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Why are Tibetans Brutalized
When Chinese Dignitaries Visit India
|by Dr. Subhash Kapila|
The Tibetan community living in exile from their motherland of Tibet in India are a peaceful and peace-loving people. They have never created any law and order problems for their host country. India is a democracy and the Tibetan community living in India are entitled to basic human rights and freedom of expression to peacefully protest against Chinese dignitaries vising India against the forcible military occupation of their homeland of Tibet. Why are these peaceful Tibetan protestors brutalized by police authorities as they go about peacefully registering their protests against Chines dignitaries?
Obviously, the orders to keep Tibetan protestors out of view from the gaze of Chinese dignitaries emanate from the highest political and bureaucratic levels. Why does the Indian Republic and those who govern it cringe before Chinese dignitaries? The peaceful Tibetan protestors are brutally dragged and roughly man-handled to push them away from the routes of travel and the venues to be visited by Chinese dignitaries coming to India.
One has not witnessed such police brutal behaviour in the United States or other countries where Tibetan exiles carry out protest demonstrations against visiting Chinese dignitaries. Why does India do so? Is it out of fear of the Chinese or is it part of Indian official China-appeasement policies?
Whether we like it or not, it was India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who gifted away the peaceful spiritual kingdom of Tibet to China in 1950 and enabling Communist China to indulge in ethnic and cultural genocide in Tibet. Presumably that too was done out of fear of Indian political leaders of a military powerful China. Or was it impelled by a supine wish and hopes that by acquiescing toby forceful Chinese military occupation of Tibet, India would be able to win over China?
India must now atone its political sins of the 1950s by actively espousing the complete independence of Tibet. It will be an uphill task and invite political and possibly military retaliation by China, but this requires to be done as a democratic crusade.
If India can espouse the restoration of democracy in Myanmar and vote with the West against the so-called civil war in Syria, what fears impede India to work towards the restoration of the Tibetan Homeland to their rightful owners—the Tibetan people.
While the Indian Government dithers and shies away from the above, the least the Indian Government can do is to allow the Tibetan community living in India to organise peaceful demonstrations against Chinese dignitaries visiting New Delhi. The Tibetans in India may be exiles in India but they do not have to be brutalised and manhandled by the police during their peaceful protests.
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