Friday, February 25, 2011
Tashi Rapten is among the many Tibetan poets, writers and intellectuals arrested by the Chinese authorities since the brutal crackdown of Tibetan uprising throughout Tibet in 2008. But little is known on what charges and why he has been arrested and for how long.
The young man who was to graduate last year compiled some of his poems, notes and writings in one book, Trag-yig in Tibetan [Written in Blood] under the pen name of Theurang. The poetry and the essay works give an in-depth understanding of Tibetans' feeling and why they are against the Chinese regime.
The note is divided into five chapters, first four chapters are written in form of poetry. The last one, which has six sections including the conclusion, forms the main writing in essay style. The first chapter in the poetry section, 'Monologue in hell', he compares the prisons in Tibet to a region of hell, and how the people in these hell are left speaking with themselves about the hope and their aspiration in monologue and wondering what was their crime. How the people in the dark cells of prisons believe the ultimate visit of the rays of Sun light to usher the days of freedom and equality and to dispel the ignorance of the conqueror. Song of the soul and My Tibet in poetry chapter equally makes an incisive understanding of the poet's mind.
In the essay section,"Denpai Tugsher" [Trail of the truth], the author tells us about the truth behind the violence in March 2008, and who was responsible for this bloody incident. How Chinese authorities fabricated violence and blamed everything to the Dalai Lama. It discusses Olympic and how the Beijing Olympics brought repression in Tibet. It also dwells on the earthquake in the region and how it was handled actually and how it was broadcasted in media. The author has written about how Tibetan language is undermined, and how the security personal forces false confession from the students.
The book is an open testimony of a young Tibetan of what is going on in Tibet. His sentences and statements often end in question marks leaving the readers and the Chinese authorities to reflect on. In fact, the Chinese government should laud him for bringing these policy failure and misdemeanors in public, and make effort to rectify the policy if the leadership is really serious about the so-called policy of "harmonious society".
We don't know under what condition Tashi Rapten is in right now, but we commend him for his courage to challenge the repressive regime bent on destroying Tibetan nationality. If democracy, freedom and human rights is to triumph in this world, International community should raise voice for people like Tashi Rapten and others who are still languishing in prisons.
Following is the opening notes of the author in his book, Trag-yig [Written in blood]
Lhasa of the first half of March 2008 was not the peaceful and serene abode of non-violence and the heavenly Tibetan city that many have known. It was a bloody land full for corpses and infernos, inundated with gunfires and military contingents.
On that day, the people of Tibet who had silently swallowed their tears and sorrow for decades rose peacefully for Human rights and hit the gongs of the truth to assert their rights to life. On that day, humble people who had for more than five decades kowtowed to the dictates of tyrants and despots stood before the gunfires and shackles to raise the long cherished flag of democracy and equality. On that day, the people gave a clear message that from the depth of their heart they could no longer tolerate the oppression and invasion of the infamous rotten regime known for brutality and for deriding the nation's constitution.
On that day, who was the one who brought with force the frightful tragedy of 1958 once again on the humble populace's head? On that day, who staged deceit and false accusation and played with the lives of the brethrens of this land of snow and turned this fatherland into a bloody land? On that day, who shook and disturbed not only the lives of all beings but also the rivers, mountains and forest?
On that day, how humble and innocent the lives of each spirit representing truth and justice stood before the sound of bullets and horse lash, blood and dead bodies, armies and arms?
That day in March was much bloodier than anyone could dream of. That day was the historic day of March when each brave man and woman hoisted the flag of truth on the backbone of a nation's history. That day was..............
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Jasmine is a name of a white flower, known for its fragrances and flavor. It grows in the high altitude Tibetan plateau also. It is called Metok Kunda. Tibetan uses the jasmine as a part of incense and herbal medicine ingredients. But Jasmine grows in hot Arab nation like Tunisia too, where it is the national flower. Tunisian people recently rose against the long time dictatorship regime and won democracy, this came to be known as "Jasmine Revolution".
Because of this popular uprising, the word 'jasmine' has become taboo in China. Chinese authorities have blocked the word in Internet. People are forbidden to utter the word. It is said that the florists in Chinese cities are having problem because selling and purchase of Jasmine flower is also banned. When someone ordered for a jasmine tea, all eyes were on him. A 25-year old boy was arrested for having placed a white flower near a McDonnell restaurant. Anyone with anything to do with a white flower is arrested.
China is now the world's second largest economy, its military spending is said to be the highest, but the Chinese leaders panicking like a horde of frightened mice on hearing a name of a simple flower? What does this make of China's image?
How much the authority try to squelch the people's aspiration, some day it has to learn the hard truth that power doesn't always come from the barrel of a gun. It comes from people; it comes from a simple flower like jasmine.
Runggye Adak, a Tibetan nomad of Lithang area is still in Chinese prison serving his eight-year sentences issued by Chinese authorities for "provocation to subvert state power". His only crime was that on 1 August 2007, he is said to have said, 'If we cannot invite the Dalai Lama home, we will not have freedom of religion and happiness in Tibet", before a gathering at the annual horse festival in the region. He also called for the release of Panchen Lama and Tulku Tenzin Delek.
The Chinese security people immediately arrested him and his friends and put them behind the bar. Chinese media reported the incident as a "major political incident" and said that he was shouting for "Tibetan independence".
This is how most of the people's grievances end up in Tibet. China is too paranoid to properly address the issue and to understand what the Tibetans are really asking for. Any voice, irrespective of its contents from the Tibetans is seen as opposition to the regime and subversive. Therefore, China has never understood the Tibetans all these years. This is one of the major causes of Chinese policy failure in Tibet.
Runggye Adak is a simple Tibetan nomad. From his statement it is very clear what the Tibetans are looking for "freedom of religion and happiness". As China has denied the Tibetans of these two necessities throughout its brutal rule, people like Runggye Adak are inclined to believe that coming of Dalai Lama to Tibet would bring religious freedom and happiness.
In his statement during the interrogation, he said that he wants Dalai Lama to come to Tibet so that he can speak out his grievances. As simple as this, this shows the extent of repressed emotion and psychology of the people. Tibetans need to be heard and cared. If the Chinese leadership is serious about peace and stability in the region, they should reexamine their policy and listen and respect the voice of people like Runggye Adak seriously. One good thing that the leadership could do now is to release him and ask for his forgiveness.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Chinese government in the name of development has continued mining and baring the Tibetan mountains. Minerals extracted were transported to the mainland. Any protest against these rampant mining are brutally suppressed. Last November, when the Tibetans in Shethongmon county of Shigatse protested against the mining project in the region, they were brutally mishandled and arrested.
The region was filled with Chinese armed personal and trucks. Is this how the Chinese authority thinks could bring peace and stability in the region? Its high time the communist leaders learn something from what is going on in Tunisia and Egypt!!
A Chinese security man with an electric baton intimidating the Tibetan protestors.