Fifty years of occupation. What should be done for the future of Tibet?

The road to free Tibet

The road to free Tibet. Tibet Sun Graphics

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.

What should be done for the future of Tibet?

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  1. 6.
    Dolma Tsering says:on 9 November 2011 at 2:02 pm

    The forceful occupation of communist china has taught us enough lessons to be bold and intelligent in our fight for freedom movement.

    The fact is that today our youth are highly educated and we are walking shoulder to shoulder with this 21st century. We know our history and we will never get fooled again.
    Regarding our future, His Holiness has plan for future Tibet because of which he declared semi-retirement from politics and urged the people to elect Kalon Tripa. This time for Tibetan people to do something. Yes we are frustrated, but we have plans and we are preparing for our future. Dr Losang Sangyal is doing pretty good with his latest visit to Washington.

    Looking at the current situation, we have a list of development and achievements since 1949 in our struggle for freedom. We are still high in our nationalistic spirit and we are fighting and will continue to fight until we accomplish our mission and free Tibet.

    My dear Tibetans, we need unity and truth in our cause, from Kalon Tripa to the local Tibetan. We need sincerity in being Tibetan. We have a great leader like His Holiness to do something.

    Please be truthful in being Tibetan.

  2. 5.
    Tsoltim N. Shakabpa says:on 16 August 2011 at 8:52 pm

    To figure out what must be done for the future, we must first study the past. Therefore, it is very important to learn about our past history.


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  3. 4.
    Jigmeling says:on 16 December 2008 at 6:51 am

    First of all we should dissolve our exiled government — because of this structure all the exiled Tibetans are more busy in playing dirty politics in Dharamshala, for Dharamshala as if that is the final place. And people like Lodi Gyari, Dolmas are abusing this TGiE by using, misusing and abusing the sacred name and presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to continue their primitive hold and control over the poor and helpless Tibetans. We need to get rid of such people as soon as possible to save our future.

    We lost our country because of these corrupt and feudal people when His Holiness was young, and these people never developed international relations with any country, even with India. We are depending only on religious connection with India. Today Lodi Gyari is busy serving Chinese interest more faithfully by pretending to be Dalai Lama’s representative and envoy.

    So let’s not tolerate these people first and be ready to sacrifice ourselves for Tibet. We have been busy talking, talking and talking but did nothing concrete on our own and now we have educated younger generations and should take over the role from people like Lodi Gyari, Dolma and Karma S to save our future which is more fragile now than ever in our history.

    Hope Buddha guides us all to see the reason and open our eyes to see the truth and speak the truth and support the truth. So let’s sacrifice our selves first…..this is the first step towards right solutions….Meetings will never give us solutions but more headaches and confusions because these meetings are actually cheating classes.

    So expect nothing and do everything for Tibet. Rangzen

  4. 3.
    Tsetan says:on 12 November 2008 at 6:46 am

    Can the young Tibetans say “YES WE CAN”?

    Barack Obama is elected as the next President of US creating an unprecedented history. Compared to the previous Presidents of US, he is very young. This is a generational thing demonstrating the capability of the young generation. Looking at this amazing change of leadership in US, isn’t it inspiring for the young Tibetans to accept the challenge to be leaders in Tibetan society at this critical time of Tibetan history by saying “YES WE CAN”.

    Like it or not. Can or can not. Today’s young Tibetans are responsible for the future of Tibet. So, I think, for the future of Tibet, Tibetan youth should start getting pro-active, responsible and passionate about our cause.

    Each passing year, we see many elder generation, especially eminent leaders are dying one by one. His Holiness Dalai lama is 74 and we should accept the bitter reality that His Holiness is in human form and will not live forever.

    His Holiness has always considered Tibetan youth so important that he dearly called them “Future seeds of Tibet”. However, these “future seeds of Tibet” haven’t been able to impress His Holiness. During the recent TCV anniversary in Dharamshala, His Holiness lamented the lack of specialists in the exile community and re-emphasized to youths to specialize in different fields in order to be able to fill the intellectual and professional vacuums in Tibetan society.

    Our parent’s generation, who came to exile without any education and resources, worked very hard for the present self-reliant economic situation of the exile community which is much appreciated in the world. However, realizing the power of education and the lack of it causing the loss of Tibetan independence, the ageing elder generations expect a lot from the young generation of Tibetans because of the educational opportunities we have.

    Generally, people say politics is a dirty game. But in the case of Tibetan politics, we cannot leave it for the elder generation alone to handle because what they do with the politics today will affect us, our life and future of Tibet. Therefore, the young Tibetans should be serious to participate in the politics of Tibet so that we do not end up blaming our elders later for the future Tibetan situation.

    In such a scenario, are we, the young generation of Tibetans, up to the expectations? Are we going to let them down? Are we believers of Karma to be so irresponsible to ignore such a justified, noble and dear cause?

    Keeping these in mind, if we do our part sincerely, when we get old, we can tell the younger generation of Tibetans “We did our best. YES YOU TOO CAN.” Otherwise, the future generation will not have respect for us, and we too will have this big guilt of wasting our times of YOUTH.

    As the historic emergency meeting of Tibet is going to be held very soon, we, the young Tibetans, should do serious soul searching regarding how to rededicate ourselves for the future of Tibet.

    • 2.
      Randy says:on 18 August 2012 at 7:50 am

      i saw many times most of the older people are showing emotional sorts of crying when they hear or see Kundun. i think they are really tightly bound by faith and devotion. Some might be worrying about His Holiness. I get some fortunate tear when i see His Holiness tireless efforts.

  5. 1.
    Jigdal says:on 7 November 2008 at 6:40 am

    brothers and sisters,
    we never been this united since the bold display of courage and sacrifice by our Tibetan brothers and sisters in Tibet this march.

    never before i have felt this alive and hopeful that once again we can restore our spirit of Rangzen!

    Despite the relentless and genuine efforts of His Holiness, the Chinese govt. has never for once reciprocated in a sign of humility and sincerity.

    But today the time has come to tell the world that we are one people, one nation!

    Let this be a defining moment — a moment that even if many countries have compromised our truth, we, the people of Tibet, will never do so no matter what.

    Let this be the day that once again our heart and soul are rekindled with the spirit of Rangzen!

    Make your streets echo, like those bygone days of 60s and 70s, with the sound and spirit of Rangzen !

    So let us unite and make the Rangzen the answer to the call during the upcoming emergency meeting this month.

    Let us make it heard everywhere. be it by word of mouth, a simple call, blog, text messages, articles, news papers, or any other.

    “that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope.

    And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.” —Barack Obama

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