Friday, March 16, 2012

Patriotism is not Terrorism

The very obvious knowledge of self-immolation is a peaceful way of protest without involving anyone rather than self, which actually holds Overwhelming social and political effects in a shocking Attempt.
Here i have a very ordinary Tibetan guy among you to express his views about the current Tibet issue 'Self-immolation' which is rolling the attention world-wide, and the Tibetans are waiting -->>> what next???? 

 First of all, my name is Tashi Dawa as I’m a student of a Tribhuwan University. I m doing my graduation ( 1st year) in Trinity International College, Dillibazzar Kathmandu. The reason why I m writing this article is because I stand for my country, Tibet.
As most of us know Tibet was an independent country till 1959 AD. After the illegal invasion of Tibet at 1959 by killing thousands of Tibetans who rose up against the Chinese Government in Tibet. Fifty three year on, Tibetans are still demanding independence and the freedom to be Tibetan – to speak Tibetan, to practice our Buddhist religion, to live free in our own country. Yet Chinese Government took repressive measure to brutally crack down on peaceful Tibetan protesters.

This past year, we’ve seen Tibetans taking every action possible for their freedom. 28 Tibetans – mothers, monks, nuns, young people, and respected leaders of the community have lit their bodies on fire in the most direct rejection of Chinese rule and to call out for help and an intervention from the global community. Their message is clear, they want freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama and they cannot endure one more day under Chinese rule/

The self-immolations are a direct response by Tibetans who have suffered horrific repression for decades under China’s occupation. As Tibetans in Tibet are taking their own lives to resist China’s violent regime, I must be in the streets today to ensure that their calls for freedom echo around the world and pierce the halls of political power. Through the self-immolations, the protests, the acts of civil disobedience, Tibetans are also telling us that one more day under the Chinese regime is too long – they [we] want to be free now, it is [their] our right to be free now and it is not a matter of if but of when for Tibet. .

China's desperate attempt to violently crush Tibetans’ nonviolent resistance is counter-productive, and only serves to strengthen the Tibetan people’s determination to end Chinese rule. The new generation of Tibetans - in Tibet and in exile - is more determined than ever to finish what their grandparents began half a century ago and to regain freedom for their people.
These days lots of people criticize over the self-immolation by saying it is a wrong way to protest against the Chinese government. And when I heard this kind of incident, I wonder how foolish they are. We all live in a country where we are provided a basic human rights therefore we are quite well educated living being. But inside Tibet, those things are hard to get, you don’t have right to expression, right to religious freedom, etc. We all see that they are self-immolating but we don’t see why they are.

In Tibet, when people protest against the Chinese Government, they are killed by firing openly on streets, those who are found of sharing the evidence like videos or photos are beaten severely and kept in jail for too long. Normal people whom they suspect of protesters are taken away at night and the well being of that people are always unknown. International Medias are not allowed to find the facts and truth about Tibet. Not only are this, the internet, phone lines and cell phones are cut off for long terms if the one raised the voice for freedom.
 These violent and bloodshed act of Chinese Regime to control over Tibetans by making them scared of their life. But The Tibetans are now challenging the government that they have overcome the fear of death, because they all knew that the last thing they can do is show the fear of death. Not only this, it will ring the alarm to those leaders whom we consider ‘deaf on Tibetan issue’. Those NGOs and INGOs who talks big about human rights and guarantees to all, have now to answer on this issue because they have been deaf for 53 years which in results caused brutal deaths of our brothers and sisters .
The most reason they self-immolated themselves is for the beneficial of left Tibetans whom they believed they will see a free Tibet one day. The Tibet what we have always dreamt of, the snow mountain circling the happy and prosperous people living freely and practicing the religion and ability to say what is right and what is wrong. If the people think that self-immolation is wrong than we have an history of Buddha which you have to say wrong as well. Forty-five kilometers south-east of Katmandu is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Tibetans visiting Nepal. The hill of Namo Buddha (or Tagmo Lujin in Tibetan) is – the Golden Light Sutra (phags pa gser ‘od dam pa’i mdo) tells us – the very place where the Buddha (in a previous incarnation) gave up his body to feed a starving tigress and her four cubs. This is a popular Jataka story with all Tibetans and is often brought up in conversations whenever an example of self-sacrifice or selfless conduct is required. The Buddha sacrifice his life for the well being of the Tigress and its cubs, if this is not a violence then self-immolation is not too.
Hence we must see the 28 self-immolations in Tibet as action taken for the welfare of others, for the freedom of the Tibetan people and the independence of Tibet (as some of the self-immolators expressly stated). Even the call by most of the self-immolators for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet must be interpreted as a call for the restoration of an independent Tibet, as the Dalai Lama is regarded as the legitimate sovereign ruler of independent Tibet.  They are the brave people who deeply have the feelings of patriotism.

~Stand For Tibet~


  1. I have to agree with this post Ihamo. Free Tibet, I seriously hope that your countries problems get sorted.

  2. Quite logical argument but still this article somehow gives the message that there should be more self-immolations. Of course those who sacrificed their lives should be honoured but I think killing oneself should be discouraged rather than being encouraged. After all, country is for the people. If people keep dying then there won't be a country. It will merely be a lifeless land.

  3. Holy shit that's a lot of text! But i do like the picture.