Human Rights Day - a day to celebrate or protest

By Tendar Tsering

Human Rights Day was declared in 1950. After a decade, Tibet lost its human rights. Since then, for the Tibetans, Human Rights Day is not a day to celebrate but a day to protest.

However, in 1989, some thing happened - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the heart and soul of the Tibetan people was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Day on that so called 'Human Rights Day,' since then, presumably, the trend of commemorating the Human Rights Day in Tibetan community changed a little.

From 1989 till date, December 10th is more known as 'Nobel Peace Prize Day' than 'Human Rights Day' in our exile community.

But the recent spate of self-immolations in Tibet made the Tibetans in exile to think, not only to shed tears.

After a series of candle light vigils and demonstrations to signal the Tibetans inside Tibet that the hearts and spirits of Tibetans in exile are always with the Tibetans inside Tibet.

This spate of self-immolations in Tibet made the Tibetans in exile, restless and kind of lightening up to come out of the usual box - same solution to the same problems, 'nothing new.'

The burning of one self 'the self-immolation' is never going to be 'just a number', Tibetans are touched, Tibetans are moved, Tibetans are strengthened - united.

The time has come, the fruit is ripen, the Tibetan Spring has come,  and the spirit is there to spark up a 'Jasmine Revolution' inside Tibet that will liberate not only 'Tibet' but the whole 'China'.

Yet, some one is yet to come up to openly declare the revolution and lead the revolution- that will not only shake the Beijing government but the whole world.

At that time, if there is any country, any leader, any politician, any writer, any one who really supports the principles of justice and freedom, then they will come in lines to support Tibet. If not, then everything is a drama, nothing will happen and never in future.

Some one- some one unique, higher than any one, some one who owns the spirits and souls of Tibetan people has to spark the people. In a united and dramatic way, that will set a change, a change that no Tibetan will regret even if they fail to achieve what they long for.

Else, the spirit, the longing, even the sacrifice of burning one self will not bring Tibet back to the Tibetans, and has to stick to the Lobsang Sangay's policy of 'education priority' or Tibet has to wait for many more Lobsang Sangays.

If not many more Lobsang Sangays, a better 'Lobsang Sangay' who could have unique and unbelievable innovative and new ideas, then that man might can make a change.

A change in Tibet, a change in China - a beautiful and desirable one!

Other wise, Tibetans will be in the dilemma for many more years - not knowing to celebrate the Human Rights Day or protest or keep doing both.

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