For the past few decades, Nepal has graciously accepted Tibetan refugees into their country, allowing thousands of them to pass through to India for almost 50 years, and giving thousands of Tibetans a home in Nepal for nearly 60. To this day for example, the atmosphere in tourist sites like Boudhanath Stupa is predominantly Tibetan and not Nepali. It is Tibetan stores that abound in the popular tourist areas where millions of dollars are traded every year.
Instead of being grateful for Nepal’s generosity, the Tibetans often create trouble for Nepal by holding riots and protests, jeopardizing Nepal’s relationship with China.
Despite so much kindness being extended to them, ungrateful Tibetans still make trouble for Nepal by protesting against China, resulting in a deterioration in China-Nepal relations each time they do so. However, what the Tibetans are forgetting, to their own detriment, is that Nepal is a country that is serious about its international relations and they are not afraid to show it.
So it made perfect sense when in 2005, the Nepali authorities closed down two offices related to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans — the Office of the Dalai Lama’s Representative and the Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office — which were being used as halfway houses for Tibetans crossing over to India.
Nepal has also taken the unusual step of banning Tibetan activists from protesting within its borders, to ensure cordial relations between Nepal and China, who considers Tibetans in-exile to be dangerous separatists intent on destabilizing the Tibet Autonomous Region. The Nepali government’s decision matches their adherence and agreement to the One China policy, which asserts that Tibet is an inherent part of China.
Adak, a Tibetan activist, was taken into custody by Nepali policemen after he posted a picture of himself with a Tibetan flag on Facebook.
More recently, Nepal showed just how serious they are about this policy when they took Adak, a Tibetan activist, into custody after he posted a picture of himself holding a Tibetan flag in front of Kathmandu’s Boudhanath Stupa.
The truth is, Tibetans living in Nepal have enjoyed a whole host of kindnesses and freedoms — they have been granted Nepali citizenship, own swathes of land, run million-dollar businesses, own large homes and properties, have the freedom to travel in and out of Nepal as they wish, and have religious freedom. Yet, they just do not seem to care about the country that has given them so much; instead of holding the Nepali flag, Tibetans continue to fly the Tibetan flag, a symbol of Tibetan independence, in order to provoke the Chinese leadership and harm their host country Nepal’s relationship with China. By right, having been in Nepal for nearly 60 years already, Tibetans should not only salute, respect and hold up the Nepali flag, but it is time that they pay tribute to the country which gave them freedom. Tibetans not holding up the Nepali flag is a clear indication of the lack of respect and appreciation that they have for their host country. The same may be said for Tibetans wherever else they are flying their flag. It is well known in the world that all refugees from countries that have been lost, that are struggling, that are in a crisis – when the people migrate, they take on the flag of their new country and display it with pride. So why are the Tibetans exceptions?
A few Tibetans protesting in Nepal, carrying the Tibetan flag has achieved nothing in 60 years. The only thing they have done is break Nepali law because they carry these flags and hold their protests without a permit. In countries where these protests are held, the protestors need to carry a permit but again, Tibetans have somehow given themselves the exception to the rule by not applying for permits and breaking the law. It is also very well known that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), who are the Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala, encourages their people to protest and as a reward, they receive incentives such as speedier visa application processes to migrate to Western countries. So hundreds of Tibetans have protested not because they believe in what they are doing, but because they have been bribed by the CTA. There are other times when Tibetans have not joined the protests and they have been fined for their absence. This is a fact that Tibetans themselves speak about.
It is also widely known that Tibetans in India and Nepal, except for a small minority, have lost hope for gaining independence for Tibet due to the abject failures of their Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala. According to the CTA’s own census, there are approximately 95,000 Tibetans in India and Nepal combined. So why is it that when there are protests, only 50 to 100 people show up? This dismal number proves what has been said about the loss of hope and interest amongst the Tibetans themselves.
So why are Tibetans so ungrateful? If they really want to continue living peacefully in Nepal and enjoying all the benefits that they receive, they had better respect and follow the law as any citizen of any country should. It is the law in Nepal that Tibet protests are banned. It is the law in Nepal that Tibet belongs to China, under the One China Policy. Right or wrong, that is the law in Nepal.
So the Nepali government are well within their authority to detain Adak for breaking the law by flying the Tibetan flag as a symbol of protest. Clearly, overzealous activism for the so-called Tibetan cause will no longer be tolerated as Nepal continues to grow increasingly closer to China for the sake of its people. It is time for the Tibetans to wake up and realize the futility of fighting against China, especially within Nepal’s sovereign borders.
Tibetan Activist Detained for Nine Days in Nepal After Tibetan Flag Facebook Photo
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