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Tibetans Deal With a Regime Which Believes Only in Authoritarianism: Sinha

Mr Yashwant Sinha addressing senior Tibetans officials

Mr Yashwant Sinha addressing senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala on 15 September 2012/Photo: Deliberation/Yeshe Choesang

Dharamshala: – On September 16, 2012, Mr Yashwant Sinha, Member of Indian Parliament and former union minister for finance and external affairs, said that people of Tibet are dealing with the Chinese government, a regime which lacks humanism and believes only in authoritarianism and repression, during his first day of 3-day visit to the Tibetan community in Dharamsala to express solidarity with Tibetans in view of the prevailing current critical situation in Tibet. The senior BJP leader, also met with representatives of six Tibetan NGOs on the same day.

Addressing the official crowds gathered at the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, the heart of Tibetan people in exile on Saturday, Mr Sinha said he has come to Dharamsala to share the pain and the hope that Tibetans have. He suppressed his sentiment with heary wishes said “keep-up the struggle.”

“I am here to give whatever little strength to that hope and your cause,” said Mr Sinha, who is the convener of the All Party Parliamentarian Forum on Tibet in the Indian Parliament. Mr Sinha told the crowd that he just had “a private conversation with the honorable prime minister,” Dr Lobsang Sangay.

“The manner in which the Tibetan people in and outside Tibet have continued their struggle for so many decades is a tribute to that indomitable spirit of courage, faith and determination, which cannot be put out by any power on earth. There is no power on earth to put out that flame which is burning in all your hearts,” he said.

“It is the responsibility of the friends like me of the Tibetan cause to co-operate with you, to join, and to share the struggle that you have waged. I have come here on behalf of my Party and All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet, to tell you that the government of India’s policy may be different, dictated by geopolitical considerations, but the parliamentarians and people of India are being guided by only one feeling, the feeling of brotherhood for the people of Tibet,” he said.

“We have perhaps failed in the sense that the kind of support which should have demonstrably come has often been wanting. Therefore, there is a need for all of us to strongly project in India and the people in rest of the world what exactly is happening to the people in Tibet,” Mr Sinha said.

“Because of, with all the censorship and blackout that the regime imposes, much of that news doesn’t come-out. It has been strongly projected, in India and rest of the world, what exactly is happening inside Tibet,” the member of the Lok Sabha told the gathering.

“And anyone who hears or look-side the tragedy of Tibet, will no doubt of my mind become a strong supporter of Tibetan cause, so we need to continue to work in that direction,” he added.

“The Tibetans are dealing with the Chinese government, a regime which lack of humanism and believes only in authoritarianism and repression. We need to marshal international public opinion as much as we can, which is being very ably done by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Kalon Tripa, in future with greater determination,” he said.

“I have come here to tell you on behalf of all friends in Indian parliament, that we are solidly with you; that solidly with the cause of Tibet and the Tibetan people. We are willing and ready to co-operate with you in all your endeavours. At any point of time you feel if anyone of us can contribute, please do not feel hesitate, we are at your “beck and call,” he added.

Expressing his deep appreciation for the unwavering support of Mr Yashwant Sinha to the non-violent Tibetan struggle, Kalon Tripa said his support is very crucial as Tibet is passing through an extremely difficult time. He said Tibet’s Buddhist civilisation and democracy are products of India, adding that the Tibetan struggle is part of Indian struggle and its success will also be because of India.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Mr Sinha said he had detailed discussions on the current tragic situation in Tibet with senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, members of Tibetan NGOs and Tibet support groups in Dharamsala. He said a new strategy would soon come out of these discussions to deal the critical situation in Tibet.

During his three-day visit from 15-17 September, Mr Yashwant Sinha met senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, including members of the Kashag and the Parliament. He also met members of the Tibetan NGOs. The Tibetan Parliament hosted a dinner reception in honour of his visit to Dharamsala.

Representatives of six Tibetan NGOs based in Dharamshala met with Shri Yashwant Sinha and urged him to write to the Indian Foreign Minister to address Tibet’s issue at various International fora including the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. He signed a pledge to stand up for Tibet and called for Global Diplomatic Intervention to resolve the current crisis in Tibet.

He stated the visit was long overdue and expressed his appreciation to the courage of Tibetans inside Tibet and the hard-work Tibetans-in-Exile put in to amplify their voices. He also assured to raise the issue of Tibet in the next Indian parliamentary session.

During the meeting he highlighted the urgency for more concerted international actions on the issue of Tibet and the need of keeping the public opinion better informed on Tibet. Moreover, he emphasized the significance of sensitizing the Indian policy makers, the members of Indian parliament which therefore would help put more pressure on the Indian Government to take a more proactive stance on Tibet.

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24 Responses to Tibetans Deal With a Regime Which Believes Only in Authoritarianism: Sinha

  1. who_me September 19, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    ah, gee, china is not a slavocracy dominated by bigoted jewish fascists. boo-hoo.

  2. who_me September 19, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    btw, is mr sinha one of the indians quislings fun by jp?

    i’ll bet 10 to 1 he likes hebrew national hot dogs. ;)

  3. who_me September 19, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/06/dalai-lama-cult-postmodern-neo-feudalism-and-the-decline-of-the-west/

    “The official press reports of the Toulouse Tibetan festival were relayed by the French media without any discussion as to their validity or veracity. It is well known, for example, that the Dalai Lama has outlawed the Dorje Shugden sect of Buddhism in Dharamsala, India, the city which is home to the separatist Tibetan government in exile.

    In 2008, France 24 broadcast a report from Dharamsala where they filmed Dorje Shugden monks being shunned by the local community on the Dalai Lama’s orders. The report showed how signs are regularly put on many shops in the region forbidding the entry of Dorje Shugden worshipers. According to the report, whole families have been ostracized due to their belief in the traditional Buddhist god Dorje Shugden.

    Although the Dalai Lama claims that Dorje Shugden is a demon and that the cult is a deviation, the worship of the Dorje Shugden is widespread throughout traditional Tibetan Buddhism. Since the Dalai Lama’s decision to outlaw this practice, thousands of monks have been excluded from visiting temples. In fact, the Dalai Lama’s dictatorial campaign against the Dorje Shugden religion threatens to exclude over 4 million Tibetans from practicing their religion.

    According to the Dalai Lama, the Dorje Shugden are traitors to the cause of Tibetan independence. Such is the Tibetan leader’s “tolerance”. The Dalai Lama’s violations of human rights are rarely, if ever, mentioned among the cacophony of hysterical “free Tibet” sloganeering in the mass media.

    Death threats and the ostracism of whole families who practice this traditional form of Buddhism are common in Dharamsala. Thousands of people have had to flee Dharamsala due to the “tolerant” Dalai Lama’s commands. Many people have been murdered.

    The French documentary made it abundantly clear that the Dalai Lama functions as an absolute dictator in Dharamsala. The French film crew was even prevented by Tibetan officials from recording a dispute between a Dorje Shugden monk and his pro-Dalai Lama opponent.

    Breaking with official orthodoxy, the France 24 report admitted that the Dalai Lama and his independence movement has no popular support in Tibet and that many Tibetans actually fear a return to the days of Lama autocracy. One of the thousands of Doje Shugden practitioners who fled from Dalai Lama worshipers told France 24 reporters:

    If he’s really Buddha, if he’s really god, you know, he won’t create so many problems, you know, he won’t give us such trouble. I believe if he is a Buddha, he won’t create any problem for one human being, so we have changed our mind now, we don’t see him as we saw him earlier.

    The Dalai Lama’s problem with these Buddhists is simply that they worship the symbolic god Dorje Shugden and not “his holiness, the Dalai Lama”. The exiled leader is persecuting Buddhists for not worshiping himself and his insatiable desire to become the puppet dictator of a ‘free Tibet’ under NATO hegemony. Any worshiper of Dorje Shugden is, then, automatically dismissed as an ‘agent’ of China.

    The France 24 report also admitted that the Dorje Shugden community constitutes the majority in Tibet and that they were almost all pro-Chinese government.

    In France we tend to associate Tibet with the Dalai Lama but there are many Tibetans who are Buddhists, who think that China actually contributed something to Tibet.

    The reporter adroitly omitted the “quelque chose” which Tibetans thank the CPC for; namely, the liberation from serfdom!

    After the reportage, the France 24 presenter asked one of the correspondents Capucine Henry:

    So just how taboo is it to criticize the Dalai Lama?

    To which Madame Henry replied:

    It’s completely taboo. Actually our shooting of the reportage was very difficult because we had our camera smashed in. The Dalai Lama is considered as a living god. He has achieved a level of clairvoyance that means that every decision he takes is the rule of law. If you criticize the Dalai Lama, you are judged to be a Chinese spy.”

    these israeli-american bum licks need to clean up their own act before they can criticise any one else.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 19, 2012 at 1:08 am #

      So according to you, all these people, serious students of buddhism,

      http://suite101.com/article/celebrity-buddhist-a72797

      are all wrong!
      Even Steven Seagal and Richard Gere, and Goldie Hawn ad Courtney Love?!?

      • who_me September 19, 2012 at 1:15 am #

        reagan showed what happens when actors are thought to be “authoritative” and knowledgeable public figures…on anything.

        :D

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 19, 2012 at 1:19 am #

          No, you’re wrong. You can learn a lot from them.
          Goldie Hawn, for instance, has made it clear to me that buddhism CAN be good for the jews:
          “in interviews, she also detailed that she never had to forsake her Jewish heritage to embrace Buddhism[3] and that her Jewish religion and heritage come before Buddhism.[7] ”
          She is a strong supporter of Israel which proves that buddhism or a more evolved version of it, does not frown upon imprisoning and killing children. It is rather strict on the proper form of dog down though.

          • who_me September 19, 2012 at 1:35 am #

            “in interviews, she also detailed that she never had to forsake her Jewish heritage to embrace Buddhism[3] and that her Jewish religion and heritage come before Buddhism.[7]”

            everything i’ve heard from her was pure soap opera tosh, so i’m surprised she came up with something like that. I also didn’t know she was zionist or jewish, so you can see how much i’ve paid attention, too.

            btw, what she said about buddhism is actually true. buddhism doesn’t stipulate it has to be the one and only. in fact, her buddhist beliefs would probably contradict with her jewish religion a great deal, but buddhism is not a system of if/or rules for the plebes to worship master, so vice versa would never apply.

            one could behave like genghis kahn and still be a practicing buddhist. though not a buddhist teacher – which is why golde hawn or his daliance fail in the latter role.

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 19, 2012 at 1:38 am #

            “one could behave like genghis kahn and still be a practicing buddhist”

            Practicing what?

          • who_me September 19, 2012 at 1:49 am #

            “Practicing what?”

            “practice makes perfect”

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 19, 2012 at 1:45 am #

            Finally, a nice all-jews movie for jews:

            http://www.timesofisrael.com/goldie-hawn-may-sit-shiva-with-zac-efron/

          • who_me September 19, 2012 at 1:51 am #

            i think israel, and the associated jewish supporters thereof, would be better serviced by a visit from kali, rather shiva. ;)

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 19, 2012 at 3:10 am #

            Why?
            Only for this? (incomplete, stopped at 199)

            The King David Massacre
            The Massacre at Baldat al-Shaikh
            YEHIDA MASSACRE
            KHISAS MASSACRE
            QAZAZA MASSACRE
            The Semiramis Hotel Massacre
            The Massacre at Dair Yasin
            NASER AL-DIN MASSACRE
            THE TANTURA MASSACRE
            BEIT DARAS MASSACRE
            THE DAHMASH MOSQUE MASSACRE
            DAWAYMA MASSACRE
            HOULA MASSACRE
            SHARAFAT MASSACRE
            Salha Massacre
            The Massacre at Qibya
            KAFR QASEM MASSACRE
            Khan Yunis Massacre
            The Massacre in Gaza City
            AL-SAMMOU’ MASSACRE
            Aitharoun Massacre
            Kawnin Massacre
            Hanin Massacre
            Bint Jbeil Massacre
            Abbasieh Massacre
            Adloun Massacre
            Saida Massacre
            Fakhani Massacre
            Beirut Massacre Sabra And Shatila Massacre
            Jibsheet Massacre
            Sohmor Massacre
            Seer Al Garbiah
            Maaraka Massacres
            Zrariah Massacre
            Homeen Al-Tahta Massacre
            Jibaa Massacre
            Yohmor Massacre
            Tiri massacre
            Al-Naher Al-Bared Massacre
            Ain Al-Hillwee Massacre
            OYON QARA MASSACRE
            Siddiqine Massacre
            AL-AQSA MOSQUE MASSACRE
            THE IBRAHIMI MOSQUE MASSACRE
            THE JABALIA MASSACRE
            Aramta Massacre
            ERETZ CHECKPOINT MASSACRE
            Deir Al-Zahrani Massacre
            Nabatiyeh (school bus) Massacre
            Mnsuriah Massacre
            The Sohmor Second Massacre
            Nabatyaih Massacre
            Qana Massacre
            Trqumia Massacr
            Janta Massacre
            24 Of June 1999 Massacres
            Western Bekaa villages Massacre:

          • who_me September 19, 2012 at 3:28 am #

            “Why?”

            she has lots of arms.

            and swords:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0tIJQ1PAZI

            ;D

          • David Holden September 19, 2012 at 10:12 am #

            please remember that according to the Talmud, goyicide is kosher. rather than the biased, emotive word massacre it would be less misleading to readers if you were to use the correct value-neutral term* Selective Military Exercises in Goyim Management by Anthropocide (SMEGMA).

            * as recommended by Chief Rabbi Lord Sax in the Report of the Board of Deputies to the Council for Foreign Relations on Imbalances in Land and Resource Utilization in the Middle East

    • Jonathon Blakeley September 19, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      WHo_me . Will you stop posting the same thing again and again on delib articles, I read it the first time thanks.

  4. Roy Bard September 19, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    China isn’t the only regime “which believes only in authoritarianism” that the Tibetans have had to deal with:

    Michael Parenti on the Tibetan Regime under the DL:

    Until 1959, when the Dalai Lama last presided over Tibet, most of the arable land was still organized into manorial estates worked by serfs. These estates were owned by two social groups: the rich secular landlords and the rich theocratic lamas…The Dalai Lama himself ‘lived richly in the 1000-room, 14-story Potala Palace.’

    “There also were slaves, usually domestic servants, who owned nothing. Their offspring were born into slavery. The majority of the rural population were serfs. Treated little better than slaves, the serfs went without schooling or medical care, They were under a lifetime bond to work the lord’s land–or the monastery’s land–without pay, to repair the lord’s houses, transport his crops, and collect his firewood. They were also expected to provide carrying animals and transportation on demand. Their masters told them what crops to grow and what animals to raise. They could not get married without the consent of their lord or lama. And they might easily be separated from their families should their owners lease them out to work in a distant location.

    “As in a free labor system and unlike slavery, the overlords had no responsibility for the serf’s maintenance and no direct interest in his or her survival as an expensive piece of property. The serfs had to support themselves. Yet as in a slave system, they were bound to their masters, guaranteeing a fixed and permanent workforce that could neither organize nor strike nor freely depart as might laborers in a market context. The overlords had the best of both worlds.” [4]

    [4] Michael Parenti, “Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth,” Michael Parenti Political Archive, http://www.michaelparenti.org/Tibet.html

  5. fool me once... September 19, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    A Buddhist nun speaks out on Australian TV about the Dalai Llama and his ruling over the praying to Dorje Shugden. Many buddhists describe the DL as a “spiritual dictator and hypocrite who tells lies and suppresses religious freedom.”
    Kelsam Lachog; “Anyone who says this prayer is ostracised from the community…he speaks beautiful words but no one checks whether or not his actions actually match up to the words he speaks… he acts like a dictator…the Tibetan in Exile Government’s constitution, which is meant to be a democratic constitution, has been altered to say that anybody who engages in this practise is not allowed to work for the government.”
    Interesting and revealing interview;
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2T3_-SQ6zo

  6. Roy Bard September 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Jeremy Cronin of the South African Communist Party commented on the DL at the time he was refused a visa to South Africa. I found this interesting:

    In 1911, when China’s last dynasty was overthrown, all Chinese officials were expelled from Tibet. The 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed what many Tibetans consider an independence declaration – though no one in the international community recognised Tibet at the time.

    In the 1930s, the Chinese Communist Party, still embroiled in a protracted civil war, recognised in principle the right to Tibetan self-determination. In the late- 1940s, this principle seems to have been dropped quietly . In 1950, a year after victory, the People’s Liberation Army overran Tibet’s eastern province.

    Tenzin Gyatso, who had by then become Dalai Lama, signed an agreement acknowledging China’s sovereignty over Tibet. He made no attempt to rally the Tibetan people to defend their independence. The ruling elite was reassured by China’s promise not to tamper with the theocratic political system underpinned by feudal oppression.

    But the presence of Chinese troops in eastern Tibet fanned patriotic sentiments. These were exploited by landlords fearing that, sooner or later, the Chinese would implement land reform. The CIA air- dropped arms into Tibet and trained Tibetan irregulars.

    In 1959, there was an uprising in the capital, Lhasa. It was brutally suppressed by the Chinese, with tens of thousands of deaths. The Dalai Lama had conveniently fled into India before the uprising, taking 60t of treasure with him. None of the major protagonists emerged with much glory from this episode.

    The democratic credentials of the Dalai Lama, living in Indian exile for the past five decades, remain suspect. Without consulting Tibetans, he openly abandoned the demand for independence in 1987, a shift he first secretly communicated to Beijing in 1984. The autonomous region of Tibet is one of the poorest parts of China. Whether as a result of deliberate policy, or because of market forces, ethnic Chinese now outnumber Tibetans in the territory.

    • Roy Bard September 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      In Debunking Jeremy Cronin the apparently anonymous author claims that:

      JEREMY Cronin’s attempt at “Debunking the Dalai Lama” (March 30) makes use of the tools of classic Chinese propaganda.

      For one thing, his scant and skewed relation of the historical facts will not stand up under scrutiny. Of note is his assertion that the Dalai Lama fled Tibet before the brutally suppressed uprising of March 10 1959.

      In fact, the Dalai Lama left Tibet on the night of March 17, after thousands of Tibetans had surrounded his summer residence to protect him from a Chinese assassination plot. By this time, Chinese artillery fire was being directed at the residence.

      Which leaves me wondering – were there 60tons of treasure or not?

  7. Roy Bard September 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Suddenly the Dalai Lama emerged from behind me, wearing the skullcap and prayer shawl, on the way to his next meeting. “I am a Tibetan Jew! A Tibetan Jew!” Pleased as punch he was.

    Why I am not a Buddhist – meeting between 3 Israelis and H.H. the Dalai Lama

    • fool me once... September 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Roy, a skullcap you say? Well it can’t be all that bad considering all the other peace lovin’ goy dude tit heads who’ve donned the old nipple cover whilst paying homage to a failing wall!?!
      Scroll down to find Mr Humble;
      http://www.loonwatch.com/tag/dalai-lama/

  8. Roy Bard September 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    NED Prize
    “The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (Tenzin Gyatso) happily greets well-wishers at the Library of Congress, Feb. 19. The National Endowment for Democracy awarded the Dalai Lama, its Democracy Service Medal. (Gary Feuerberg/The Epoch Times)”

    “Democratic Imperialism”: Tibet, China, and the National Endowment for Democracy

    While in recent years far more information has been made available concerning the CIA’s violent linkages with Tibetan forces, to date only one article has examined the connection between Tibet’s current independence campaigners and an organization that maintains close ties with the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

    “The seminal book exposing the NED’s ‘democratic’ modus operandi, is William I. Robinson’s (1996) Promoting Polyarchy, which as it’s title suggests, lays out the argument that instead of promoting more participatory forms of democracy, the NED actually works to promote polyarchy. Robinson argues that the NED’s active promotion of polyarchy or low-intensity democracy “is aimed not only at mitigating the social and political tensions produced by elite-based and undemocratic status quos, but also at suppressing popular and mass aspirations for more thoroughgoing democratisation of social life in the twenty-first century international order.””

  9. who_me September 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    nice work, rb.

  10. Jonathon Blakeley September 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Yes very good research, you are right the Dalai Lama is at best a Fool…

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