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. 

The Trojan Horse Dilemma of the Confucius Institute

By Tenzing Wangdak | Nov. 15, 2017 |
China’s rise in the international theatre has been cause for bouts of nervousness among its neighboring countries and within the U.S. and European corridors of power. As U.S. Sinologist David Shambaugh argues, how China uses its power on the global scene and how it shapes future global affairs will be “the grand strategic questions of our era.” China’s rise has certainly peaked in the economic and military field, yet its bargaining power as a trusted and influential player on the global stage remains weak.

Grace in Disguise

This is the actual statement made
by the parents of the deceased.
By Tendar Tsering | Sept. 15, 2017 |
Tom was workaholic and friendly with everyone at his work. It was Tom, who would serve coffee, or make print copies for everyone. Every time. Every day. He was like that as long as he could remember. But in recent years, things had changed, and so was Tom. 

What China Wants By Provoking India At Sikkim Border

By Chandan Mitra | June 29, 2017 |

Those who saw the quasi-friendly, quasi-hostile sledging between Indian and Chinese soldiers on a barren patch of land strewn with stones, apparently near the Nathu La Pass on the Sikkim-Tibet border, must have been left quite bewildered. The first reaction of most would have been that some harmless jostling was in progress in inhospitable heights where Indian and Chinese forward positions exist face-to-face across an unmarked border. But when Chinese troops unceremoniously pushed back a batch of Indian pilgrims and stopped them from proceeding to Kailash-Mansarovar, matters looked more serious than initially thought.

President Trump, meet the Dalai Lama

By Lobsang Sangay | May 24, 2017 |
The Dalai Lama
On his first foreign trip, President Trump has met with King Salman in Saudi Arabia, the home of Mecca and Medina, the holiest shrines of Islam. He met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel and visited the Western Wall, all that remains of the Jewish Temple Mount. And he then met with Pope Francis in the Vatican.

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

By Jayadeva Ranade | May 21, 2017 |
The upcoming 19th Congress of the nearly 88-million strong Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is important not only for Xi Jinping and China, but potentially for China’s neighbours and the world. It will consolidate the course on which China is set.

TWO MORE YEARS: A Memoir Book in the Making

By Tendar Tsering | May 8, 2017 |

I could call my family in Tibet twice a year, but they couldn’t contact me. There was no

international out call service in most of the places in Tibet. It was a forbidden region. I would call them once in awhile. Occasionally I was able to reach them but most of the time, they were unreachable. 
    “Duibuqi, ni de dianhua buzai choe” –Your call is not reachable— was the answer most of the time, but occasionally, I was able to reach them after hours of trying over and over again.
       Whenever I spoke with my parents over the phone, I sensed both of my parents were living in agony and regret. My mother would often apologize to me for sending me away to an unknown country. She would always keep sobbing. Her agony and her tears would always remind me that the pain in her heart was still an open wound. Knowing my tears would be like rubbing salt into her open wound, I would always calm myself, and hold in my tears. But I often cried in silence while lying on my bed, drowning myself with tears.