If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms, Assume You Have the Illness, Even if You Test Negative

By Harlan M. Krumholz, M. D. April, 2, 2020

Just because a coronavirus test says you don’t have the virus doesn’t mean you aren’t infected — or infectious.

You had some exposure that may put you at risk for coronavirus. A few days later you come down with a bad cough yourself and feel a little short of breath and really tired. You take your temperature: 101 degrees. A fever. 

New Delhi successful in alienating Karmapa

By Lobsang Wangyal | February 2, 2019 |

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, in his New Year message to millions of his followers around the world, wished them good health, peace, and contentment. “I pray that in the year ahead we will all strive together in harmony and unity for the welfare of the earth and for the sake of all sentient beings,” he said. He released this message from Germany, although he is now based mostly in the US.

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

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

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?