After a confidential memo by the Indian government was leaked, advising ministers and officials not to attend events organized by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala), it became clear that support for the Tibetans was beginning to wane.
This became even more evident when the CTA had no choice but to move their planned “Thank You India” events from Delhi to Dharamsala and scale down their celebrations, possibly at the insistence of the Indian government themselves. The change in venue for the celebrations, which were to be presided over by the Dalai Lama, was a highly embarrassing and demeaning turn of events for the Tibetan leadership. Even the planned appearance of the Dalai Lama at the celebrations was not enough to convince the Indian government to allow them to be held in New Delhi.
To add salt to the wound, Himachal Pradesh state minister Kishan Kapoor failed to turn up at a significant CTA-hosted event after initially confirming he would be in attendance. Mr. Kapoor had been confirmed as the Chief Guest of an official event commemorating the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. When the press reached out for a statement, the minister and the Tibetan leadership were not available to comment on his absence.
Himachal Pradesh state minister, Kishan Kapoor
The minister’s no-show is especially embarrassing for the CTA because of their connection with the state. Dharamsala is located in Himachal Pradesh, which Mr. Kapoor is a minister of, and the CTA have traditionally had a good relationship with the state government since the Dalai Lama’s presence there has brought them hundreds of thousands of tourist dollars. However, now even the Dalai Lama’s presence is no longer a good enough reason for officials such as Mr. Kapoor to grace events hosted by the CTA.
This is a double blow to the Tibetan leadership, and their karma is catching up to them for years of corruption, bigotry, segregation and sectarianism towards sections of their own society, like Dorje Shugden practitioners and Jonangpas. The CTA are starting to get a taste of their own medicine.
Up until now, India has been a gracious and supportive ally of the Dalai Lama and the CTA, but they now snub the Tibetan leadership in favor of better bilateral relations with China. India has finally realized that there is much more to gain from being on friendly terms with China than with the Tibetan leadership. After all, the Tibetan leadership based in India for the last 60 years, has given nothing back to their host country. This is despite the continued kindness and generosity of the Indian government towards the exile Tibetan community. With this latest setback, it is very clear for all Tibetans to see that their easy days are over. It looks set that the Tibetan leadership will no longer enjoy the generous patronage of their Indian hosts.
The Times of India: Himachal Minister Skips Dharamsala Tibetan Function
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In a recent video message, the Dalai Lama appears to have softened his opinion of China. The Tibetan spiritual leader talked about the potential of a close relationship between the Chinese and the Tibetans. This proposed relationship centers around the Tibetans providing the Chinese with ancient knowledge (Buddhism), in return for payment for their services. The message almost sounded like the Dalai Lama was begging China to allow him to visit or return to his homeland.
Perhaps it was the recent change of sentiment by Indian officials towards the Tibetans that prompted the Dalai Lama’s message. It may be that the Dalai Lama has come to the conclusion that he needs to do more to get into China’s good books if he is to ever see his homeland again.
This political maneuvering by the Dalai Lama seems to mirror India, who is now seeking economic benefits through improved bilateral relations with China. As mentioned above, India definitely seems to be distancing itself from the Tibetans, which is a striking turn-around compared to their actions in the past that sought to lend the Tibetan leadership their support. Realizing he is becoming isolated, and not wishing for the Tibetans to be left out in the cold, the Dalai Lama also seems to have come to the realization that the rest of the world has reached – making friends with China will result in many benefits for the Tibetan people. After all, it is high time to try something new since 60 years of antagonism and hostility has borne no results.
The Times of India: We’ve not sought independence for Tibet from China since 1974: Dalai Lama
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