It’s Bad to Be Seen With Tibetan Leaders

Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong (Prime Minister) of the Central Tibetan Administration faces an increasingly difficult time convincing world leaders to meet with him as he struggles against the karma of the Tibetan people

Karma is wreaking its revenge on the Tibetan leadership. For decades the Tibetan authorities have persecuted Dorje Shugden worshippers whom they have tried very hard to destroy. But in the absence of an army or militia with which the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) can unleash upon people its ‘enemies’ it has resorted to propaganda, indoctrination via disinformation, intimidation and scapegoating. It became a crime simply to have a family member or friend who was a Dorje Shugden believer. The claim was all Shugden practitioners are in fact Chinese agents paid to destroy Tibetan unity and therefore merely being seen with a Shugden believer was regarded as an act of treason.

China’s meteoric rise in recent years and the ensuing shift in the global balance of power in China’s favor spell problematic consequences for the Tibetan leadership and the CTA. For far too long, the Tibetan leadership has been sowing discord within Tibetan communities worldwide and making social outcasts of Tibetans that the CTA regard as barriers to their political ambitions. They have actively persecuted, discriminated and incited violence against Dorje Shugden practitioners. They have made pariahs of swathes of their own people, denying them medical care, government aid and the basic right to freedom of religion.

This is just one aspect of the social, political and religious discord the Tibetan leadership has planned and executed. Others include unwarranted involvement in the Karmapa issue, discrimination against the Jonangpa sect, and allegations of theft and embezzlement. But as the ancient and time-tested proverb goes, you reap what you sow.

Over the last couple of years there has been a growing trend of countries and political leaders from around the world who have turned their backs to the Tibetan leadership, even snubbing His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to build or strengthen ties with China, the economic and political dragon of the east. The Tibetan leadership, whom China views as an illegal separatist group, are realising that no one wants to see them anymore since to do so would provoke the ire of a rising global super power than no nation can ignore.

Clearly fewer world leaders are willing to be seen with the Tibetan leadership, even snubbing the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama (Source:

So high is the opportunity costs of being on the wrong side of China that there is a crescendo of voices asking what a country or leader achieves by being friendly with and meeting the Tibetan leadership or His Holiness. The answer is very simple: they get a boost of that ‘oh-so-fleeting feel-good’ sense from meeting someone who is internationally renowned with a reputation of being a man of world peace and religious harmony.

In truth, it was ‘cheap’ to befriend the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership, and it was an easy and convenient way to be seen supporting the rhetoric long associated with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans in exile. And apart from light vocal support which is nothing more than the small change in our pockets, there is little else involved in ‘supporting’ the Tibetan cause. History shows this to be true and in fact leaders around the world do nothing to help the Tibetan cause, whether it is the rangzen movement (complete independence) or even the umaylam (middle way) approach propagated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Some may argue that the United States of America is an exception as a true friend of the Tibetan people and that would also be wrong. The US$19 million that America offers the Tibetans annually is a paltry sum that disappears into decimal fractions when considered against the US$35 billion the American government allocates as foreign aid.

So there is no upside being friends with the Tibetan leadership. On the other hand, with the fiscal and political rise of the global powerhouse that is China, leaders around the world are becoming aware of the importance of maintaining a good relationship with them.

And yet, despite the great diplomatic and economic gains that come from being friendly with China (that in turn sustains and stimulates respective local economies) there is still a handful of ordinary citizens in countries all over the world who still protest against China. When their actions are examined however, we see clearly that their strong principles are incongruous with their way of life. If they were so genuinely passionate about China’s so-called human rights violations and have decided to lobby against any form of ties with China, should they not be protesting against their own government’s involvement with China that creates jobs and a vibrant economy for their own country? What is worse than a person who does something, is a person who stands by idly and watches the events unfold.

The pendulum now swings against the Tibetan leadership and there are increasing instances in which the Tibetan leadership have been ignored or sidelined by world because to be seen with the Tibetan leadership reaps the same consequences as a Tibetan being seen with a Dorje Shugden practitioner.


United Kingdom: David Cameron Makes Up to China After Meeting Dalai Lama (May 2013)

British Ex-Prime Minster David Cameron

Then British Prime Minister David Cameron stated his resolve for the UK to become a destination for Chinese investment, pacifying China after meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2012. His office had previous refused to apologize for the meeting but in doing so jeopardized the £8bil Chinese investment in the UK, forcing David Cameron to take steps to make amends, mirroring a similar situation faced by former French President Nicholas Sarkozy.



China Granted Seat on United Nations Human Rights Council (May 2013)

Despite reservations from campaigners concerned with China’s history of human rights abuses, China was granted an influential seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2013. Based on equitable geographical distribution, China ran for the seat uncontested, showcasing its political prowess.



Norway Snubs Dalai Lama (May 2014)

When the Dalai Lama was set to arrive in Norway to attend the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian government decided that none of its representatives would meet him. The decision was taken in order to appease China, after Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Lu Xiaobo is considered a dissident by the Chinese and angered them to impose a partial trade embargo on Norwegian Salmon, one of the country’s most important exports, which the Norwegian government sought to resolve through not meeting His Holiness.



Dalai Lama Refused Entry to South Africa (October 2014)

South Africa refused to grant a visa to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates. Though the summit was cancelled after other laureates pulled out in protest, South African authorities stood firm in their decision, showing their support to China.



Pope Francis Snubs Dalai Lama (December 2014)

Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis

As reported in the Telegraph, Pope Francis decided not to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama at an event held for Nobel Prize winners, given the Catholic Church’s move to strengthen ties with China. Since both religious leaders are held in high regard and are known to promote the same values, the act of not meeting speaks volumes. It’s obvious that the Catholic Church sees its relations with China as more important than the Tibetan leadership.



Dalai Lama’s Meetings With Indian Politicians Cancelled (May 2015)

Narendra Modi, current Prime Minister of India

As a run up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first State visit to China, he cancelled a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party in order improve Sino-Indian relations. The meeting was considered ‘highly inappropriate’ given the upcoming visit, as it would have hindered attempts at improved relations between the two economic powerhouses.



Sino-UK Relations Strengthened After Xi Jinping’s State Visit (October 2015)

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain

During a four-day State visit to the UK, Xi Jinping heralded a new era of Sino-British relations and meetings between dignitaries, diplomats and politicians. Queen Elizabeth II described called the visit a “defining moment” and even praised the “everlasting friendship” between the two countries. It was the first State visit by a Chinese premier for 10 years. Xi Jinping was accompanied by his wife, the First Lady Peng Liyuan, and was received with full state honors. The Queen also described the visit as “a milestone in the unprecedented year of co-operation and friendship between the United Kingdom and China” as David Cameron and George Osborne pursue a policy of making Britain China’s most important European trading partner.



China’s Anger Over President Obama’s Meeting With Dalai Lama (June 2016)

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama

A meeting between US President Barack Obama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, sparked anger amongst Chinese officials. The Dalai Lama was received in the Map Room, compared to in the Oval Office, which is a venue typically reserved for government leaders and visiting heads of state. A displeased Beijing has previously criticized any move that would lend legitimacy to the Dalai Lama’s claim that Tibet should be independent from China.



Talks of Tibetans becoming Indian Citizens (August 2016)

Nikkei Asian Review recounts reports from a source in the Indian Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh group (National Volunteer Organization, or RSS) of talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi surrounding the future of Tibetans in India. Once the arrangement is made public, Tibetans in India would be required to become Indian citizens upon the passing of His Holiness, effectively ending the CTA entirely.



Sikyong Lobsang Sangay Pleads with British Government Not to Forget the Tibetans (October 2016)

Prime Minister of the CTA, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, pleaded with the British government not to forget the Tibetans, during a time when Britain is leaving the European Union and as it strengthen ties with China. Citing historical records, and Britain’s change in stance in 2008 when the then Foreign Secretary David Miliband recognized Tibet as part of the People’s Republic of China, he implored Britain to re-evaluate its engagement with China.



Philippines Moves to Support China (October 2016)

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines

Traditionally a stronghold of American interests and reliance on their support, the Philippines has made moves to align itself with the People’s Republic of China. President Rodrigo Duterte visited China together with over 200 Filipino businessmen for talks, praising China’s internal and external policies, stating that it was China that could help to make the Philippines, a major player in the region. He made it clear where he sees the future of the Philippines, side by side with China.



China Cancels Top-Level Bilateral Meeting with Slovakia (November 2016)

President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska

China cancelled a highly anticipated top-level bilateral meeting with Slovakia’s Prime Minster Robert Fico, following Slovakia President Andrej Kiska’s move to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Channel NewsAsia reports that the president’s move damaged important relations with China, and steps were taken to mend ties with the Chinese.



Vatican Deal With China To Normalise Relations (November 2016)

In a move to improve relations with China and to normalize the Holy See’s religious presence in China, the Catholic Church are in talks with Chinese authorities. The Pope has mas made it very clear in the past that he is eager to reach some sort of consensus regarding the Church’s presence in China, which outlawed religion as part of its historical communist regime.



Former Nepalese Prime Minister Confirms Pro-Chinese Stance, Denies Involvement With Tibetan leadership (November 2016)

Ex-Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba

Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba confirmed the Nepalese Government and his own Nepali Congress party are firm on the ‘one-China’ policy in response to ‘false reports’ of his meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India. This policy sees Tibet as part of the People’s Republic of China, effectively negating the legitimacy of the CTA, who are seen as a separatist movement and not a governing body.



Czech Minister’s meeting with China Cancelled (November 2016)

Marian Jurecka, Agricultural Minister of the Czech Republic

China cancelled meetings with Czech Agricultural Minister Marian Jurecka following the Culture Minister Daniel Harmon’s meeting with the His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Prague. This incident led to the Czech President, Prime Minister, Head of the Senate and Head of Chamber of Deputies issuing a joint statement, which clarified that meeting with the Dalai Lama did not equate a change in the Czech Republic’s official policies, which is pro-Chinese, in an attempt to placate them.


Given the growing trend of countries and leaders supporting China, the CTA are floundering in their attempts to maintain relevance on the world scene. Rather than continue with their attempts to counter Chinese authorities, it would make sense for the Tibetan leadership to become friends with China in order to survive the rise of the colossal economic dragon of the East.

As world leaders continue their support for China, will the CTA realize they need to stop antagonizing China and change with the times, or will the previous karmic potentials of discord they planted through the ban on Dorje Shugden and other negative actions catch up to them? Will they pull through this shift in world politics and economics or will they fall by the wayside in China’s massive wake?

In terms of karma, you reap what you sow. Since the CTA persecuted, discriminated and segregated, they created the karma to receive the exact same outcome. The signs of this manifestation are present in the world now, as China comes to the forefront of global politics and economics, and countries re-align themselves with a new world order but are the CTA really taking note of it? Only time will tell, but from the CTA’s history of political inadequacy and self-caused issues, it would take a miracle for them to implement sincere change, even in the face of such drastic global transformation. The Tibetan leadership should really make amends with all the damage they have done with the discriminatory Dorje Shugden ban where devotees are so segregated and made out to be pariahs. They should apologize and stop encouraging and ‘advising’ against the Dorje Shugden religious practice or any practice. Give religious freedom and purify their karma. Time is not on their side.


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  1. Being seen with the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Leaders are becoming more and more unattractive for trade and for fostering close ties with China. And the world needs to foster close ties with China.. hell even Mr. Trump wants to work closely with China now >

    So you can really forget about Trump helping Tibetans and the Tibet Cause, cos not only is he a racist, he is also against immigrants and I hope that all those in the USA are legal or they are going back where they came from as he has mentioned.

    So Mr. Lobsang Sangay and Mr. Penpa what you gonna do now? No more free money and hand me downs from the USA. Trump couldn’t care less… he only cares about making money and doing business. What have you got to offer them? The real sharks are out now and if you keep blaming China instead of being smart and quickly foster ties with them, you are gonna be eaten by the shark. Those white supremacy gov ain’t gonna care for Tibetans. You would have a better chance with an Asian government like China. After all you guys are all Asian, like labels or not… it is the truth. Wake up and smell the new world… tables have turned.

    P.S. I cannot help but to think is this the end of CTA if Trump & Xi join forces? Both will be happy to stump CTA out for good. And maybe maybe maybe then Shugden practitioner will have some peace! So stupid of them to divide their own people. Karma dude!

  2. Even as the CTA forsake their own brethren around the world, the other world leaders have to take care of their own citizens. Therefore, they will not get on the wrong side of China, a very up and coming economic power. China is not perfect, but then again who is? All I can say despite the ugly image of China, it is a different China from the times of Mao.They have conceded religious freedom and China has given that to her citizens.

    What can i say except that CTA has taken the opposite route. They maintain the feudal thinking of the Tibet of old. Ruling by oppression and crowd frenzy will fail in the long run.

  3. As we can see socialism can not help to overcome a single problem but cause and effect many problems for people of china. May all chinese people be blessed with wisdom and compassion and protect them from socialism, problems, suffering and frustration.

    For china this situation is very sad because chinese people appreciate wisdom very much and is a very strong aspect of their history that is much stronger than socialism that is far away from reality and only leads to many problems, suffering and frustration.

    Because reality is free of lastingness and non-existence, eternalism and nihilism as well as socialism/communism is just illusion and impermanent.

    The illusion of socialism has harmed china too much, but due to the conciousness or wisdom of chinese people socialism has no chance at all and will liberate china from socialism sooner or later anyway.

    Reality is free of latingness and non-existence, socialists can’t do anything about it because their illusions are impermanent because their conciousness is free of lastingness and non-existence – so wisdom and compassion will arise sooner or later muc stronger than now for freedom and wellbeing. Space is the magic healing power behind it that wipes away socialism and socialists can’t do anything about it.

    I pray for china and chinese people to become free of socialism and suffering that is caused by socialism. May wisdom and compassion increase in china and never fail again for the benifit of china.

  4. The times have changed and China has now become the world’s largest economy. Tibet has created heavy karma by suppressing the Dorje Shugden practice and karma seems to catch up.

    Tibet should find ways to conciliate with China for the benefit of their people and the Tibetan cause. In Buddhism we learn about impermanence.

    I think it is better to embrace the change instead of fighting a lost cause.

  5. China’s influence has grown very fast in the world. As as many countries are depended on China more than ever, it will be hard for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to stay relevant and build diplomatic relationship with other countries.

    It is a fact that the CTA is very much depended on foreign donation to sustain itself and many of its programs. Therefore, I think the only way for the CTA to maintain its relevance is by befriending China and at least act with civility.

  6. The reputation of leaders of Tibetan in exile is a long repertoire of senseless administration, corruption and empty promises. There is no surprise people, smart people a.k.a leaders of other countries can see through these repertoire and distance themselves, especially after millions of charity dollars poured into the so-called Tibetan causes where nothing, literally nothing, happened for the past 50 over years. Anyone would be ashamed to be seen with such an inefficient, senselessly corrupted leadership.

  7. There is a report of talks between Chinese President Xi JinPing and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the future of Tibetans in India. Once made public, the Tibetans in India will have to become Indian citizens with the passing of HH the Dalai Lama. This will effectively end the ‘reign’ of the CTA.

    Furthermore, most democracies (big and small) in the world now see that Tibet is an unalienable part of China. They will no longer support the struggle for Tibetan Independence, for which(egged on by the CTA) over 100 Tibetan monks and Lay people have self -immolated. The human rights issue of the Tibetans is a feeble one as China itself is sitting on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Then again, karma will come back to the anti Shugden CTA and their people for the human rights violation they have meted out in discriminating and persecuting against Shugden practitioners at home and abroad.

    As China’s economic might has grown to make it the first economic superpower in the world, countries are turning their backs on Tibet, and their leaders are making overtures of friendship to the Chinese leaders like Xi Jinping. So, it behoves the Tibetan leadership to start befriending the Chinese and their leaders. It they continue to irritate and annoy the Chinese with their insistence on Rangzen and the like, they will lose all their cards, if they have any card left to play with the Chinese. Now is the time to think seriously about preserving in Tibet, the Tibetan culture and language.For with Tibetan emigrants, they will soon lose their mother tongue and their culture as they assimilate the language and culture of their country of adoption. The last bastion of preserving Tibetan Culture and Language will still be Tibet in China.

  8. It is not the fault or karma of the tibetan people it is the fault and karma of all other nations that don’t appreciate the benifit of cultivating wisdom and compassion (dignity) that is freedom and wellbeing and only can be effected by actions that are rooted in dignity.

    Nations invest more money in weapons and applying violence than education and training in dignity and cultivating dignity. These nations don’t educate and train their people in dignity but only educate and train their people in dualism so that they only function in their dualistic betray systems like a cow that only has to give milk to keep up the dualistic betray system. Dignity is the enemy for these dualistic betray systems and are in conflict with another and with absolute truth.

    This is not the fault and not the karma of tibetan people, it is the fault and karma of all other nations that will fail because reality is free of lastingness and non-existence. That means that reality is non-duality and duality is an illusion and only can fail within non-duality/reality (Just take a look at human history). Violence is rooted in illusions and are impermanent but non-duality is a continuum, so wisdom and compassion is a continuum and only can be victorious.

    From bön we know that about 18.000 years many buddhas appeared and spread dharma, during this time until today many dualistic betray systems with their violence appeared and dissappeared (failed) but dharma is still there (victorious) and this will continue because spacecontinuum is there and conciousnesscontinuum comes along with it that is wisdom and compassion (rigpa rangshar – self arising wisdom and compassion or tikle of wisdom and compassion) that will allways araise within mankind as so called buddhas that spread dharma for the benifit of all beings.

    So don’t worry about dharma, lineages and all the next buddhas that will appear within mankind. It will happen because space happens, because conciousness happens, because wisdom and compassion happens all the time anyway.

    Illusions are impermanent, violence is impermanent, conciousness or awareness is a continuum and illusions only can fail but wisdom and compassion only can be victorious, so don’t worry just continue with dharma study and practice.

    Just integrate vajrakilaya and dharmapala practice into your every day practice.

    I love you all and practice for you all.

  9. Once the world was the stage for the CTA and the Dalai Lama, to go around the world and win the sympathies of the countries around the world. But that day is over, as the Tibetan struggle lacks the moral authority to push its cause forward, a nation of people who are oppressed and practices oppression no good can come out of it. I never thought this day would come but somehow the wheel of sharp weapons has descended on Umaylam and the CTA, their words and persuasion lack power to get the backing of various nations.

    China on the other has developed Tibet to a state of a developing nation with much infrastructure projects to modernise the Tibetan landscape. Yes China is not perfect, but neither were the West when they colonized more than half the world, the West butchered and enslaved people who did not fit their idea of civilised society. So for the West and the US to make trouble for China, is purely out of jealousy and fear of the rise of China. Not exactly idealism or to protect Tibetans at all.

  10. Just to add the information to the article above, after the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Mongolia, the CTA applauded the Mongolian government for allowing the visit. However, Mongolia is now suffering from the consequences of this visit. China cancels all diplomatic meetings including negotiation of $4.2 billion loan that can get Mongolia out of recession. The CTA is staying quiet over this whole ordeal… there is no indication that they are giving any form of support at all to Mongolia.

  11. CTA has long been dependent on the Dalai Lama’s fame and reputation to bring the necessary attention and aid to the Tibetans-In-Exile but now that the heads of states are turning away towards China, if CTA is wise, they will start to make overtures to China. The Dalai Lama had long given up his political position in hopes of negotiating for the return to Tibet under condition of Autonomous Rule but I think that CTA had never supported that. CTA dare not accept Autonomous Rule as it will mean an end of them. They had not gain any political strength other than create much discord in propoganda against China and then placed an illogical ban on Dorje Shugden protector practice which is 400 years old. This ban under CTA’s directive and rhetoric had brought on segregation, discrimination and sufferings on to their own people/practitioners and diluted their strength as a whole. Karma payback certainly is right in explaining the situation that CTA is in now. Deservingly so. If CTA is smart, mend bridges with Shugden practitioners which number millions throughout the world and especially Shugden Lamas who had made friends with China (for non-political religious reasons). They could be the bridge for CTA to reach out to China.

    My goodness, I was shocked that CTA had been receiving USD19 million in sponsorship from the US government annually. With that kind of monies, CTA could have done so much to help their people out of their refugee status and simulate into their respective societies (countries of stay). Instead CTA squander the monies on propaganda against China and then against Shugden practitioners. CTA is now a habituated “freeloader” always asking for donations whenever they faced problems. Like the recent drought situation in South India that had affected their people (majority of whom were farmers). Instead of helping them financially, CTA spent huge amount of monies on media and 400 page booklets promoting hatred against Dorje Shugden and his practitioners. What logic is that? Then they appeal to others for donations to help Tibetan drought victims. If that is not freeloading, then what is?

    The way forward is very clear and straightforward. CTA must lift the Shugden Ban to garner support of all Tibetan Buddhist practitioners (Tibetans & non-Tibetans). Show China their sincerity by stopping all forms of propagandas against China and by practicing good governance. No countries want troublemakers in their homegrounds. Make humble political overtures through friendly parties who are close with the Chinese government. Maybe the Dalai Lama will get his wish for that much awaited dialogue with China.

  12. It’s mind boggling that the CTA has not learned anything even after over half a century of failures. The 2008 Beijing Olympics was the turning point and it signalled that the nations of the world were beginning to view China differently than before. The CTA should have taken the cue and made more diplomatic overtures to China.

    Clearly its too late for the CTA to have any hope of returning the Tibetan home on the CTA’s terms (Rangzen or Umaylam), and it is fast becoming redundant. Yearly scores of Tibetans in exile had chosen to return to Tibet on their own accord and the monasteries as thinning out.

    Soon Lobsang Sangay will be a leader with no country and no people.

  13. CTA has gotten away with reckless and downright senseless administration and empty promises for so long that they still think they can get away with it. Except that things have changed, and CTA’s sob story no longer cut it for many. In addition, China has grown to be such an economic force that many would think twice about getting on their bad side.

    Even those who were willing to play along with CTA to make things difficult for China previously (naturally driven by their own reasons then), it is obvious that it is no longer such case. As China gets more powerful in its economic ties and investments worldwide, like it or not, the harsh truth is that people will soon willingly overlook and forget the occupation of Tibet, and will move towards developing with China.

    Further, it is undeniable that under China’s ruling, Tibet is flourishing. Infrastructure has dramatically improved, and economy in Tibet has been revamped and diversified with reportedly positive results. Also, Tibetans who never left Tibet are glaringly faring way better than those in Dharamsala. In fact, despite millions of charity dollars given to CTA for the benefit of Tibetans and/or Tibetan causes, CTA has nothing to really show for and it’s almost half a decade of aid. All the more reasons for leaders of other countries to disassociate themselves from CTA, who are not only obviously inapt but also plagued by many allegations of corruptions and serious criminal wrong-doings.

    At the end of the day, the reality is that “it is every man for himself ” and so, naturally, the other world leaders prioritise their countries’ interests over any other issues.

  14. Here’s another one.

    By Ritu Raj Subedi associate editor of The Rising Nepal.

    “Of late, Nepalese politicians have committed various diplomatic gaffes that made Chinese hackles rise. Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, a prime minister-in-waiting, caused controversy by attending the India Ideas Conclave that featured a video message from the Dalai Lama. At the opening ceremony, Deuba had sat next to Lobsang Sangay, a representative of Dalai Lama, but, although refuting news reports he had met the latter, his diplomatic blooper raised questions about the NC’s commitment to One China Policy.

    “Deuba’s presence in the controversial meeting was simply unacceptable,” said Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, an influential figure in the NC and a former foreign minister. He insisted the party had been firm on the One China Policy from the beginning.

    In a bid at damage control, the government and the NC separately issued statements, reiterating Nepal’s commitment to the policy. Deuba had claimed that he was ignorant of other participating guests. However, sources insisted he had known who would participate and the nature of the event in advance.”

  15. The Shugden groups can dare defy the Dalai Lama because they don’t have a country. The Tibetans are scattered all over the world and they have their various power basis from their various countries. I’ve spoken to Ms. Dhardon Sharling about this. If all the Tibetans were back in Tibet, they would have no chance to defy the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama’s government would crush them into silence. How dare they defy the Dalai Lama. Democracy is not for the backwards and illiterate Tibetans. They need a strong, smart and able ruler like the Dalai Lama and his ministers to tell them what is good or bad for them. The Dorje Shugden practice should be banned completely from the Tibetans and Tibetan nation because it is a harmful practice. And no religious freedom should be allowed to let this Dorje Shugden religion arise. In history, many other harmful religions were suppressed for the good of mankind. Shugden should be suppressed and all people who practice him should be forced to give up the practice.

  16. Everyone should go and take a picture with the Dalai Lama and post it. It will boost ‘business’. It’s made me look really valid and more people trust what I am saying simply because I have my picture taken with the Dalai Lama. I’ve roped in Carole MccQuirre and gang to do the same things. You see because I am from East Germany and we don’t believe in any sort of religious freedom. Whatever the regime in the past told you to do, you do it without question. The Shugden groups should not be allowed to practice their religion because the Dalai lama says so. We shouldn’t question the Dalai Lama or defy him. After all he is not human but a god. So if Dalai Lama says don’t practice Dorje Shugden, just follow along without question because why should there be religious freedom. The populace are too stupid to see what religion is good and what is harmful.

  17. I agree with you Paljor. The Tibetans do not need democracy, but a strong firm hand to tell them what to do. They are not like we educated English people who can handle and know what to do with democracy. The fact that Tibetans have no real elected leaders and the leader is really the Dalai Lama for the last 60 years is good news. Tibetans cannot elect their own leaders. When the Dalai Lama dies, we wait for him to reincarnate back and take over again because he is the only leader that can handle Tibetans.

  18. The world is finally waking up and realizing what a waste of energy, money and resources it was to support the Tibetan leadership in exile. I run a support page on Facebook for the Tibetan leadership. Now I will close it down because I really was duped. Tibetan in 60 years have made no headway with China, they will never make headway because China is growing immensely powerful and Tibetans in exile are nothing.

  19. The Dalai Lama should not travel to countries that he knows will damage that country’s relations with China. China is a chief economic power and many countries would benefit from a relationship with China. If Dalai Lama knowingly travels those country at the expense of their economic benefit with China, that would not be very shrewd as it will backfire. Eventually that country will have repercussions with China and ban the Dalai Lama anyways. Dalai Lama should consider carefully where he travels in order to not damage the country’s economic relationship with powerhouse China.

    Dalai Lama should do his best to extend the olive branch to China and become friends. Dalai Lama should not antagonize China in any way for the sake of his people. It’s important.

  20. Tibetans always make trouble wherever they live. They will not live quietly and appreciate the bigger economic goals of their host country. Many countries have a economic need to be friends with China as the cold war with China is thawing out. But Tibetans will never understand this. The needs of the 6 million Tibetans to them outweigh the needs of the rest of the 7 billion persons on this planet.

  21. Tibetans always make trouble wherever they live. They will not live quietly and appreciate the bigger economic goals of their host country. Many countries have a economic need to be friends with China as the cold war with China is thawing out. But Tibetans will never understand this. The needs of the 6 million Tibetans to them outweigh the needs of the rest of the 7 billion persons on this planet.

  22. Fuck

  23. Nobody believes anymore in the Tibetan Movement! Rangzen has his own agenda and does not follow Dalai Lama’s wish of Umaylam! Rangzen is paid by the CCP for sure!

    And the CTA… only wants money, money, money… What a bunch of losers! Instead of doing their job, they fill their pockets. Great – and the Tibetans can vegetate in the Tibetan settlements! 😤😤😤

  24. Nechung is ZUMA 👎 before I m think he is one of d best when I m watch dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we r not back to Tibet yt Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

  25. An increasing number of countries in the world are choosing to align themselves with China and establish good relationships, the latest being the Central American country of Panama. With the promise of Chinese business, investments and infrastructure projects, world leaders will not be hesitant when it comes to starting positive relationships with China. The choice is obvious when the benefits are so many.

    Panama shift to China

  26. An increasing number of countries in the world are choosing to align themselves with China and establish good relationships, with the latest being the Central American country of Panama. With the promise of Chinese business, investments and infrastructure projects, world leaders will not be hesitant when it comes to starting positive relationships with China. The choice is obvious when the benefits are so many.

    Panama shift to China

  27. In Nepal, the former Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba may soon be ousted as party chief and one of the reasons being cited is his sharing of the stage with Lobsang Sangay i.e. he supports the CTA and Tibetans. This follows the recent example of India, whose Foreign Secretary issued a directive stating all Indian officials should not attend CTA-hosted events in conjunction with their “Thank You India” campaign. After the Dalai Lama’s most recent trip to Mongolia, the backlash against the Mongolian President was so strong, he was forced to ban the Dalai Lama from Mongolia.

    Never mind China sanctioning them, or expressing displeasure on an international level. What these politicians are facing even domestically are internal sanctions for expressing support for the CTA. The message is clear and that is, it is bad news to be seen with the CTA.

    If politicians are being discouraged on all levels from supporting the CTA, it is only a matter of time before the Tibetans find themselves on the very lonely, losing end of their fight against China.

    Singh, Sitaula seek early convention
    congress cwc meeting
    - Post Report, Kathmandu
    Mar 24, 2018-Raising serious questions over Sher Bahadur Deuba’s leadership as the party president, Nepali Congress senior leaders Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Prakash Man Singh have demanded a general convention at the earliest to decide on leadership change.
    Speaking at the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting that began in the Capital on Friday, both the leaders said the party convention should be held as soon as possible by amending the party statute through a Mahasamiti meeting. The duo also urged Deuba either to amend his working style or step down as the party chief. Deuba was elected the party president in March 2016 and has two years of his tenure remaining.
    Both the leaders heavily criticised several decisions taken by Deuba as party president and as prime minister, stating that he had complete monopoly over decision-making and that his decisions were “unpopular and controversial”.
    Both Singh and Sitaula, who represent two rival factions of the party, blamed then-PM Deuba’s “weak leadership” for the party’s humiliating defeat in the federal and provincial elections held in November-December last year. Singh not only asked Deuba to resign after the poll debacle but also stood against him in the Parliamentary Party election.
    Presenting a written document at the meeting, Singh attributed a weak organisation, ideological and policy ambiguities and inefficient leadership as the major reasons behind the NC’s worst electoral showing ever. He also demanded a meeting of the Mahasamiti to take decisions on the party ideology, policies and programmes and organisational issues.
    With Deuba preparing to appoint office bearers, Singh argued that there was no need for such appointments any more. “The appointments and formation of party departments should have taken place within two months of the general convention,” he said. In his political document, Singh said Deuba committed mistakes on the foreign policy front too.
    Deuba’s participation as the NC president in a programme organised by India Foundation, a think tank close to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, in Goa in 2016 where Deuba reportedly shared the stage with Lobsang Sangay, chief of the Dalai Lama’s government in exile, was detrimental to cordial relations with Nepal’s neighbours, according to Singh.
    Senior leader Sitaula also pressed for the general convention to take decisions on leadership change while criticising both Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel for failing to lead the party effectively.
    Arbitrary distribution of election tickets and the lack of financial transparency were other reasons behind the party’s defeat, according to Sitaula. Hinting at Deuba, Sitaula said, “You could capture the party but communist forces are capturing state power.”
    CWC member Narayan Khadka said factional politics must end for the party to get a fresh impetus. “Factional politics must end today if we want to rebuild the party,” he remarked.
    The CWC, called four months after the elections, is expected to set the date for Mahasamiti meeting having reviewed the election results.
    Published: 24-03-2018 07:46


  28. It pays to make good relations with China. After the Dalai Lama cancelled his visit to Botswana, China responded immediately with encouraging news that bilateral relations with Botswana will progress.

    There is no way to deny China’s economic prowess, and many countries, including India, the host of the exiled Tibetans for the past 60 years know that it is not worth to risk bilateral ties with China for the Tibetan cause. After snubbing the Tibetan leadership and cancellation of key Tibetan events in Delhi recently, India receive the quid pro quo from China of signed commercial deals worth nearly $2.36 billion. Mongolia, who has banned the Dalai Lama from entering the country is now welcomed to carry out cross-border trade with China’s Bohai Commodity Exchange to help Mongolian agricultural products enter the Chinese market. Switzerland was the top recipient of Chinese investment in 2017 with a combined value of US$44.6bn, who since 2015 has automatically reassigned the nationality of Tibetan refugees as Chinese nationals in their residence permits.

    More and more countries have jumped on the bandwagon to reject the Tibetan leadership, including Australia, Bhutan, The Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Sweden, with the Central American country of Panama being the latest addition, and the list is expected to grow. Why would any country want to risk their economic prosperity for a lost cause like that of the Tibetan cause?

    China says ties with Botswana to progress after Dalai Lama cancels visit to African nation
    World IANS Aug 14, 2017 17:45:08 IST
    Beijing: Days after the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama cancelled his visit to Botswana, China said its ties with the African country will progress smoothly.
    Beijing said it “attaches great importance” to Botswana where state-run Chinese companies are engaged in infrastructure building.
    Botswana had invited the Dalai Lama to speak at the three-day human rights conference in the capital Gaborone, to which he had confirmed his presence. The event begins on 17 August.
    However, China was angry and warned Botswana against hosting the Dalai Lama, who has been demanding greater autonomy in China’s Tibet.
    On Saturday, the Dalai Lama said he was cancelling his Botswana visit due to “exhaustion”.
    “His Holiness has reluctantly had to concede that his 82-year-old body was telling him to rest,” a statement said.
    Reacting to the development, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: “China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama to go to any country to engage in anti-China activities in any capacity or name.
    “China attaches great importance to its friendly cooperation with Botswana. We hope the bilateral relations will move forward steady and sound way,” she said.
    China slams any country that invites or maintains contact with the Dalai Lama who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising in Tibet. He has lived in India since then.
    Published Date: Aug 14, 2017 17:42 PM | Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 17:45 PM

    China says ties with Botswana to progress after Dalai Lama cancels visit to African nation

  29. What will the all the people around the world and in Tibet do now? Dalai Lama says he is happy that Tibet is a part of China and should remain a part of China. So many Tibetans self-immolated for Tibet to be independent and now Dalai Lama did a 360 degree turn and says he wants to go back to Tibet and China and Tibet should be a part of China. So unbelievable. So many are angry and disappointed.

    Tibetans ready to be part of China: Dalai Lama
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Tibetans are ready to be a part of China if guaranteed full rights to preserve their culture, the Dalai Lama said on Friday.
    “Tibetans are not asking for independence. We are okay with remaining with the People’s Republic of China, provided we have full rights to preserve our culture,” the 83-year-old spiritual leader said at “Thank You Karnataka” event here in the city.
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    “Several of Chinese citizens practicing Buddhism are keen on Tibetan Buddhism as it is considered scientific,” the Nobel laureate said.
    Born in Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. He fled to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959.
    China annexed Tibet in 1950, forcing thousands of Tibetans, including monks, to flee the mountain country and settle in India as refugees.
    Since then, India has been home to over 100,000 Tibetans majorly settled in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh among other states.


  30. Dear Dalai Lama,

    Since you started the cruel ban against the 350 year Dorje Shugden practice, how has it benefit your Tibetan society and Buddhism in the world? Things have become worse and most educated Tibetans can see this. They don’t speak out not because they don’t see your ban as wrong, but you instill fear in them and not respect. It is like fear of a dictator. I am sorry to say so. Everyone is divided. There is no harmony. Before your ban there was more harmony and unity.

    By enacting the ban, you split the monasteries, split so many families, split regions in Tibet apart, split your disciples from you, split your own gurus from you, split Tibetan Buddhism apart. You have created so much disharmony.

    It is not democratic what you have done to ban a religion within your community. You always talk of tolerance and acceptance and democracy and yet you do not accept and tolerate something different from your beliefs. When people practice Dorje Shugden you ostracize them, ban them from seeing you, ban them from using Tibetan facilities. You know you have done that. There are videos that capture your speech and prove this point. You even had people expelled from monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Some of the monks you expelled have been in the monastery for over 40 years. Many older monks shed tears because of this.

    Many young educated Tibetans lost confidence in you as they saw the damage the Dorje Shugden ban created and they lose hope. Many have become free thinkers. They reject what you have done. So many people in the west left Buddhism because of the confusion you created with this ban against Dorje Shugden which is immoral.

    You could of had millions of people who practice Dorje Shugden to support, love and follow you, but you scared them away. They are hurt and very disappointed. They loved you and respected you deeply before the ban. It has been 60 years and you have failed to get Tibet back. Your biggest failure is not getting Tibet back after 57 years in exile. Now you are begging China to allow you to return to Tibet to the disappointment of thousands of people who fought for a free Tibet believing in you. So many self-immolated for a free Tibet and now you want Tibet to be a part of China with no referendum from Tibetans. Just like a dictator, you decide on your own. It was your government and you that lost Tibet in the first place. Your policies and style of doing things do not benefit Tibet and Buddhism. You have been the sole ruler of Tibet your whole life and you still have not gotten our country of Tibet back for us. Our families and us are separated. Yet you create more pain by creating a ban to further divide people. Please have compassion.

    No other Buddhist leader has banned or condemned any religion except for you. It looks very bad. You are a Nobel laureate and this is not fitting of a laureate. You should unite people and not separate them by religious differences.

    You said Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi did not do right to the Rohingya people in Myanmar due to religious differences, but you are doing the same thing to the Shugden Buddhists within your own society. There is a parallel in this. You separate the Shugden Buddhists from the others in Tibetan society.

    You have lost so many people who would have loved and supported you. You have lost so much support around the world. The Shugden Buddhists who love you number in the millions. When you are fast losing support from governments and private people, it will not do you well to lose more.

    After you are passed away in the future, the rift you created between the Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people will remain for a while and that will be your legacy. Disharmony. You will be remembered for this. Not as a hero but a disharmony creator.

    Dorje Shugden will spread and further grow, but you will be no more as you are a human. No one wishes you bad and in fact we hope you have a long and healthy life, but we have lost so much hope and have so much despair because of you. All the hundreds of Dorje Shugden lamas, tulkus and geshes are maturing and there are hundreds of Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet who will not give up Dorje Shugden. You have made a mistake. These hundreds of teachers and teachers to be will spread Dorje Shugden further in the future.

    The gurus that gave us Dorje Shugden as a spiritual practice and you have called these holy gurus wrong and they are mistaken in giving us Dorje Shugden. How can you insult our gurus whom we respect so much? If they can be wrong, then you can be wrong. Then all gurus can be wrong. So no one needs to listen to any guru? You have created this trend. It is not healthy. Your own gurus practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Your own gurus were exemplary and highly learned.

    Dalai Lama you have created so much pain with this ban against so many people due to religion. You are ageing fast. Are you going to do anything about it or stay stubborn, hard and un-moving. You show a smile and preach peace and harmony wherever you go. But will you do the same to your own people? Please rectify the wrong you have done. Please before it is too late. You can create harmony again or you can pass away in the future with this legacy of peace. May you live long and think carefully and admit what was a mistake in having this unethical ban against Dorje Shugden religion.

  31. Why doesn’t the United States and its allies end Refugee Status for the useless Tibetans? They have been refugees for 60 years now and don’t tell me they still cannot get their lives back in order?

    Tibetans really know how to put on a good show and use people, take their money and do nothing in return.

    Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians
    In internal emails, Jared Kushner advocated a “sincere effort to disrupt” the U.N.’s relief agency for Palestinians.
    Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has provided food and essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, according to internal emails obtained by Foreign Policy.
    His initiative is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to both American and Palestinian officials. At least two bills now making their way through Congress address the issue.
    Kushner, whom Trump has charged with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been reluctant to speak publicly about any aspect of his Middle East diplomacy. A peace plan he’s been working on with other U.S. officials for some 18 months has been one of Washington’s most closely held documents.
    But his position on the refugee issue and his animus toward the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is evident in internal emails written by Kushner and others earlier this year.
    “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote about the agency in one of those emails, dated Jan. 11 and addressed to several other senior officials, including Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
    “This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” he wrote.
    The United States has helped fund UNRWA since it was formed in 1949 to provide relief for Palestinians displaced from their homes following the establishment of the State of Israel and ensuing international war. Previous administrations have viewed the agency as a critical contributor to stability in the region.
    But many Israel supporters in the United States today see UNRWA as part of an international infrastructure that has artificially kept the refugee issue alive and kindled hopes among the exiled Palestinians that they might someday return home—a possibility Israel flatly rules out.
    Critics of the agency point in particular to its policy of granting refugee status not just to those who fled Mandatory Palestine 70 years ago but to their descendants as well—accounting that puts the refugee population at around 5 million, nearly one-third of whom live in camps across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza.
    By trying to unwind UNRWA, the Trump administration appears ready to reset the terms of the Palestinian refugee issue in Israel’s favor—as it did on another key issue in December, when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    In the same January email, Kushner wrote: “Our goal can’t be to keep things stable and as they are. … Sometimes you have to strategically risk breaking things in order to get there.”
    Kushner raised the refugee issue with officials in Jordan during a visit to the region in June, along with Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. According to Palestinian officials, he pressed the Jordan to strip its more than 2 million registered Palestinians of their refugee status so that UNRWA would no longer need to operate there.
    “[Kushner said] the resettlement has to take place in the host countries and these governments can do the job that UNRWA was doing,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    She said the Trump administration wanted rich Arab Gulf states to cover the costs Jordan might incur in the process.
    “They want to take a really irresponsible, dangerous decision and the whole region will suffer,” Ashrawi said.
    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, told reporters in June that Kushner’s delegation had said it was ready to stop funding UNRWA altogether and instead direct the money—$300 million annually—to Jordan and other countries that host Palestinian refugees.
    “All this is actually aimed at liquidating the issue of the Palestinian refugees,” hesaid.
    The White House declined to comment on the record for this story. A senior executive branch official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. policy regarding the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee program “has been under frequent evaluation and internal discussion. The administration will announce its policy in due course.”
    Jordanian officials in New York and Washington did not respond to queries about the initiative.
    Kushner and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, both proposed ending funding for UNRWA back in January. But the State Department, the Pentagon, and the U.S. intelligence community all opposed the idea, fearing in part that it could fuel violence in the region.
    The following week, the State Department announced that that United States would cut the first $125 million installment of its annual payment to UNRWA by more than half, to $60 million.
    “UNRWA has been threatening us for six months that if they don’t get a check they will close schools. Nothing has happened,” Kushner wrote in the same email.
    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the time that the U.S. had no intention of eliminating funding for Palestinian refugees, and that it was taking time to explore ways to reform UNRWA and to convince other countries to help Washington shoulder the financial burden of aiding the Palestinians.
    But the following day, Victoria Coates, a senior advisor to Greenblatt, sent an email to the White House’s national security staff indicating that the White House was mulling a way to eliminate the U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees.
    “UNRWA should come up with a plan to unwind itself and become part of the UNHCR by the time its charter comes up again in 2019,” Coates wrote.
    She noted that the proposal was one of a number of “spitball ideas that I’ve had that are also informed by some thoughts I’ve picked up from Jared, Jason and Nikki.”
    Other ideas included a suggestion that the U.N. relief agency be asked to operate on a month-to-month budget and devise “a plan to remove all anti-Semitism from educational materials.”
    The ideas seemed to track closely with proposals Israel has been making for some time.
    “We believe that UNRWA needs to pass from the world as it is an organization that advocates politically against Israel and perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem,” said Elad Strohmayer, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
    Strohmayer said that Palestinians are the only population that is able to transfer its refugee status down through generations.
    The claim, though long advanced by Israel, is not entirely true.
    In an internal report from 2015, the State Department noted that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “recognizes descendants of refugees as refugees for purposes of their operations.” The report, which was recently declassified, said the descendants of Afghan, Bhutanese, Burmese, Somali, and Tibetan refugees are all recognized by the U.N. as refugees themselves.
    Of the roughly 700,000 original Palestinian refugees, only a few tens of thousands are still alive, according to estimates.
    The push to deny the status to most Palestinians refugees is also gaining traction in Congress.
    Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, introduced a bill that would limit the United States to assisting only the original refugees. Most savings in U.N. contributions would be directed to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United States’ principal international development agency. But USAID is currently constrained by the Taylor Force Act, which restricts the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends a policy of providing aid to families of fallen terrorists.
    “Instead of resettling Palestinian refugees displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1948, UNRWA provides aid to those they define as Palestinian refugees until there is a solution they deem acceptable to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Lamborn’s bill states.
    “This policy does not help resettle the refugees from 1948 but instead maintains a refugee population in perpetuity.”
    A congressional aide familiar with the legislation said its intent isn’t to gut UNRWA funding, but redirect assistance to descendants through USAID.
    “The people that are suffering should still get assistance, but through appropriately defined humanitarian channels and aid programs,” the aide said.
    Similarly, Sen. James Lankford, (R-Okla.), has drafted legislation that would redirect U.S. funding away from UNRWA and to other local and international agencies.
    The bill, which has not yet officially been introduced, would require the U.S. secretary of state certify by 2020 that the United Nations has ended its recognition of Palestinian descendants as refugees.
    “The United Nations should provide assistance to the Palestinians in a way that makes clear that the United Nations does not recognize the vast majority of Palestinians currently registered by UNRWA as refugees deserving refugee status,” reads a draft obtained by Foreign Policy.
    Previous U.S. administrations have maintained that the vast majority of Palestinian refugees will ultimately have to be absorbed in a new Palestinian state or naturalized in the countries that have hosted them for generations.
    But the fate of the refugee issue was expected to be agreed to as part of a comprehensive peace pact that resulted in the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    “It’s very clear that the overarching goal here is to eliminate the Palestinian refugees as an issue by defining them out of existence,” said Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
    “This isn’t going to make peace any easier. It’s going to make it harder.” Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians (1)

  32. Supreme Court of India JUSTICE Mr. MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) writes that Tibet is much better under the Chinese than it was under the lamas who only wanted to make the populace slaves. It was feudal and it will never return to the backwardness again.

    Time has come to acknowledge that Tibet has vastly improved under Chinese rule
    JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) | 12 August, 2018
    From a terribly poor state hinged on a feudal system, Tibet has modernised and grows faster than the rest of China
    This article has been prompted by Jyoti Malhotra’s article in ThePrint ‘Tibetan government quietly changed its PM’s designation. India won’t be unhappy about it‘.
    China’s annexation of Tibet in 1959, ousting the Dalai Lama, had attracted it worldwide criticism. The Dalai Lama fled and was granted asylum in India, where he set up a government-in-exile with its headquarters in Dharamshala.
    The Chinese claim Tibet on the grounds that it has been part of the country since the Yuan dynasty of the 13th century, which is disputed by the government-in-exile. But let us leave this that matter aside.
    The more important question is whether Chinese rule has benefited Tibet.
    The answer is that it undoubtedly has. As the Reuters’ Ben Blanchard writes: “Today Tibet is richer and more developed than it has ever been, its people healthier, more literate, better dressed and fed”.
    Although Ben goes on to argue that this development masks “a deep sense of unhappiness among many Tibetans”, I will disagree. How can anyone be unhappy if s/he is healthier, better fed and better clothed?
    Under the rule of the Dalai Lamas (Buddhist priests), the people of Tibet were terribly poor, almost entirely illiterate, and lived like feudal serfs.
    Today, Tibet presents a totally different picture. The illiteracy rate in Tibet has gone down from 95 per cent in the 1950s to 42 per cent in 2000. It has modern schools, universities, engineering and medical colleges, modern hospitals, freeways, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, mobile stores and apartment buildings. The capital Lhasa is like any other modern city.
    While the economic growth in the rest of China has slowed down to about 7 per cent, Tibet has had a 10 per cent growth rate in the last two decades.
    Tibet has huge mineral wealth, which was only awaiting Chinese technology to be tapped. Nowadays, it has numerous hydro and solar power plants and industries running with Chinese help.
    Tibetan literature is flourishing, contrary to claims that the Chinese want to crush Tibetan culture.
    Of course, now the lamas cannot treat their people as slaves.
    The so-called ‘government-in-exile’, of which Lobsang Sangay claims to be the President, is a fake organisation, funded by foreign countries. They only want to restore the feudal Tibet, ruled by the reactionary lamas, something which will never happen.
    The writer is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India

  33. While the government of Nepal has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, they have welcomed 30 Chinese NGOs to enter the country. These NGOs will penetrate the country’s social sector at the grassroots level. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal at one time. Nepal is increasingly open to Chinese influence, a sign that ties between both countries are strengthening, while India’s influence is being reduced. The time has passed for India’s monopoly to remain uninterrupted in Nepal as opportunities to engage with China are being welcomed.

    30 Chinese NGOs all set to work in Nepal
    Kathmandu, July 30
    At a time when the government has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, 30 Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal to penetrate the country’s social sector and the grassroots.
    The Social Welfare Council Nepal and China NGO Network for International Exchanges, an umbrella body of Chinese NGOs, have signed a memorandum of understanding to enable Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal. The agreement was signed yesterday between SWCN Member Secretary Dilli Prasad Bhatt and CNIE General Secretary Zhu Rui in the presence of Minister of Women, Children and Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa and Chinese Deputy Minister of External Affairs Wang Yajun.
    The agreement has paved the way for the first batch of 30 Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal for a period of three years. Their contract will be extended based on the consent of SWCN and CNIE. Representatives of these 30 Chinese NGOs were also present during yesterday’s signing ceremony. They have agreed to work in partnership with local NGOs to implement their programmes and projects.
    The Chinese NGOs are eyeing areas such as livelihood, healthcare, education, skill-based training, community development and disaster management. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs has entered Nepal at one time. The Chinese assistance so far in Nepal has largely been limited to development of infrastructure projects. But the entry of these NGOs indicates China is keen on making its presence felt in Nepal’s social sector and the grassroots, which, till date, have remained domains of the West and countries such as Japan and India.
    The MoU signed between SWCN and CNIE states that Chinese NGOs will be mobilised for ‘the benefit of needy Nepalis and to enhance ties between China and Nepal through people-to-people support programmes’.
    “The Chinese NGOs will abide by the law of Nepal in its entirety while carrying out development cooperation in Nepal,” says the MoU, adding, “Chinese NGOs will submit programmes to the SWCN to carry out development activities in partnership with Nepali NGOs and SWCN in line with plans and policies of the government of Nepal.”
    The MoU was signed at a time when the government has drafted the National Integrity Policy to limit activities of NGOs and INGOs, as some of them were found ‘trying to break communal harmony and proselytising Nepalis’. There were also concerns that high administrative cost of many NGOs and INGOs was preventing money from reaching the real beneficiaries. The policy clearly states that NGOs and INGOs cannot spend more than specified amount under administrative and consultant headings. They will also be barred from working against Nepal’s interests, culture and communal harmony and conducting activities to promote their religious, social or other agenda, adds the policy.
    Around 48,000 NGOs are currently registered in Nepal, of which only 1,600 have been receiving funds from INGOs, as per SWCN. The SWCN has directed INGOs and NGOs to spend 60 per cent of the budget to generate tangible results, while the remaining can be used to cover administrative costs and organise training, meetings and seminars.

  34. The cracks in Tibetan society are starting to show, and it is now coming to the attention of local Indians who have all but identified the Tibetan leadership as the source of the divisions. According to this author, disunity amongst the Tibetans is now creating problems for Indian law enforcement agencies, and this disunity may culminate in young Tibetans holding silent grudges against their host country. It is incredible that after six decades of generosity from India, Indians are now facing the very real possibility Tibetans can be ungrateful towards India. The Tibetan leadership totally failed to impart positive values upon their exiled community, like gratitude for those kindest to them and the need to repay these kindnesses with real, tangible results. It’s also very unlikely that the Tibetan leadership will now start to do this, after six decades of failing to do so. Indians need to realise this, and see that there is no benefit for their nation to align themselves with the Tibetan leadership, and there never will be.
    Tibetan disunity not in India’s interest
    John S. Shilshi
    Updated: August 7, 2018, 11:00 AM
    India is home to the Dalai Lama and an estimated 120,000 Tibetan refugees. Though this humanitarian gesture on India’s part comes at the cost of risking New Delhi’s relations with China, India has never wavered in ensuring that Tibetans live with dignity and respect. Notified settlements across the country were made available so that they can live as independently as possible and practice Tibetan religion and culture. They are also allowed to establish centres of higher learning in Tibetan Buddhism. As a result, several reputed Buddhist institutes came up in Karnataka, and in the Indian Himalayan belt. In what may be termed as a gesture well reciprocated, and because of the respect and influence His Holiness the Dalai Lama commands, the Tibetan diaspora also lived as a peaceful community, rarely creating problems for India’s law enforcement agencies.
    The situation, however, changed from 2000 onwards when unity amongst Tibetans suffered some setback due to developments like the Karmapa succession controversy and the controversy over worshiping of Dorje Shugden. In a unique case of politics getting the better of religion, two senior monks of the Karma kargyue sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tai Situ Rinpoche and late Shamar Rinpoche, developed serious differences after the demise of Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa, in 1981. This animosity ultimately led to emergence of two 17th Karmapa candidates in the early nineties. While Tai Situ Rinpoche identified and recognised UghyanThinley Dorje, late Shamar Rinpoche anointed Thinley Thaye Dorje as his Karmapa candidate. Enthronement of their respective protégés at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the supreme seat of the Karma Kargue linage, being their primary objective, both started indulging in activities monks normally are expected to, and bitterness spewed against each other.
    The bitter rivalry assumed a new dimension when UghyenThinley Dorje suddenly appeared in India in January 2000. The competition became fiercer and hectic political lobbying, never known in the history of Tibetan Buddhism on Indian soil, became common place. Apart from pulling strings at their disposal in Sikkim as well as in the power corridors of New Delhi, these senior monks spat against each other with allegations and counter allegations, widening the gaps between their supporters. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, choosing to favour one of the candidates—a decision many Tibet watchers felt was ill-timed—had also limited possible scope of rapprochement. Hence, the Karma Kargyue followers are now vertically divided, while the camps are dragged into a long drawn legal battle.
    Another development that unfortunately split the Tibetans is the controversy over Shugden worshipping, which again is an internal matter of the Gelugpa sect, to which the Dalai Lama belongs. It erupted as a result of the Dalai Lama urging Tibetans to refrain from worshiping Dorje Shugden, a deity believed to be a protector, according to Tibetan legend. Shugden practitioners, who felt offended by the call, describe it as an attack on freedom of religion, a right, which Dalai Lama himself tirelessly fought for. On the other hand, die hard Dalai Lama followers perceived the questioning of the decision as one challenging the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and mounted massive pressure on Dorje Shugden practitioners to relent, with some even demolishing the statues of the deity. The rivalry ultimately led to split in two Gelug monasteries in Karnataka, and Serpom and Shar Garden monasteries in Bylakupe and Mundgod respectively came under the control of Shugden followers. The bitterness associated with the split is exemplified by the fact that till today, members of these monasteries are treated as some sort of outcasts by the others. Thus, for the first time, the Tibetan diaspora in India gave birth to sections opposed to the Dalai Lama, with spillover effects in Tibet and elsewhere.
    For India, with a fragile internal security profile, a divided Tibetan population on its soil is not good news. It has several long-term implications. It is common knowledge that China considers Dalai Lama as a secessionist, one plotting to divide their country. The latter’s claim of “all that Tibetans were asking for, was a status of genuine autonomy within the Constitution of the Peoples’ Republic of China”, had fallen into deaf ears. China also considers him as someone who plays to the Indian tune to tickle China. Therefore, at a time when China has successfully shrunk the Dalai Lama’s space internationally, India continuing to extend the usual space for him is viewed as complicity. Sharp reaction from China when he was allowed to visit Arunachal Pradesh in April 2017, is a recent example. Such being the delicate nature of India-China relations on matters and issues concerning Tibetans, India can hardly afford to ignore the division within the diaspora. Past experience of dubious elements from Tibet having succeeded in infiltrating the Central Tibetan Administration, including the security wing, should be a warning.
    It is also time India understands the reason behind Tibetans seeking Indian passports, despite an existing arrangement for issue of Identity Certificates, which is passport equivalent. Some had even successfully taken recourse to legal remedy on the issue, and left the government of India red-faced. These changing moods should not be viewed as desires by Tibetans to become Indian citizens. They are triggered by the pathetic state of affairs associated with issuing of Identity Certificates, where delays in most cases are anything between six months to one year. Early streamlining of the process will drastically reduce their desire to hold Indian passport. It will also remove the wrongly perceived notion among some educated Tibetan youth, that the cumbersome process was a ploy by India to confine them in this country. While India should not shy from requesting the Dalai Lama to use his good offices to end all differences within the community in the interest of India’s internal security, it will also be necessary to ensure that young Tibetans do not nurse a silent grudge against the very country they called their second home.

  35. Although the Dalai Lama has offered an apology, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) still expressed their disappointment over his controversial comment on Nehru, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). Dalai Lama called Nehru self-centred.

    The Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

    Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting controversial information to students: Arunachal Congress
    Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation: APCC
    | DAMIEN LEPCHA | ITANAGAR | August 12, 2018 9:58 pm
    disappointment over the recent statement made by Tibetan Spiritual Leader the 14th Dalai Lama in which he called Jawaharlal Nehru, the former Prime Minister of India as “self-centered” and the one responsible for parting India and Pakistan.
    “Although Dalai Lama expressed regret over his controversial comment, the APCC is extremely thwarted by it. A Tibetan spiritual leader calling names to an Indian leader who sweated most to keep him and his followers safe from Chinese aggression is simply not acceptable. Today, India is home to lakhs of Tibetan refugees who are living in 37 settlements and 70 scattered communities across different states of India,” APCC vice-president Minkir Lollen said in a statement on Sunday.
    “Dalai Lama may have forgotten that India provided a beam of light and hope to Tibetans remaining in Chinese-dominated Tibet and in the neighbouring Chinese provinces politically cut off from the Tibetan heart land. All these happened only because India has great leaders like Gandhi and Nehru who took the responsibility of social burden to shelter thousands of persecuted Tibetans then in 1959,” Lollen added.
    Minkir said Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation, hope and trust of millions on record and the same are watching his contribution towards the mankind.
    “In such circumstances, Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting partial and controversial information to the students who are the torch bearer of the nation,” the Congress said.
    Further stating that the statement of the spiritual leader could be a politically motivated one and made with an effort to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi for survival of his continuation in the country, the Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

  36. Lobsang Sangay should know by now, it is not possible to have an independent Tibet. The best the Tibetans can get is the autonomous status. He should cease all the Free Tibet movement campaigns and start building a good relationship with China.

    If Lobsang Sangay really wants to serve the Tibetans, he will work hard to bring the Tibetans back to Tibet. But instead of finding ways to negotiate and improve the relationship with China, Lobsang Sangay continues to condemn China for suppressing Tibetans in Tibet. What is exactly in his mind? Many countries cut their ties with the CTA because China can help them develop their economy, is it so hard for Lobsang Sangay to realise that?

    In addition, Lobsang Sangay does not trust and respect the Dalai Lama. It is Dalai Lama’s wish that Tibet is to be part of China but given the autonomous status. Obviously, Lobsang Sangay wants an independent Tibet, why is he going against the Dalai Lama? The Dalai Lama is said to be the emanation of Chenrezig, he must have the clairvoyance to know an independent Tibet is impossible. Why doesn’t Lobsang Sangay believe the Dalai Lama? Dorje Shugden followers are not against the Dalai Lama but Lobsang Sangay is.

  37. Every time when Lobsang Sangay travels to other countries, he gives very negative speech. He tells people how pitiful Tibetans are, he put the blame of his and his cronies’ failure on someone else. It is always other people’s fault.

    The speech he gives when he visit other countries is not inspiring, it is always complaint after complaint. He always tells how bad China is and how Tibetans are suppressed. But what have he done to bring Tibetans out of that situation? By now he should know complaining cannot solve problems.

    I just wish he could make himself useful if not to other country but at least Tibetans. Don’t add more negativity to this already very negative world. Do something to change, inspire others with hard work. Lobsang Sangay, please prove to us we are wrong about you!

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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