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  • The Frozen Pass: tale of a refugee

    6 January 2010

    The sky was clear except for the few clouds which moved slowly with the wind. At 15,000 feet above sea level the air feels crispy fresh and without pollution. I could feel the sensation of cleansing as I breathed the air into my lungs and exhaled it out into space. The surrounding mountains were covered in thick snow since the heavy blizzards over the last couple of weeks. After trekking for four days we reached the base of Nangpa-la pass; this was the last barrier before freedom, then we (...)

  • Dalai Lama As A Slave Owner

    20 November 2009, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    It is basic human nature to accuse, name-call and to use strange analogies when you have an internal crisis that cannot be solved. Beijing has been under the spell of this abnormal behaviour for a long time. The problem is that it does not want to look for a permanent cure. Instead it wants to remain in this irksome state. First it was Zhang Qingli, the Party chief in Tibet, who called the Dalai Lama "a wolf in monk’s clothes, a devil with a human face." Zhang was, perhaps, seeing the (...)

  • The Moral Defence Rests

    12 November 2009, by Tenzin Tsundue

    When Manmohan Singh clearly and courageously said last month that there was no question of his government cancelling the Dalai Lama’s Arunachal Pradesh visit, I was proud. As refugees in India, it is painful for us Tibetans to witness Beijing bureaucrats laying down the law to our host government in arrogant, bullying terms. This visit’s historic importance is that it swings back focus on the McMahon Line and therefore Tibet. That’s why China was so impatient to shoot it down. The result of (...)

  • "When the ’Pillars of National Unity’ Turned Into Totems" by Woeser

    8 November 2009, by TW

    In the history of China’s national celebrations since 1949, there has never been such a cutting edge festival manifested in 56 massive and brightly-coloured “pillars of national unity” as recently erected on Tiananmen Square. The reason for the creation of these 56 “pillars of national unity” symbolising the equality, unity and harmony amongst the 56 nationalities is directly related to the “Tibet Incident” of last year and the “Xinjiang Incident” of this year. Tibetans and Uyghurs have become the (...)

  • The Bounty March

    31 March 2009, by Tenzin Tsundue

    The Tibetan activist outlines his people’s crucial history of hope in the half century since the March Uprising As a schoolboy in Class VII, my first serious Tibetan history lesson was one of provocation. I used to listen to Professor Samdhong Rinpoche’s Tibetan history lectures on audio tapes sent by a scholar uncle in Varanasi. In one anecdote, Professor Rinpoche tells of the 1950 fall of the eastern gate of Kham-Chamdo to invading Chinese troops. A messenger in Lhasa ran to deliver the (...)

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