By Tenzin Dhadon
With a ‘R’ on the forehead, our existence has something more to it than mere livelihood. It is the fight for justice and freedom because only freedom is worth dying for and when it comes to us we should be able to give up everything, anything to achieve it. It is very important to leave aside all the confusions. Set your mind and go in accordance with His Holiness’s ingenious idea of getting back ‘Tibetan Autonomous Region’ via dialogues and peaceful means. There is no point in contradicting within ourselves whether we want complete independence or TAR, for the simple reason that no body is providing us either. But this confusion is definitely giving Chinese government a nice chance to sway Tibet’s matter here and there and escape.
Now, more than ever, Tibet needs brains. Education is the key to our freedom. So, the prime motive of Tibetan students is to study. I always feel that majority of Tibetan students are carefree. We like to procrastinate. Laziness is the enemy of success and this is one of the main reasons why we can literally count the number of phd graduates in Tibetan society. It is not that Tibetan students lack brain, think of our history, we are linked to great scholars, it is also not that we lack opportunity, what we really lack is a diligent effort and determination. We need doctors, engineers, lawyers, journalists, Professors to make a place in the global society. When we will be recognised in the global society, only then our statements will leave a mark and let make a move. There are great Chinese writers who write about Tibet’s situation, about His Holiness the Dalai Lama, about how Tibetans as a manifestation of compassion and peace can extricate Chinese people from their agony. We also need writers like them who can really put thoughts into words, words which can control other’s mind and reach other’s heart. We need Tibetan journalists who can risk up their lives to bring the truth infront of the global society. We need politicians who not only understand Tibetan government system thoroughly but also excels in how Chinese government works. We need researchers in the field of science to go hand in hand with globalisation and sit in level with great scientists of china and the world at large. Not only that, we need researchers in the field of philosophy and history. So, when I say we need all these eminent figures, it means we need hard work, determination, will power and sacrifices. We have to walk through the fire, we will be reduced to ashes but we should be able to rise again.
Most of us face identity crisis, especially, Tibetan students studying in college. I am dying to hear for some one say, ‘Are you Tibetan?’ but, oh my luck, they will call me northeast, Chinese, Bhutanese, any other country but not Tibet. My friend once got so frustrated that she wanted to ask them ‘Are you Pakistanis?’ But, I can feel more that being frustrated, she was sad. It aches my heart too to think that I don’t have a country of my own. So , it is our duty to spread awareness. Whenever we get opportunity to do presentation, do a good presentation on Tibet or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Mingle with students of different natinonalities and discuss about Tibet, china, the current global situation. The Youth of Tibet need to preserve our culture and tradition. When I say our culture I don’t mean wearing chupa and singing Tibetan song. Of course, it is important but our culture is our religion. With 21st century education, we need to emphasize on Buddhism, especially Buddhist science and philosophy. Besides, we should always stick to our innate character of being compassionate to others. Our language and scripts are very rich, the only language which can translate Sanskrit scriptures dido. We need to preserve this rich language. Youths have this tendency of mixing every language. We should make sure that while speaking Tibetan, speak pure Tibetan. It is our language and we should see to it that it is not being contaminated.
There is another of identity crisis commonly seen in Tibetan society now a days. Tibetan students living abroad don’t know Tibetan language. Tibetan students who had been studying in Indian public school don’t know Tibetan Language. So, when they come to Tibetan society, they feel aloof. They feel different, an alien among their own race. In Tibet also many Tibetan students don’t know they are Tibetans because their young minds have been moulded by the fake history of China. Knowing this, it becomes on the more important on our part to preserve our language. If your parents like the clink of coins more than spending time with their children, you should take the initiative to learn about our history, language, culture and tradition. Your parents neglecting Tibet’s issue shouldn’t be an excuse for you not being able to speak Tibetan. Tibet’s issue is so critical now that we don’t have space for excuse. Tibetan students should also actively participate in various organisations. Not only organizations concerning Tibet’s freedom but we should also participate in organisations dealing with Tibet’s environmental issues. There are many organizations teaching English to the newly arrived Tibetans. Such organisations can help us in a long run. The newly arrived Tibetans can tell us about the current situation of Tibet in it’s purest form but the problem is they cannot put their thoughts in English worlds. Hence, teaching them English can also help spread awareness about Tibet’s issue. I worked in a small organization and I heard that till now only two girls including myself have volunteered to teach English. I was aghast. There are so many high school graduates roaming aimlessly in the market of McLeod Ganj but not even a single cared about making a difference.
Finally, The future of Tibet depends on us, the youth of Tibet. An amalgam of Education and Buddhism should be our prime motive. As it says, ‘This is the age, this is the stage but we are engaged’. Even though, this is the age to be careless, this is the stage to enjoy but we have a responsibility. We are like any other student in this world but still we are very different.
NOTE-- Tenzin Dhadon is a Tibetan college student studying in the Indian electronic city of Bangalore.
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