Tsultrim Chokden and the Melancholic Tale

By Lhundup Gyatso Zotsang / Nov. 9, 2015

In light of how a gang of three local Gaddis (Indian tribes residing in Dharmsala, north India)
Following Tsultrim Chokden's death, local Tibetans in
Dharamshala held candle light vigil,
calling for justice for the deceased. 
murdered an innocent Tibetan youth for fun at McLeod Ganj around midnight of October 31, it patently dawned upon me how fragile and precarious life is for someone to live without a country. I was tossing and turning all that night as if all my sense of sleep had also been murdered by those local hoodlums. Well, being a Tibetan refugee I also underwent all possible hardships such as facing the demise of my dearest parents all alone against all my hopes that one good day I would be bale to meet them. Having said that, never did I feel so broken in consciousness like this time. I am sure Tsultrim’s tragic demise in addition to the fact that his mother has been looking forward to his return by counting days on her fingers has amplified the pains in all hearts of Tibetans beyond expression. Nevertheless, what baffles me most, as a matter of fact, is that do the Tibetan refugees really deserve such transgressions from our long-time-friend Indians? Let’s jot down some facts.

A personal encounter with three brave hearts of Tibet

By Vijay Kranti |Oct. 30|

In the evening of 28th September when I was approaching the hunger strike tent of Tibetan
From left to right: Tenzin Wangchuck,
Tamdin Hrichoe and Tsewang Dolma.
Youth Congress (TYC) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, my heart was weighed down by anxiety and apprehension. It was the 19th day since three Tibetan youths — Mr Tamdin Hrichoe (Vice President), Ms Tsewang Dolma (Secretary, Information & International Relations), and Mr Tenzin Wangchuk (Finance Secretary) — were sitting on indefinite hunger strike. Having seen Indian democracy functioning from a breathing distance, it’s very rare that a ‘genuine’ hunger striker, surviving exclusively on water, prevails beyond 15 days. In most cases various pressure groups join in to find a solution, the authorities forcibly break up the strike, or the hunger strikers’ enthusiasm fizzles out.

Dalai Lama, Anything But "A Simple Buddhist Monk"

By Shashi Tharoor / July 6, 2015

Dr. Shashi Tharoor with a
delegation with Tibetan MPs
When the United Nations convened a Millennium World Peace Summit of religious leaders at its headquarters in 2000, one major religious figure was conspicuous by his absence. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibetan Buddhism, had not been asked to come. The implacable hostility of a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China, has made it impossible for him to set foot in a UN building anywhere, or to be received by any official of the UN, let alone its Secretary-General. Where millions see a revered seeker of peace and an admired advocate of love and reconciliation, the Government in Beijing sees only a "splittist," a secessionist rebel who threatens Chinese sovereignty over his homeland.

Tibetan election 2016: The Race for Sikyong

By Pam D. Tenzin July 3, 2015
Nearly four years back, Tibetan Prime Ministerial election drew unprecedented hype and attention around the world throughout the Tibetan community. Even the southernmost part of Indian city called Chennai was also not spared from the storm of election. For the first time, Tibetan college students in Chennai partook in the 2011 Tibetan (Prime Ministerial and Parliamentary) Election.

The Dalai Lama's China Experience and Its Impact

Thursday, April 16 2015 
By Thubten Samphel

By now it is an open secret the degree to which respect for the Dalai Lama is growing in China within the leadership and business circles and amongst the ordinary people. The BBC's exclusive report on China's super-rich communist Buddhists is the latest proof.

An aspect of the Tibetan leader little noted by scholars is the extensive contacts he had with the revolutionary leaders who created modern China. The Dalai Lama was in China for almost a year from 1954 to 1955. During this period he learnt Chinese and the ideals of socialism as explained to him by his Chinese hosts. More importantly, the Tibetan spiritual and political leader met with the top echelon of the Chinese communist leadership, including Chairman Mao Zedong, who, according to the Tibetan leader, treated him as a "father would treat a son." His Chinese hosts took the Dalai Lama in a grand tour of new China to bring home to the Tibetan leader the benefits of socialism. He witnessed the effective governance these leaders provided to turn their vast and impoverished country into a modern and egalitarian society.

Lobsang Sangay needs to be a ‘Sangay’

Dr. Lobsang Sangay reading an
Indian newspaper, Times of India 
By Tendar Tsering

Literarily, the Tibetan word “Lobsang” means “intelligent” and “Sangay” means “lion” and certainly, Lobsang Sangay, our prime minister, a graduate of Harvard Law School is intelligent and elegant as well as smart and skillful. But then, is he really brave like a lion, a true son of Lithang, the land of warriors? Maybe not, maybe he is just too kind, as he himself describes as a “kind-hearted-lion” in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia!

Watching My Cousin Brother Burning Alive On Fire

Gyaltsen, gearing for a free Tibet protest.

By Gyaltsen Jan. 12, 2015

My cousin brother, Lobsang Jamyang, self-immolated for Tibet in 2011. Several months later, Lhapa Kyizom, a Tibetan journalist from Voice of America,
came to my school with a video footage of my cousin brother. She asked me if I was mentally prepared to watch it. I told her I was ready even though, I was not. I think no one is ready to watch their loved ones burning alive. Subsequently, she took out an iPad from her bag and left it opened on my lap and went outside. Probably, as I could feel, she understood how hard it was for me to watch my cousin burning.

Tibet, The Road Ahead

By Pam Tenzin Phuntsok
Dec. 8, 2014

Tibetan people lived a life in near absolute terms different from the Chinese. Tibet neither
Pam Tenzin Phuntsok
has to borrow nor to buy history from China. The continued conflicts and clashes between the Communist government of China and the Tibetan people (both inside and outside) in the last six decades still proves that there is inherent and incessant trouble inside Tibet. The revolt of 1959, uprisings of 1988 and 2008 were continuations of displeasure of the Tibetan people against the oppressive and suffocating rule of Communist China.
Tibetans on the contrary lived a cultural life somewhat similar to northern India. 

Why Tibet remains the core issue in China-India relations

By Brahma Chellaney 
Nov. 27, 2014

Despite booming two-way trade, strategic discord and rivalry between China and India is sharpening. At the core of their divide is Tibet, an issue that fuels territorial disputes, border tensions and water feuds. 
A file photo which shows a group of
Tibetans protesting against China in India

Beijing says Tibet is a core issue for China. In truth, Tibet is the core issue in Beijing’s relations with countries like India, Nepal and Bhutan that traditionally did not have a common border with China. These countries became China’s neighbors after it annexed Tibet, which, after waves of genocide since the 1950s, now faces ecocide.

Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang: Triple Trouble on China's Periphery

By Minxin Pei /Oct. 17, 2014
The ongoing demonstrations by pro-democracy students in Hong Kong since the end of last month have raised one important question: why is Beijing facing simultaneous unrest on its periphery?