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Presenting Tibet to the World through a non-violence struggle
Dharamshala: - Since 1959, roughly 150,000 Tibetans have escaped to different parts of world, including India, Nepal and Bhutan. Their unique culture and non-violent struggle have flourished in the heart and mind of the millions of people on the earth that have come to know them and their cause.
The historical facts behind it all is very obvious to us all as whole. However, as it mentioned in the earlier articles, the development of genuine democracy that we the Tibetans in exile now enjoy wasn't the main reason to become refugees around the world.
We should remind ourselves to prove that one of our most important purpose of struggle for freedom in Tibet is a united movement through the use of nonviolent struggle. This ethos should incapsulate the preservation of Tibetan language, culture and identity, when establishing separate schools for Tibetans in exile.
The democratic system in exile is a role model and spiritual gift to exile Tibetans by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His great sense of vision for the future Tibet is comparable to modern (and western) definition of democracy based on ancient philosophical foundation and political realities. Still Buddhism and Tibetan cultural lie at the core of our identity despite our shift in political basis since our exile.
However, we must know that Beijing's regime dramatically attempts to convey a peaceful and tranquil image to the world of what is happening in Tibet. A veil of tolerance for religion behind its political mask. In Tibet, it may appear that cultural institutions are thriving and that Tibetans are able to express their devotion through traditional rituals; yet the reality is dreadfully different.
This perception that China tries to project to the world is completely contradictory to what the US Ambassador to China, Gary Locke has seen and experienced Tibet during his recent two week visit to the region. But it becomes so well-known and more popular than any other world issues, because of our older generations who have sacrificed so much in order to carry the Tibetan struggle forward and to provide a better life for us. We must honor and remember their sacrifice.
Over 6,000 Tibetan monasteries and shrines were demolished and over one million Tibetans killed under Chinese 'rule of terror' since 1949. During the so called "Cultural Revolution" in the 1960s and 1970s China destroyed 90% of the remaining monasteries and outlawed most Tibetan cultural customs. Now Beijing authorities commit another "cultural genocide" in Tibet through their repressive policies.
Therefore, understanding and perceiving our unique culture will not only help us to carry on their Legacy, but also aid us to be a strongly united force against the Chinese repressive rule and overcome the problems we may face in our day-to-day lives and prevent any causes of our freedom struggle divisions.
Our fight for freedom will remain immovable both in Tibet and exile for as long as the issue of our country remains unresolved; through a united struggle and genuine solidarity because Tibetans in Tibet have placed deep faith and sincere trust in us- the Tibetans in exile. We always knew that our Buddhist scholars achieved a lot for Tibet through teachings. But we must know that each of every exile Tibetans living different parts of the world has a similar chance and opportunity; to presenting Tibet to the world through the peaceful Tibetan culture and non-violent struggle.
I believe that representing Tibet through our unique culture is important to the preservation of Tibet in the world. It sheds a new light on the struggle and shows the determination and spirit of Tibetans. We must remember that our freedom struggle is only 54-year-old, 150-years younger than the India's struggle for independence which lasted over 200 years.
Finally, there is a saying;- 'a fight we can all fight' for the just cause of Tibet and 'a struggle we can all join together,' wherever we are. But we should be serious and sincere about our fighting for freedom. Through our united struggle you can change the world and Tibet!