shocking, outrageous and totally unacceptable”: This is how the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization, characterized the Chinese media’s attempt to draw an analogy between Nobel Peace Laureate Dalai Lama and the Nazi perpetrator of the World War II Holocaust. The Center demanded that China Tibet Online and the Xinhua News Agency apologize for slandering the Dalai Lama and denigrating the holocaust victims.

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Journey to Freedom

On April 2, 2012

By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

We have journeyed over land and sea

And traversed thousands and thousands of miles

Many have adopted new countries

And many more remain prisoners in their own country

Under the illegal, tyrannical rule of China

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