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Tibet, a never ending easy acquisition for Beijing

New Delhi, Fri, 11 Apr 2008 Deepak Kumar Mohanty

Despite Chinese declaration of a ‘life or death struggle’ for Tibet, the region never seems to be an easy acquisition for Beijing with a mere policy of vigorous economic progress while each Tibetan is advocating for their cultural rights and protesting against the Olympic torch relay in various parts of the world.

In spite of being one of the emerging world super powers with an economic growth rate of nearly 10 percent, the issue of Tibetan protest and its unremitting bloody suppression since 1959 has so far caused Tibet towards its potential downfall, which questions the worthiness for being actually a world superpower.

China has been criticised sternly by International Community for its poor human rights’ record and its harsh approach towards Tibet, which has caught China’s credibility on the hop. Beijing, despite receiving a gracious call from India based Tibetan spiritual/political leader Dalai Lama for a direct talk for Tibetan autonomy and not for complete independence, has yet to respond aptly.

If one observes the importance of deep-rooted spirituality among Tibetans, who prefers religion to material gain, then certainly the Chinese attempt to build Tibet a modern paradise with economic and technological progress seems nothing but a failed challenge.

Moreover ignoring a world figure like Dalai Lama, who- no matter what every Tibetan believes- is being worshipped as living God and regarded as a symbol of non-violence, is nothing but a foolishness of Chinese leadership. Further, this too intensifies the radical Tibetans who denounce any non-violence means of Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama has already extended his hearty support for Beijing Olympics and has condemned the idea to boycott Olympics and any kind of violence means for Tibet cause. He has always opened the door for dialogue, which has so far been rebuffed by China’s uncompromised attitude.

The entire demand or battle is not just merely a religio-cultural problem or an age-old ethnic unrest, but despair and anger of Tibetan community searching for their rights. Time has come for China to opt the best option as a direct talk with Tibetan leaders for their autonomy and that in the presence of the spiritual leader, which so far the best possible solution both for Chinese government and Tibetan betterment breezing a gap between both societies and culture.

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