by Xinhua Writer Cheng Zhiliang
BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Enjoying celebrity like
a Hollywood star, the Dalai Lama can by no means be too patient for only one day
to the negligence of world media which are occupied by economic concerns since
the global financial crisis.
His time to shine comes in March, an eventful month
in Tibetan history. The aura around him captured limelight again when on Tuesday
he, with his supernatural power as a divine monk, turned a happy land into "hell
The trick lies in his mouth.
In a speech in the northern Indian hill town of
Dharamshala to mark his abortive rebellion 50 years ago, the lama said the
Chinese government has transformed the plateau region into a "hell on earth."
He must have lost his supernatural power of
clairvoyance, if he has, when he, ignorant of the scenes of prostrating
believers in front of the Potala Palace and dancing farmers in their own fields,
alleged in the speech that "Tibetan people are regarded like criminals,
deserving to be put to death."
He also forgot in the speech what a "paradise" in
Tibet was like during his rule when about 95 percent of the population were
serfs and slaves before 1959.
The "gentle", "smiling" monk has never stopped
speaking ill of the Chinese central government, but pathetically this time he
made false accusations at a wrong time.
The Dalai Lama had been in the spotlight since last
March through the Beijing Olympics, but he has not been at the center of the
stage since the economic downturn grabbed the attention of politicians and
In a way like a kid trying to draw attention from
other people by crying, the marginalized old monk started a round of false
accusations which were rhetorically flaring and demagogic but untenable in fact.
In contrast to the imagination that more than 1 million
Tibetans had been killed in the past 50 years, the fact is that the population
of Tibet increased from 1.2 million in 1959 to 2.87 million in 2008,
with more than 95 percent of them from Tibetan and other ethnic minorities.
Luckily, more and more lay people now can see what is
really happening in Tibet through their own eyes.
There is also people who have a record of history in
their heart. Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, once a Galoin (cabinet minister) of the
former local government of Tibet, pointed out that if Tibet's cruel serfdom and
theocratic regime continued, the serfs would all died and the aristocrats would
not be able to live either. "The whole Tibet would be destroyed," he said.
Of course, the "spiritual leader" also has his own
earthy concerns amid the financial turmoil. As the global downturn is taking its
toll throughout the world, the Dalai Lama may have to face reduced financial
support from his western patrons.
The monk is never short of sycophants, who may harbor
But before he wins the whole world, he has to
convince those millions of Tibetans first, telling them what a Shangri-la Tibet
meant when they or their fathers were serfs and slaves.
Dalai Lama's utter distortion of Tibet
BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- On March 10, 1959, the
Dalai Lama and his supporters started an armed rebellion in a desperate attempt
to preserve Tibet's feudal serfdom and split the region from China.
On Tuesday, exactly 50 years later, the Dalai Lama
claimed that Tibetans have been living in "hell on earth," as if the Tibet under
the former feudal serfdom ruled by him were a heaven. Full story
Commentary: For whom is Tibet a "hell
LHASA, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Tuesday is a special
date for Tibetans. For the 2.8 million residents in the southwest China
autonomous region, it marks 50 years since feudal serfdom was abolished; but for
the 14th Dalai Lama and his "government-in-exile," it marks five decades of
futile attempts at independence.
Fifty years after he fled China and having failed
time and again to foment widespread unrest in Tibet and other Tibetan
communities in western China, the Dalai Lama is apparently at his wit's end. Full story
Playing with outside forces,
"religious figure" stakes heavy on de facto secession
BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- As the anniversary of
his exile approaches, more evidence has surfaced that the Dalai Lama and his
followers have pursued a long road of splitting up the homeland despite
allegations of the "nonviolent" middle way.
Explicitly acknowledging his "middle way" of nonviolence a
failure, the 73-year-old Tibetan Buddhist warned the Chinese government of
possible future confrontations in the Himalayan region. Full story
Visit to 14th Dalai Lama's last
residence in Lhasa
LHASA, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Norbu Lingka, in western Lhasa, was the last
residence for the 14th Dalai Lama before he started his life in exile following
a failed armed rebellion in 1959.
Traces of the turmoil have faded over the past five
decades in the fast-changing Tibet and can hardly be spotted in the tranquility
of early spring in the garden park. Full story