Student Not Allowed to Carry Tibetan Flag in University

As if there are not enough indications that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has failed, now a Tibetan refugee and a student of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Kalsang Nangpa, is denied the privilege of carrying the Tibetan flag during the university’s commencement processional. The fact that such a prestigious university does not recognize the Tibetan nation shows that the CTA’s formula and strategies do not work. Instead of focusing their effort on finding solutions to their current dire situation, the CTA continues to maintain divisive and conflicting policies and focuses their effort on the cause where they have lost directions and traction. For example, the CTA claimed that they would like to resume negotiation with China to obtain a meaningful autonomy, and yet, they continue to promote self-immolations and other issues that would irritate and create a further rift and distrust in their relationship with China.

The fact that many Tibetans are still refugees after almost 60 years living in exile is the testament of the CTA’s failures. The CTA should have realized that their diplomatic strategies are ineffective to achieve their objectives of a meaningful autonomy. The fact that the CTA have not changed their strategies can be caused by two reasons:

  1. their leadership is lacking in political savvy and ability to formulate an effective diplomatic strategy, or
  2. they purposely try to maintain the status quo for other selfish reasons and self-enrichment.

In either case, the CTA has failed its people, and the situation is not looking any better.

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  1. Tibet is not a nation. Wanting to break away from China is the strategy of CTA trying to gain sympathy from the west so that the community, Tibetan in exile, can get donations and funding. The strategy involved implying that China lacks religious freedom. It might have some credibility during the eras when China was “closed” and not as liberal as the west. Hence, the western funders will see Tibetans in exile as suppressed victims. In recent years, China had grown and progressed so much, she embraces religious freedom. On the other hand, CTA is the one who is curbing religious freedom by banning Dorje Shugden practice, which make the CTA looks really hyprocritical to still use Free Tibet as the war cry.

  2. I feel sad for Nangpa but let’s face it, Tibet is not what it was. It belongs to China a long time ago whether one accept it or not. Not only the USA, but countries around the world recognize Tibet as part of China. It’s not the fault of the university’s management. Perhaps Nangpa should ask CTA what are they doing to help Tibet.

    Well, CTA have many opportunities to do something but I guess they are either too full of pride or the whole cabinet is incompetent. Seriously… how many years already? Always using resources/time to do things that does not benefit Tibetans in exile. Causing conflict, problems, arguments, fights, etc are what the CTA are good at. Even Tibetans in India are leaving for better places.

  3. This is a toughie for the state university who receives much grants from the state and federal governments in order to fund its expenses. Clearly, the university will have some obligation to tow the government of the people by the people’s line and it happens to be that Tibet is part of the People’s Republic of China, no two ways about that.

    Kalsang Nagpa needs to know this and she has benefited from it as well being a resident of Medford and student at UMass Amherst.

    If she still wants to highlight the Tibetan cause (whatever it may be since I am confused as to whether the Tibetans in, out and around Tibet, really want independence or autonomy or some kind of milkshake of everything), then I’m sure there are other avenues for her to express it, whatever and wherever it may be, just not at the commencement of a citizen funded university.

    On a similar subject, I see that there are also similar voices of uncertainty regarding the USA’s position with regard to Tibet on the West Coast where the Dalai Lama is slated to speak at the commencement ceremony of the University of California at San Diego, also a state and federally funded institution.

    Chinese citizen students there have protested the invite and see it as a middle finger pointed at them but the Chancellor of the University who happens to be of Indian ethnicity (the Dalai Lama fled to India as a refugee and lives there now) defends the idea with a hand-waving “oh the Dalai Lama is an ambassador of peace and preaches compassion” or something like that. Other Tibetans have also been pointing the middle finger at the poor Chinese students online and offline.

    Well, if this Chancellor or President of the university or whatever would just do some due diligence on his invitee and also his invitee’s personal representative Lama or whatever he calls himself these days, he would see a total other side of the business we call Dalai Lama.

    I’m not saying it is like Jekyll and Hyde, but the inconsistencies are too glaring. Pity the Chinese students having to stomach listening to a hypocrite. Pity a state and federal funded institution inviting someone who is against state policy to come and preach.

    Both Kalsang Nagpa and the University of California at San Diego need to think more deeply and make better decisions.

  4. I think wisdom and insight needs to be applied sometimes, the student should know every well the US is befriending China on many levels. And it is the US that wants to engage in a business manner with China. Not the other way around.

    One who is ethnic Tibetan, should not sabotage the good relations that China and US that is working towards.

  5. It’s sad to read and learn about all the news about Tibetans not able to exercise their basic human rights or they are not able to enjoy the basic freedom like this – carry their own flag in a university which suppose to teach young generation what is freedom, what is human rights, what is democracy…

    It’s even sad for Tibetans to learn about all these not actually cause by any outsiders, but their own leaders – CTA! Not because the leaders are not able to, or the leaders have tried their best and failed, but they fail because they choose to fail the people who have chosen them, who have endorsed them to represent and fight for their rights and freedom. The leaders have chosen their own welfare, taking care of their own pocket and future instead of the Tibetans’.

    Is the Tibetan leaders have really tried their best, why after 60 years, after so many years and foreign funds poured in to CTA and the welfare of the Tibetans almost no change after so many decades? Why there’s no progress in the talk with Beijing?

    Tibetans have to be more firm to request the leaders to think for the people. It’s time for Tibetans to question the leaders and push them to move forward for the welfare of the people.

  6. Currently the situation of the Tibetan in exile are a bit grey. World situations have changed. And some organisations are aligned and some are still not there yet. That is the reason why the University of Mass. Amherst did not permit Kelsang Nagpa to fly the Tibetan flag and the University of California is inviting the Dalai Lama to speak at their commencement.

    60 years ago when the Tibetans left China with their spiritual and “king” the Dalai Lama, the defeat was already engraved. However, it is easy at hindsight to think that it was then that the Tibetans should have joined China to create a united country. From results after 60 years, China has progressed from a closed communist country to the 2nd largest economy in the world next to the USA.

    While China grew and learnt to “open” their doors to everyone, what did the CTA do? Did they take the opportunity to be of common interest with China? CTA continued to hold on to the obsolete conduct of playing victim. CTA has become extremely strenuous and “energy sucking” for the international community who had supported their cause and donated huge sums of money. The result is a zero sum game. Nothing had happened except disunity and disharmony over the ban on religious freedom.

    What CTA stands for has become out of tune with the world that is evolving at such high speed.

    It was definitely a proud moment for Kalsang Nagpa, to graduate from such a prestigious university but to use such a moment to promote Tibet is not a smart thing to do. Maybe she is monitored to do so by CTA, who knows!

    Like the Ban on DorjeShugden, CTA had inducted a large part of the Tibetans in exile to fight their illegal ban by incurring pain, discrimination and absolute bullying tactics to Dorje Shugden devotees and monks.

    The time is up and over for CTA, even when they had the most powerful tool to use to negotiate with China, the Dalai Lama. At this point they have degraded the name which was well accepted internationally and a noble prize winner. What a shame.

  7. Tibet is considered by most of the world as part of China, is not an independent country. Carrying a flag during some official events would be viewed as recognising Tibet as a nation, that’s something many would like to avoid to happen, especially when you have a large part of foreign students come from China, and do not want to offend China, one of the economy power house of the world.

    However, I guess students of the university is allowed to carry PETA’s logo to go to campus(even to the street of many countries in the world) to protest against animals cruelty; why carrying Tibetan flag for Tibetan cause is not allowed? Both fighting for a cause – one for animals welfare, one for autonomous/independence of a race.

    Because China is too powerful economically to oppose to? How could a university – suppose to be a place to fight for and practiced universal values like compassion, kindness, democracy and equal rights, say NO to this? What kinds of students you are going to produce?

  8. There is no Tibetan passport for the lovely lady to hold, thanks to the lack of abilities of the CTA to secure what they desire for their people, therefore she is a citizen of the country she holds her passport, be it India or the United States, so it isn’t surprising she’s not allowed the Tibetan flag – she should hold the flag of the country she holds her passport in since her Government hasn’t been able to provide her for more!

  9. You can see this clear video showing His Holiness the Dalai Lama asking the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTgYWidYw3U

  10. Do you have autism? This has nothing to do with the success of whatever organization. The girl’s conflict with the university is a separate issue.

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