Pen Warriors Can Liberate Tibet From China’s Grip – OpEd


Ever since China forcibly entered Tibet around six decades back and massacred Tibetan protesters, Tibet has been under the vice-like-grip of China.  China is holding Tibet today as if there is an iron curtain and no foreigner or even Chinese national can enter Tibet without permission from  government of China. Nobody knows as to what is really happening in Tibet today.

Apart from historical traditions, there are also valuable mineral resources in Tibet . For example, Tibet has large deposits of lithium ore,  which is used for the production of lithium ion battery , that is an important component of the electric vehicles. Demand and production of electric vehicles is  increasing all over the world, as electric vehicles are considered  to be  eco-friendly. Lithium deposits are available only in a few countries in the world and Tibet is one of them.  Lithium deposits is considered to be one of the rare and valuable minerals  in the world of crucial and strategic importance. There are so many other valuable resources in Tibet, which China is exploiting with outside world not knowing much about this.

Though China has been an aggressor in Tibet, conscience of the governments in the world including that of India has become silent in view of their business and trade interests in China. While world governments are largely ignoring the plight of Tibetans, it is not as if the world opinion , by and large, approves the China’s role in Tibet. What is required is that information on China’s aggression and methods in Tibet should be brought into focus and  worldwide movement has to be initiated  by way of a sustained campaign for Tibet liberation from China. This should be done in a manner similar to the environmental campaign now being carried out by the activists, which has caught the imagination of the world.

However, with the plight of Tibetans now living in Tibet not known to the outside world, the younger generation of Tibetans in Tibet being systematically brainwashed by China to convince them that Tibet is not an independent country and the Tibetans living outside Tibet being scattered all over the world with number of them becoming citizens of other countries, many wonder whether Tibet would see the light of freedom anytime soon.

Realising that the Chinese government is brutal in suppressing dissent, many people think that Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle launched in India by non violent movement cannot succeed in Tibet. Some people even think that Mahatma Gandhi’s non violent movement succeeded in getting freedom for India only after the end of second world war, at a time when Britain became exhausted at the end of the second world  war , with  very weak economy. Perhaps, if Churchill had won the election in Britain after second world war, he would not have given freedom for India. Such opinion makers think that non violent movement for any cause can succeed, only if the other side become too weak or highly ethics conscious.

The other trend of opinion is that Tibetans  living in Tibet should wage struggle against China, just like what the citizens of Hong Kong are presently doing. This strategy also will not work for Tibet’s cause, since, unlike Tibet,Hong Kong is well exposed to the world, with China unable to conceal  it’s suppression of dissent in  Hong Kong  from the eyes of the outside world. The world opinion is now shaping in favour of the struggle of Hong Kong citizens.

In such circumstances, what is the option left for the friends of Tibet and the Tibetans living outside Tibet to  liberate Tibet from China’s grip?

Today, China, inspite of its economic and military strength,  is highly vulnerable to world opinion and international trends, in view of its dependence on international market for export of Chinese goods, in conditions of over capacity creation in China. China can not antagonise the world opinion, particularly after the determined trade war launched by President Trump against China, which is likely to continue till it would reach  logical end. It is more than likely that China will not have the last laugh in the ongoing trade war.

With China becoming vulnerable to world opinion, it is high time that the pen warriors for Tibetan cause should activate themselves , with much more vigour to convince the world about the atrocities done to Tibet by China.

It appears that the best way to liberate Tibet from China’s grip sooner or later, perhaps sooner than later,  is to launch a much more determined campaign for Tibetan cause around the world. This is very feasible, as many good hearted people and peace lovers in the world will react favourably  and support Tibet’s cause, if the Tibetan issue and injustice done to Tibet by China would be brought to their attention.

Let not anyone think that the pen warriors who speak and write about Tibetan cause are mere lip sympathisers with no sense of hope. This is not fact at all and it is negative way of viewing the scenario.

The pen warriors should speak and write about Tibetan cause at every forum and at every opportunity. Tibetans in exile have a government in exile and this government should act with purpose and with definite opinion building strategy. Tibetans in exile including those Tibetans who have now become citizens of other countries should give up all the differences  between themselves  and work as opinion makers wherever they are.

With the respected Holiness the Dalai Lama happily with us, the Tibetans should derive inspiration from him and  forge ahead towards Tibetan cause.Pen warriors are the most needed activists today to achieve the cause of Tibet freedom.

Pen warriors  and world wide opinion  promoting campaign are the only way to liberate Tibet,  as other options like nonviolent movement of Mahatma Gandhi or violent agitation of Hong Kong citizens are ruled out in the case of Tibet.

Further, Buddhism advocates peace and nonviolence and Tibet is the centre of thoughts of Buddhism and it’s philosophy. Pen warriors launching opinion campaign on Tibet’s cause will truly be acting in Buddhist tradition and way of life, in a peaceful, proactive manner.

N. S. Venkataraman

N. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the "Nandini Voice for the Deprived," a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause. To promote probity and ethical values in private and public life and to deliberate on socio-economic issues in a dispassionate and objective manner.

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