Last year in 2013, the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of New York and New Jersey invited me to speak on the founding day of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) which I could not attend. Later in 2014 on the 16th March they have invited me again to participate in a panel discussion; I could not attend this also due to prior engagement. Therefore, I have decided to present in writing the things that I wanted to share during these two meetings and add some BACKGROUND information.
By Vijay Kranti
November 23, 2014
|Chinese President Xi Jinpeng and|
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Chinese President Xi Jinpeng's visit to India appears to have happened at a time and in an environment that was surely not tailored in the same fashion as Beijing had got used to dictating since past many decades. It all started with the inauguration of Mr. Narendra Modi when the new establishment in New Delhi invited all heads of states from the neighbourhood except China -- for whatever logic. Subsequently Mr. was made to wait till the Rath Yatra of Modi diplomacy completed its pilgrimage to nearly each of such centres of Asia that have been perpetually threatened by the same bully neighbour that Indian has been dealing with since the geo-political map of Asia changed with the advent of a Communist ruled China in 1949.
August 11, 2014
In the early part, the paper goes over five generations of changes in the political leadership in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It details the nature of developments especially in the emergence of diversity within the governing classes and notes that the single party authoritarian has been giving way to a collective form of leadership which reflects changes in leadership, especially in terms of sociological and professional backgrounds. There is greater institutionalization of power structure to accommodate diverse interests.
It is under such conditions that Mr. Xi Jinping took over as the President and, despite earlier struggles, he has been able to consolidate his leadership. This is reflected in the composition of the Politburo Standing Committee (PCB). The PCB represents “elites” and “populists” and there is hope that there will be balance in policy formulation.
By Max Boot
July 19, 2014
July 19, 2014
Seven Years in Tibet was the title of a popular book and movie. I spent only five days in Tibet in early
July—just long enough to get adjusted to its headache-inducing altitude (the
capital is 11,800 feet above sea level)—so I hesitate to draw sweeping
conclusions. But even a brief visit revealed realities beyond the headlines,
which normally focus only on events such as monks burning themselves to death
to protest Chinese occupation. Visiting two of the largest cities, Lhasa and
Tsetang, and driving around the countryside, I saw the benefits as well as the
bane of China’s rule.
|Train running over a bridge in Lhasa|
July 1, 2014
In its undated circular condemning my article " Is Dharamsala Safe for Tibetans?" that appeared on Tibet Telegraph, the Dharamsala Tibetan settlement office has unscrupulously lied about my name claiming Mila Rangzen as my pseudonym and Dhondup Choephel as my real name. This is a cheap attempt on the part of the office to discredit me and my article. Yes Dhondup Choephell WAS my old name. I changed it legally to Mila Rangzen when I became US citizen in January 2004. I have no reason to hide my identity nor do I need a pen name. My new real name Mila Rangzen is in use since 2004. I am sure the reader will agree with me that it would be wrong to misinform the public that Tenzin Gyatso is a pseudonym (for the Dalai Lama) just because his real childhood name was Lhamo Dhondup.
By Thierry Dodin
June 24, 2014
Occurring in Germany when the Karmapa was touring there, the untimely death of Kunzig Shamarpa inevitably gave rise to some speculations. Shamar Rinpoche, referred to as the “Red-hat Karmapa,” was a lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and had played a part in some controversy.
June 20, 2014
Being part of the recently launched international awareness campaign on Middle Way Approach which aims to counter the Chinese government’s misinformation campaign, I am elated to see the response it is generating world over. The Campaign generated one of the biggest media coverage in recent times from New York Times to Guardian to Straights Times to South China Morning Post and not to mention about Indian and Tibetan media.