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Effects of colonialism and dictatorism on Tibet's past and present

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Tibet-Language-discrimination-2014Dharamshala: - The challenge of Human Rights campaigners around the world is to reflect on the commitments of past generations who worked so hard and sacrificed everything to bring Democracy, freedom and human values to the people of today. Tibetans in their own home country have become victims of deep-seated prejudice. Carefully created hardline policies have led to a deep rooted tradition of cultural genocide in Tibet through the denial of basic fundamental rights for 65 years.

Those blind governments, in the developed and developing world, who pursue only power and economic interest are not likely to ratify human rights treaties, but rather pampered and behaving as a shameless bigotry in their selfish want for their own country's needs. China's use of regular excuses about Tibet such as "neo-colonialism" or "Sensitive Issues" is China's unchanging escape from addressing the Tibet Human Rights abuses. By this they have created a self-creating universe; a 'great wall' behind which they can do whatever they please in Tibet.

One question immediately comes to mind upon listening to many world leaders, for more than half century; why the international community has struggled to rein-in the monolithic political ambitions of the People's Republic of China (PRC), while largely turning a blind eye to the suffering of the Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians?

It was perhaps understandable that diplomats would focus their energy on curtailing the Beijing's pursuit of growing economy rather than concentrating their efforts on improving the lives of average of people, while differentiating those universal values in the four-dimensional continents of the world.

The regime's political ambitions and its development of ballistic economy—witness the recent years' "neo-colonialism" tests—pose a direct threat not only to the UN Human Rights Council, but also to the broader objective of universal human values, democracy and freedom. And after all, no one had compiled a comprehensive record of the systematic brutality imposed upon Tibetans, Uighurs and the citizens of the PRC by their own government. A shame which the whole world should and must address.

As the whole world witnessed, if a state's government is only looking to benefit themselves, they are more likely to avoid abiding by set human rights and freedom. However, those looking to benefit the world as a whole and not just themselves are more likely to ratify these human values even if it means giving up their state sovereignty. China and UK are the antithesis of these freedoms. This month the people of Scotland were allowed by the UK parliament and their monarchy to hold a referendum on whether to become independent . They made their own choices based on their best judgment for a better future and yet many corners of the world, including Tibet still suffer a great deal and face misery under the those fascist dictatorship regimes, having the freedom to decide their own fate a distant dream.

The effects of colonialism and dictatorism past and present are visible all over Tibet and Eastern Turkestan. The fact remains, although no one can foresee when - Tibet's today, will become Inner Mongolia's tomorrow where the Mongolian people one day will never be found from the disappearing map of the World. Arbitrary arrest, repression, torture, intimidation, imprisonment have been the regular feature for the last 65 years.

These decades of the 21st century were a time of genocide, and violence for the people of Tibet. From Mao to Hu, one after another the Chinese authorities have taken full control over the lives of their citizens, Tibetan, and other minorities. However the suffering of Tibet may not be part of UN general assembly record, but our peaceful freedom struggle will definitely remembered in world history, perhaps becoming something that our generation and the generations before us will be defined by.

It is not an overstatement when world leaders describe the condition of Democracy, Human Rights, Freedom and Self-determination as torn away from their past, propelled into a universe fashioned from outside that suppresses their values, and dumbfounded by a economy invasion that marginalises them. The Tibetan Plateau is today the deformed image of its former self; hollowed out for it's resources and scarred for it's history.

Despite the severe violations of human rights having increased significantly in recent years under China's self-creating political argument- "Sensitive Issue", the Tibetan people and all peace loving people wherever they may be on this planet, must reflect deeply on their history as it relates to their moral authority and profound dignity of them and their children.

We know Tibet may be part of UN family, but our history of freedom of movement will remain only as voices and memories of people, communities, and families that tell the generations to come, about a time long lost. History is the compass that wise people use to locate themselves on the map of the world, it is what defines us and defines our future as both individuals and as a people. But for the sake of our struggle for freedom, for the sake of our future, our truth is the most powerful weapon to close the chapter on the "Last Colonial history".

The People of Tibet still try to give a life and breath to the hope and peace for humanity. Tibet is one of the wonders of the human civilisation. For the long struggle for their rights and freedoms, Tibetans are always among the fore fronts in examples, from around the world, of nonviolent fighters who stood for freedom and justice.

The history of Tibet will remain masked under this 'great wall' and will not be written truthfully until many more historians dare to connect it with the history of the world. Some historians do speak about Tibet's history but many shy away from it's modern history, whether is be through shame or lack of access to its true history remains to be seen.

When the most parts of world, particularly developed countries are celebrating decades of freedom and democracy, while China and Tibet remained under a brutal feudal system blessed Mao installed across his 'lands' Tibet will remain a hell on earth. Some of the first things that come to mind about human rights in China and Tibet would most likely be the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, the massacre during largest Tibetan demonstrations in 1989 and the deadly crackdowns following peaceful protests across Tibet in 2008, where thousands protestors lost their lives to the People's Republic of China unabashed forces.

In an operation launched in the wake of the National Uprising of 10 March 1959 in Lhasa, 10,000 to 15,000 Tibetans were killed within three days. However we must also remember 430,000 Tibetan warriors who lost their lives during the uprising and the subsequent 15 years of guerrilla warfare.

Many scholars have estimated that the greatest mass murderer in history, Mao Zedong killed 49-78 million people during the "Cultural Revolution" between 1966-1976. To continue his legacy, after Mao's death, the PRC became more brutal and inhumane than any other communist regime in the world, even Xi hailed Mao as "a great patriot and national hero." Therefore, the name PRC is a complete contradiction of its meaning. If indeed its name is the People's Republic of China than why did murder it's own people undertaking peaceful protests with tanks and machine guns.

Tibet has suffered the worst genocide and holocaust at the hands of the communist architects of colonialism. What is called "Peaceful Liberation" was the worst darkness for Tibet's people. Armed with the technology of the gun and the inhuman treatments those copied from its pre-occupiers, Tibet had no hope with her spears against modern warfare. So-called "Maoist rhetoric" to "Chinese Dream," China also claiming to be a "superpower". This came about without respect for human dignity and moral responsibility, but in the name of economy and how it should be perceived by the Western world. It did this by hiding all those who dare speak out and blocking anyone who dared find out the truth.

Tibetans are treated not only as sub-humans, they are denied the basic rights of expression, speech, movement, religion, etc. Colonial functionaries were honoured for barbaric actions and atrocities. over 1.2 million Tibetans died in Tibet as a result of Chinese atrocities between 1949 and 1979. Over 6,000 monasteries and the institutes of learning have been destroyed and precious artifacts have been vandalised and sold in art markets in Hong Kong and western countries. 60% of Tibetan religious and historical records have been burned, eradicating a cultures past is one way of trying to destroy it's future.

It is against this background of genocide and in the name of "Chinese civilisation" that Tibetans both at home and abroad realised that the solution to the people of Tibet is our own freedom struggle- continue to the end with a successful non-violent movements under guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It's relevance to our people as a solution to their problems is indisputable. Its also effectiveness and prowess were demonstrated at the 1st and 2nd 'Special General Meeting of Tibetans'.

Tibet is 2.5 million square miles, half the size of which is equal to the European Union's 27 member states and in all kinds of natural resources riches, such as gold, iron, lead, uranium and huge reserves of woodland. There is hardly an agricultural product that cannot be grown in Tibet. As is well known, the Tibetan plateau happens to be the largest water tank in the world. All the 10 major river systems of Asia originate in the Tibetan plateau. Nearly 2 billion living in South Asia to the Southeast Asia rely on the lifeline of waters that have their sources in Tibet.

But many parts of Tibet's riches including her human resources have been brutally looted by the regime and still are. As a part of the China "Western Development strategy", Tibet's resources were used in China's own development, however they place Tibet among the modernising areas. But the wealth has never been used for the development of the Tibetan people's interests, instead, the standard of living of the Tibetan masses have reduced dramatically and will undoubtedly. The day that was never supposed to happen became reality. Therefore, neither should a Tibetan rely on the Chinese dream, nor should life rest on a single hope.

Many Tibetans say that, 'at the end of all promises, the Tibetans have nothing to lean on, nothing to cheer them up in the six decades, and very much to be afraid of the future.' The majority of Tibetans still live in their old homes while Chinese reside in new colonies with modern amenities.

Lest we forget, from day one of the arrival of colonial invaders in our country, their primary objective was possession of our homes and its riches taken from Tibetans at gunpoint. Land is what our people have died for, for over hundred years of their existence.

Our demand for reparations is based on the mountain of moral, historical and legal argument. Who knows what path Tibet's social development would have taken if great centres of Tibet civilisation had not been destroyed by the Chinese? Perhaps we could have been the 'superpower', a true free one too.

A united and stronger non-violent movement is more relevant to the world today than when it was formalised over six decades ago. Yes, we may be Khampas, Amdhos, Tsangpas and Toepas. But the train that will take all Tibetans to their destination and give them power to take their destiny in their own hands is this movement.

We need to ignite our 'Nationalism,' by peaceful means. Tibetan Nationalism views the person-hood and humanity of the Tibetan people and of the people of Tibetan descent as equal to any other human beings on this planet. Our peaceful movement always rejects with contempt any philosophy that holds that Tibet's people are destined to exist in servitude to other human beings. But it demands justice for Tibetan people.

The commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday this week is not a ritual. It is a time to renew our vows, revisit our strategies and tactics to fight "Neo-colonialism" or better known as China's "sensitive issue" more effectively with tangible results to freedom of the Tibetan people. The ultimate goal of our political struggle will always be to regain our cultural power.

The question is not whether our struggle for Tibet's freedom is winnable. The critical question is whether we can afford not to win, to give up all that our previous generations have lived and died for. The freedom of Tibet is winnable but it starts with the recognition that the dictatorship will not last forever, history has taught us this. We must all struggle, collectively, every single day, without violent actions to a shared goal and win Tibet's authentic freedom for themselves and their children.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 October 2014 15:31 )  


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