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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

The trampling of Tibet

September 30, 2008

By Ratnadeep Banerji
Organiser, India
October 05, 2008

The Tragedy of Tibet,
Man Mohan Sharma,
Trishul Publications,
pp 264, Rs. 495.00

Why should Tibet be wrested from China? Isn’t Tibet an integral part of
China when Beijing administration claims to possess ten lakh files to
corroborate evidence on claiming Tibet as its dominion? The book serves
to dispel some misplaced notions among world community. The author, Man
Mohan Sharma embarked on a fact—finding mission to ferret out the truth.
The book is a fact—file on the integrity of Tibet, its sovereignty and
its present captivity.

The author lambastes Chinese obduracy, ‘the Chinese have persistently
tried to justify this naked aggression on a peaceful neighbour with
peace loving populace on the plea that China has had unbroken suzerainty
over Tibet for more than 700 years.’ And then seven hundred years back
during the 13th century, ‘China was a subject nation’ itself where the
Moghul Dynasty had ruled until 1367. Prima facie ‘they (the Chinese) had
no say in the affairs of Tibet at that time or later at any time’. Still
the author has put forward the Chinese contention for the readers to
decide for themselves.

Nepal and Tibet fought a war in 1855-56 and subsequently the Tibet Nepal
Treaty of 1856 was signed between the two countries. In one of the
articles of the treaty it states, ‘we have affixed our seals unto it of
our own free will and choice ’. This rubbishes China’s suzerainty
theory. Besides, several Indian generals like Raja Bahadur invaded
western Tibet in 1670. Again in 1834, Gen Zorawar Singh, the mighty
general of the Dogra king, Raja Gulab Singh had advanced to Tibet and
fought for seven long years in Tibet but did not get any whiff of
Chinese presence. The facial features of Tibetan men and women bear an
admixture of Mongols and Aryans ruling out Chinese lineage of migrating
from other parts of China. To efface out this evidence the wily Chinese
are forcibly marrying off young Tibetan girls with Chinese youth.

The Tibetans believe themselves to bear the lineage of Hanuman
(Hilumandju) of Ramayana and Raja Rupati (Nya – Khri – Tsanpo) of
Mahabharata. But alas! It was Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru who in the Indian
Parliament in 1954 had declared, “Over the past several hundred years,
as far as I know, at no time has any foreign country denied Chinese
Sovereignty over Tibet.” What is the veracity of the contentious clause,
‘as far as I know’? Why did Nehru in his capacity of being the Prime
Minister of India make such a flippant statement when he himself had a
niggling doubt? How far was Nehru versed in the history of Tibet? The
blunder has been inherited till this day when the Indian foreign
minister reiterates the Indian stand that ‘Tibet is a part of China’.
The author says, “He (Nehru) was also not aware that over one lakh
Tibetans of Ladakhi and Kashmiri origin were Muslims. They were Tibetan
citizens and regarded the Dalai Lama to be a Pir (religious teacher).”
The irony holds that Nehru became instrumental in inducting China in the
UNO turning a blind eye to salvage the Tibetan cause.

In a contrast Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel had written a detailed
stentorian letter to Pandit Nehru citing Chinese mala fide intention to
usurp Tibet. The author has presented the entire text of the letter for
his readers wherein Sardar Patel is cogent to say, “The Chinese
Government has tried to delude us by professions of peaceful intentions.
…..they managed to instill into our Ambassador a false sense of
confidence in their so-called desire to settle the Taliban problem by
peaceful means.” He castigated the system saying: “The tragedy of it is
that the Tibetans put faith in us; they chose to be guided by us; and we
have been unable to get them out of the meshes of Chinese diplomacy or
Chinese malevolence.” The letter serves as an eye-opener to know the
Iron Man of India’s political astuteness.

The author has also included several photographs to rebuff “any Chinese
claim that Tibet was a backward society and that they are the noble
saviours is malicious and wrong.” The book conclusively establishes
Tibet’s claim for sovereignty, UNO’s ineptness to grapple with this
horrendous situation while the world community has remained a mute
ringside spectator. The author has sent a clarion call to the comity of
nations across the world that the Tibetan imbroglio is a blot on the
face of humanity and the onus falls on the world camaraderie cutting
across lines to cut the Gordian knot and resuscitate the dying Tibet.

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