The fate of freedom in Tibet hinges on democracy in China

The death last month of Lodi Gyari, who as the Dalai Lama’s special envoy conducted nine rounds of negotiations with Beijing over Tibet’s status, offers an occasion to reflect on the increasingly troubled relationship between the United States and China.

Exiled Tibetans are confused about future

By Jayadeva Ranade | July 30, 2018 |

Different Buddhist sects are quietly building bridges with Beijing.

 For a while now there has been some confusion regarding the future among the almost 150,000-strong exiled Tibetans resident in India. There is similar uncertainty regarding the future direction in the wider community of Tibetan exiles settled abroad. 

'Secret City' is a true story

By Tendar Tsering | July 1, 2018 |
 Being glued to the television is my new addiction. And while surfing through Netflix, I came across with an Australian political drama, 'Secret City' several times but I never thought it is all about Tibet until I saw a post on Facebook saying, "the opening scene of 'Secret City' is a foreign woman self-immolating for a free Tibet."  

Tibet is not a card

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By Suhasini Haidar   June 21, 2018

India must refresh its overseas China policy and its domestic engagement with the Tibetan community. 
The government’s bid to ease tensions with China has been met with some criticism, particularly over a leaked memo to officials telling them to stay away from events that commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s 1959 flight to India. This has led to the cancellation of several public events related to Tibet. Much of the criticism stems from the perception that the government is attempting to appease China by giving up its “Tibet card”. Clearly, giving in to China’s aggression on the subject is the wrong pretext to nuance its Tibet policy, and as the government has said, where the Dalai Lama goes within India is a sovereign issue. However, the bigger error may be for the government to be using Tibetan refugees in India as a card in its relations with China.

Between worlds: 60 years of the Tibetan community in India


By Vidya Vankat  June 20, 2018
Sitting in Dekchang’s Koko Restaurant in Majnu ka Tilla, a Tibetan resettlement colony, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of New Delhi. Everything about the place evokes nostalgia for a lost homeland, from the serene Buddhist chant playing to the walls adorned with paintings capturing everyday scenes from rural Tibet — middle-aged men and women bent over their barley fields, Tibetan prayer flags fluttering atop a temple pagoda flanked by tall mountains — except that, as its Tibetan owner says nonchalantly, “I have never seen Tibet…”

The Unintended Consequences of India’s Policy on Citizenship for Tibetan Refugees

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By Dr. Yeshi Choedon | March 1, 2018 |

Most Tibetan refugees arrived in India after the failed revolt against Chinese rule in March 1959. After the defeat of the Tibetan army at the Battle of Chamdo and the signing of the 17 point agreement of May 1951 set the stage for China’s occupation of Tibet, the Tibetan Government did make attempts to adjust to the situation. However, the unrest started after the realisation that China was satisfied not just with the occupation of Tibetan territory but was aiming at the systematic destruction of Tibetan civilization and its complete sinicization. A full-scale national uprising against China’s rule erupted on 10 March 1959, but it was crushed by Chinese military might. This event led to the flight of the Dalai Lama and around 8000 Tibetans, seeking refuge in India and other neighbouring South Asian countries.

Myanmar: China’s new playground?

By Col R Hariharan | Dec. 10, 2017 |
The first-ever visit of Pope Francis to Myanmar to convey a message of peace and conciliation to the nation wracked by ethnic confrontation is perhaps the latest among international efforts to defuse the Rohingya crisis. This year, the Pontiff had appealed twice to Myanmar government to end the campaign of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya minority from his balcony overlooking the St Peter’s square in Rome. However, his failure to mention Rohingyas in his meeting with Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at Naypyidaw is significant. Perhaps, the fear that the use of R word would trigger anti-Christian backlash, rather than diplomatic nicety, prevented the Prince of Rome from specifically referring to Rohingya.

Is India bracing for the potential fallouts?

Chinese national flag raised in
front of Potala Palace in Tibet
By P. Stobdan | December 4, 2017 | The impact of the 19th Communist Party of China congress and affirmation of President Xi Jinping as China’s ‘most powerful’ leader in decades seems already to be having a bearing on India – especially on the ‘Tibet Issue’ that deeply intersects with boundary problem. Is India bracing for the potential fallout?

The Last Journey of a Great Tibetan Soldier

By Vijay Kranti | Nov. 25, 2017 |
The sun finally went down on one more brave Tibetan. It was a very touching moment when the last remains of great Tibetan freedom fighter and Indian Armyman RATUK NGAWANG were consigned to flames yesterday ((13th Feb 2016) at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi. He passed away very peacefully on 7th Feb at around 5.30 pm at his home in Majnu Ka Tila Tibetan settlement in Delhi. 

WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND

By Mark Austin  |Nov. 17, 2017|
Cover page of Two More Years
 Leave your occupied country, and your family, for an outside chance at a better life. Know that in doing so you will see neither again for many years—if ever. Or stay, and see your whole life stretch ahead of you, a prisoner in your own land.