By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 5 November 2008
More than 50 years of Chinese rule in Tibet has threatened the very fabric of Tibetan life in their own country. Their leader, the Dalai Lama, was forced to flee into exile in India. China’s repressive policies have aimed at Tibetan cultural genocide.
China has adopted a policy of waiting for the Dalai Lama to die, assuming that the Tibetan issue will also be buried with his demise.
The Dalai Lama has followed a policy of rapprochement and pursued a process of dialogue between his envoys and the Chinese leaders to achieve greater autonomy for Tibetans to practice their culture and protect their environment in Tibet. Recently he expressed hopelessness regarding the talks.
He has said repeatedly that he was not seeking independence for Tibet anymore, but China has consistently vilified and attacked him as a separatist, frustrating him to the point of saying that his faith in Chinese leaders is shrinking, and calling for a special meeting from 17 to 22 November for Tibetans to decide on the future strategy of the Tibetan movement.
The Dalai Lama is frustrated, and so are the Tibetans. What should be done now? Should there be a shift from the current policy of trying to obtain autonomy? What should be the strategy to achieve the goal? Should the post Dalai Lama situation be talked about during the meeting? Should the meeting also be taken as an opportunity to search for candidates for the next Prime Minister, considering Samdhong Rinpoche’s second term in office ends in 2011?
Share your views before the crucial meeting of leading Tibetan exiles that will shape the future of Tibet.