MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA NOVEMBER 08 , 2012 11.40 P.M.
I wrote about Tibet and the struggle of Tibetan people during Losar and then on August 15 , 2012 . I never thought that Tibet will keep on burning like this and Tibetan people will be left at the mercy of Government of China , leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the ruthless Red Army . Tibet went from one self – immolation to another without a word of sympathy from the world community . Our own political leaders , pseudo – secular intellectuals and leftist – liberal opinion – makers are feigning ignorance or following an ostrich policy .
I am posting a letter , which I got today via e-mail . It tells the tragic tales of Tibet and unabated self – immolation .
8 November 2012
I am sorry to write again so soon but it is impossible not to share with you the deeply distressing news that in the last 24 hours at least five, probably six, Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet. Confirmed reports say that on 7 November a 23-year old nomad mother Tamdin Tso (right) set light to herself and died in Rebkong, Amdo, whilst in Ngaba three teenage monks did the same; 15-year old Dorjee died and the fate of two 16-year olds, Samdup and Dorjee Kyabone remains uncertain. There are further reports that a Tibetan man staged a self-immolation protest in Driru, Central Tibet, yesterday but no details are available. And just this morning there was another such protest and death, again in Rebkong, by a young man named Kalsang Jinpa.
It’s clear that this overwhelming surge in self-immolation protests is directly linked to the opening of China’s Communist Party Congress today, at the end of which Xi Jinping and his fellow Politburo Standing Committee members will be named. Hard on the heels of the US Presidential election, this is a very different political process. As Willy Lam, noted academic and China commentator wrote in Foreign Policy, “Sorry, folks: The votes are in, and the ballots have already been counted.”
Let’s make no mistake, the only people to blame for this self-immolation crisis are China’s leaders, who have been responsible for imposing decades of failed policies in Tibet, and creating a situation where ever-increasing numbers of Tibetans feel they have no other recourse than to take such drastic action in protest. China’s leadership could stop this crisis if it was to genuinely address Tibetan grievances; and our governments could be doing much, much more to focus the attention of China’s government on the severity of the situation in Tibet.
I was sitting in the office of my Acting Institute , when I got the mail . I was saddened . I was numb . I felt helpless . I feel that I am impotent and can do nothing in this regard .
But yes , I can condemn this apathy of the world . I can denounce the silence of the world community . I am appalled at the behaviour of the eminent world leaders .
I , along with the students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , unequivocally condemn the People’s Republic of China and her brutal leaders .
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
- Five Tibetans Self-Immolate Today Across Tibetan Regions (voatibetanenglish.com)
- Five Tibetans self-immolate in China (bigpondnews.com)
- Three teenagers in triple self-immolation protest in Tibet (rtyctoronto.com)
- Four Tibetans Self-immolate in One Day (irrawaddy.org)
- Five Tibetans set themselves on fire in protest at Chinese rule (guardian.co.uk)
- Tibetan monks burn themselves as Chinese leaders meet (edition.cnn.com)
- 4 Tibetans burn themselves as Chinese leaders’ meet (cnn.com)
- Rights group: 4 Tibetans self-immolate in one day (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Rights groups: 3 teenage monks, 2 other Tibetans set fire to themselves over 2 days (vancouverdesi.com)
- Rights Group: 4 Tibetans Self-Immolate in One Day (abcnews.go.com)
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