By Tendar Tsering
I am not so sure if the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is under security threat but I am sure Tibetans are worried about the security of the Dalai Lama in recent days.
Usually there are two entrances for the Dalai Lama temple which is very much associated with the Dalai Lama’s residence-one for entrance and another for exit but one can use the entrance for exit also.
The entrance at the temple has a ‘walk in’ machine which I guess detects suspected substances and around three security guards are there to check people entering into but the funny thing is that usually they don’t do ‘body check’ to the females, they do only to the males who are walking into the temple.
Being asked, one of the security guards said “we don’t have enough female security guards to check and how can we (male security guards) do body-check to the females?”
Days back, Tibetan Department of Security signaled that they have appealed to the Indian government to update the security facilities for the Dalai Lama which I guess the appeal is still in pending despite the Delhi government has told Indian reporters that they have asked the Himachal Pradesh government and Central Tibetan Administration to make sure that the security of the Dalai Lama is in perfect.
Tibetan officials here in the town of Dharamshala are sort of over cautious when it comes to the issues between the Indian government and Central Tibetan Administration, so outsiders can’t figure out much-they (CTA) are more of grateful than demanding for the things that we need or deserve.
Moreover, the Dalai Lama’s temple is in joint with the hostel rooms for the monks at the back side of the temple, and anyone can easily climb up from the back side, and I am bit worried how attentive the guards inside Dalai Lama’s residence might be who are supposed to monitor the CC Tv cameras which are put up at the corners of the temple.
The threat for the Dalai Lama in recent times has disclosed neither by the Indian government nor by the Tibetan security department but by the Dalai Lama himself.
After the Tibetan spiritual leader has expressed his fear, the Central Tibetan Administration nodded in agreement that they have received threat alerts from Tibet, and declared to review the security for the Dalai Lama.
Why didn’t the Indian government or Tibetan administration expose the threat alert to the public before the Dalai Lama did? When the Dalai Lama expresses his fear, there might be a reason that every concerned person should take care of his safety, and it is high time to review the security-not just the machines but the guards too.
It is imperative to make sure that the security guards are not chosen by hook or favourism, but based on their training and loyalty to the Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama is not just one person or just one life, but he is more than that, he is a treasure to the world, and soul of the spirit of Tibetans. He is god to the spiritual people and an ideal and peace icon to the rest of the world.
World media have done a good job in recent days for high lighting the security alarm for Dalai Lama which of course it will force the concerned authorities to make sure that the Tibetan spiritual leader is in safe and sound.
But on the other hand, the world media must know that over sensationalizing the threat un-necessarily locks up the Tibetan masses in fear and worried somewhere-they know best what they (media) are up to!
Dalai Lama has already declared that he will stay at least till 2023 but as a human being, he has also jokingly conditioned that if and only nothing happened to him.
So, just praying for him won’t help, it is important for all the concerned people to remain ‘vigilant and alert’ as urged by the Central Tibetan Administration.
Long live the Dalai Lama and may peace prevail on earth sooner than later
NOTE-- Tendar Tsering is a journalist working with the Tibetan news portal in English www.phayul.com Views expressed here are author's own personal expression, and does not reflect the views of any agency nor necessarily endorse by any organization
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