Tibetans Should Keep Talking About Horror Stories And Future Vision – OpEd


Tibetans living across the world as expatriates or citizens of other countries cannot but feel sad that world has, by and large, appear to be no more concerned that Tibetans have lost their motherland due to the aggressive onslaught of China. The present generation all over the world appear to be unaware of the horrible conditions that happened in Tibet after occupation by China ,which forced the Dalai Lama and several other freedom fighters to leave Tibet and live in other countries.

Now, China is consolidating it’s hold over the occupied Tibet territory by overwhelming military presence and sustained strategy to keep the younger generation of Tibetans now living in Tibet uninformed about the glorious history of the country by brain washing them. It appears that China is succeeding in it’s efforts,at least for the present, in reducing Tibet to the level of a mere province in China. Using it’s present economic and trade strength, China is also ensuring that several countries in the world would not extend any sort of support to the freedom struggle of Tibetans.

The recent examples are that of Sri Lanka, a country with large Buddhist population which thought it fit to deny visa to the Dalai Lama to enter the country and the US President Obama who bowed to the pressure of China by receiving the Dalai Lama through the back door, as if he was doing a mistake. Even India, which has allowed Dalai Lama and Tibetans to live in the country, has sometimes restricted the Tibetans (may be indirectly), in voicing their protest against Chinese occupation of Tibet and carrying out the campaign for liberation of Tibet.

The “success of China in silencing the world conscience “ until now about the horror that it has caused in Tibet and it’s suppression of freedom in Tibet is a case of triumph of evil over good.

The world history repeatedly highlights the fact that truth has ultimately triumphed, in short period in some cases and in some other cases in longer term. Whether it is short or long period has depended upon the determination and commitment of the campaigners for freedom.

Tibetans are committed to the Buddhist philosophy which essentially centres around non violence, peaceful coexistence and returning good for evil. In a strife torn world. such lofty principles advocated by Buddhism has significantly contributed to protect the humanistic philosophy and values that reflect a belief in human dignity and civilisation. Keeping the Buddhist principles in heart, Tibetans wherever they are , have to continue their struggle and movement to restore Tibet as an independent and free country with the dignity that it highly deserves.

What is important is that Tibetans living all over the world and the friends of Tibetans and those who value and cherish freedom and liberty , should keep talking about the horror stories in Tibet due to Chinese occupation and their future vision for Tibet, at every opportunity and in every forum. They should constantly strive to stir the world conscience which now appears to be largely silent and even the conscience of those presently ruling China, by campaigning that the attack on Tibet by China was an attack on humanity, which is unacceptable.

It is true that Tibetans in their own way have organized themselves to voice their protests but with the governments in many countries not responding to the plea of Tibetans to support their genuine cause, they need to redouble their efforts. While many governments may not openly support the cause of Tibet fearing criticism by China, the ground reality is that people around the world will certainly respond to the campaign to restore freedom of Tibet, which will help in a big way in molding world opinion.

The torch of freedom for Tibet has to be kept alive and this is a challenge for the Tibetans and all freedom loving citizens around the world.

Wherever atrocities have taken place in the world, the forces of just cause have ultimately succeeded by persistent efforts. This logic, that has been proved by world history, should give hope, faith and confidence to the Tibetans and friends of Tibet.

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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