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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Tibet: A fading dream, a people rent

Map of TibetHow hard must it be?

How hard to see the country you love, the people you love living under a sovereignty other than their own?

How hard is it to come to that stage where you are forced by the weight of facts and opinion to accept reality and give up the struggle?

These are the questions we outsiders should consider when we look at the situation of the Uygur people of Xinjiang and the Tibetans. How would we feel in similar circumstances? How would we react? What lengths would we be prepared to go to?

The linked article is about a Tibetan living in exile in Dharamsala India, home to some 10,000 Tibetan exiles, who is rent between the ideal of a free Tibet, achieved by violence if necessary, and the teachings of his spiritual leader the Dalai Lama whom in 1974 asked the Tibetan liberation fighters to give up their weapons and to follow a peaceful struggle against China and who lately has advocated the dropping of calls for a free Tibet.

The article discusses the feelings of Lhasang Tsering a Tibetan who has actually borne weapons against the Chinese "invaders" (see note). Tsering sees the way of the Dalai Lama as being a sell out of the Tibetan people and longs to force the Chinese out of Tibet using violence if necessary.

It is truly an insight into the conundrum facing Uygurs and Tibetans alike.

The article also has a "comments" section that at last look was developing with some interesting viewpoints.

Linked Article Read Rating: A Must

Tibet: A fading dream - www.phayul.com

(Note: I have used parenthesis here not to say that I do not believe the Chinese to be illegally in Xinjiang or China but to allow the reader who may think differently form his/her own opinion as to the article on it's merits.)