It is now well realized by most section of the world community that Wuhan region in China is the originator of COVID 19. Several sections of media and many people around the world term COVID 19 as China virus or Wuhan virus.
China claims that COVID 19 did not originate from Wuhan but from Italy or USA or elsewhere. However, nobody is buying this propaganda campaign of China.
While there are 11 million people living in Wuhan and the virus spread from Wuhan to other parts of China also, China claims that only less than 4000 people died due to virus infection in China . People outside China do not believe this “China story” and think that many more people must have died in China. Chinese people living in China really do not know what is happening, since media is heavily suppressed in China and individual liberty and freedom of speech is severely curtailed.
China has not released any information as to whether Tibet region, now unethically occupied by China, has been affected by COVID 19. It is said that cold regions are more receptive to the virus compared to the tropical regions and Tibet .being a cold region , could have faced the virus attack.
Since Tibet is under the iron curtain imposed by the Chinese government over the last several decades and no outsider can enter Tibet or leave Tibet without permission from Chinese government, no one really knows what is happening there and how many people in Tibet might have been infected by the virus.
Tibetan government in exile now functioning with headquarters in India and several offices abroad, particularly in USA. has the responsibility to monitor the happenings in Tibet to the extent possible, inspite of China’s vice like grip over Tibet.
It is necessary that the Tibetan government in exile should demand information from Chinese government about the extent of virus attack in Tibet and how was this handled by Chinese government and whether there have been any death in Tibet.
However, one can be certain that Chinese government would not reply and ignore this communication from Tibetan government in exile. Nevertheless, a communication demanding details should be sent by Tibetan government in exile to Chinese government.
Further, the Tibetan government in exile should ask for details from the World Health Organisation (WHO ) and WHO is morally duty bound to send its reply with details.. The ground reality is that the representatives of WHO have not been allowed to enter Wuhan or any place in China to check and monitor the virus conditions. If WHO has no information about the virus attack in Tibet, let it say so.
Tibetan government in exile should also ask the United Nations Secretary General to ascertain the conditions in Tibet and obtain information from Chinese government and inform the Tibetan community now living all over the world.
It is high time that the Tibetan government in exile should make it’s presence felt all over the world by expressing it’s concern about the conditions in Tibet due to COVID 19 and let the world know about it’s concern. It should appeal to the world community to apply pressure on Chinese government to reveal the conditions faced by Tibetans now living in China occupied Tibet.
While Tibetans now live in many countries either as refugees or citizens, they have a duty to the motherland Tibet and obviously they are concerned about the conditions of the Tibetans after the COVID 19 crisis. They must raise their voice in different forums and apply moral pressure on Chinese government and the world conscience to support the cause of Tibetans living in Chinese occupied Tibet.
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