Dream of Shangrila: journey to Autonomous Region Gharze ( II )
Surely, Tibet was taken over by the Chinese government back in 1950, when most of us weren’t even alive. It was at the height of the cold war. Most of those who dare to comment on it are simply unqualified to do so, so we leave this to the ‘ experts ‘ on Tibet.
Tibetans worship the Dalai Lama, and nothing has so changed during the past 60 years. The Dalai Lama is now a sponsored Religious leader who fights for the rights of Tibet to become independent. I like his wisdom and generally respect his ideology.
Whilst the Chinese government follows a path of silencing dissent in Tibet, there are certain western organizations operating as N.G.O.s in Tibet – who have been granted licenses by the Chinese government.
Such organizations under the name of ‘..’.aid actively help exiled Tibetans to slip back into Tibet from their exiles to create dissent and fuel ethnic and other clashes.
The Chinese however crack down heavily on such troublemakers. Let us not forget what Western governments do if their government is being attacked. The Western democracy who calls the Norms of all Western governments at the first place cracks down with vehemence on dissent of their own citizens.
I have met Tibetans and lived with them in Tibet. They are some of the kindest people on earth, their state of mind influenced by their religious believe which basically believes in the good. Reincarnation basically means those who live a good life will return as good creatures to the world.
All homes I stayed in portray the image of the Dalai Lama, though it is forbidden by law to do so. Tibetan society has changed much over the years. I stayed with a family of educators, who teach in a local Tibetan school.
Their siblings earn a degree at the political university in Beijing, and they will return to Tibet to teach what they learned in their Chinese taught university.
And this is the norm, not the exception as I was able to see for myself, as all Tibetan students study in Chinese universities.
Do not assume for one moment – nor have the illusion – China will give up Tibet. they make all efforts to improve the living standards of Tibetan people, and this is not from hearsay.
Anyone who contradicts this statement has never been in Tibet. And I mean not a visit of 1 week, which simply would not be enough to judge.
I met Chinese security agents of Tibetan descend interacting in my hosts home. Free movement within non security areas is no issue and all can be taken for granted, as long as one does not engage in activities directed against the government. Which is what the western government who claims to be the highest authority on human rights practices itself.
Tibetan ethnic people are entrepreneurs who run businesses of all kind, they operate again under same conditions and in the same framework of their counterparts elsewhere in the world.
I never understand the cries for human rights, however ill motivated they are, in the western world. Surely, Tibet is a country with immense natural resources, the prime reason why western governments would like to get their hands on it.
With Chinese domination however this task is futile,to say the least. In one encounter I literally counted a column of 100 trucks carrying military personnel. This is it, the military presence in Tibet is so strong that no country can afford a venture to ” liberate ” Tibet, a term used by those with very questionable agendas.
And so it will be, like it or not : Tibet will prosper under Chinese rules, Tibetans may prefer to be governed by a Chinese government rather than a western dominated government who do not understand their real background and needs.
Whichever side you are on, let me say this from a fair point of view : No one can change this pattern or status quo.
You either live with it just like Millions of American natives do or …
My advice is to live with it. Most Tibetans do and they are good doing so. They do not need 3 cars, private planes, and yachts in Tibet. They have their houses, homes, apartments. And are happier with simple amenities, and enjoy life within their groups and family.
The Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950 with the Dali Lama fleeing in 1959: I am not going to go into the rights and wrongs of China‘s involvement in Tibet other than to state the Chinese have had cultural and political links with the area for centuries. As the post implies these are observations from my recent trip.
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I have never felt the communist bogey-man looking over my shoulder at any time during my visits there; sure there were armed soldiers at the entrances to what appeared…
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