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Dalai Lama says voices for Tibetan independence growing stronger

August 20, 2010

Sify News (India)
August 15, 2010

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh): With over 600,000
people, including hundreds of Chinese, following
him on networking site Twitter, the Dalai Lama
has said the non-resolution of the Tibet issue is
making the voices of those seeking independence
of Tibet from China grow stronger.

Answering questions from his Chinese followers on
Twitter, which he joined last month, the Dalai
Lama said: 'There are forces within our community
such as the Tibetan Youth Congress who criticise
our Middle Way policy and demand complete
independence (for Tibet). It seems their voices
are growing stronger (these days).

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'We cannot blame them for this since our
successive efforts to bring about a mutually
beneficial solution (to the issue of Tibet) have
failed to produce any positive results and, under
such a situation, their viewpoint is gaining momentum (in our society).'

The Dalai Lama, whose middle path approach for
the last few decade has been seeking autonomy for
Tibet under China, was replying to a question
from a Chinese follower who wanted to know
whether Tibetans will resort to violence and
terrorist activities after his death.

The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner was submitted
317 questions recently by 1,558 Chinese people
through renowned Chinese writer Wang Lixiong. A
total of 11,705 Chinese netizens voted for 10
most important questions out of which this was
listed as the most important question.

We call him Kundun

The Dalai Lama, who has been living in exile in
India for over five decades after he fled Lhasa
in 1959, replied to the questions from his
residence in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

But the Dalai Lama, who is regarded as an apostle
of peace internationally, allayed any fears of
violence from Tibetans, saying: 'However, it is
very evident that 99 percent of Tibetan people
have complete faith in the non-violent path (that
we have chosen) and so you should not worry
(about their ever resorting to violence).'

The Dalai Lama said after his death, the Tibetan
religious and political leadership in exile is
capable of assuming leadership roles.

'There are a growing number of young lamas
between the ages of 20 and 30 who are currently
pursuing studies in the various religious schools
of our community who are capable of taking up
greater leadership roles in the spiritual field.
In the political field, for the last more than 10
years I have been in a state of semi-retirement.
All the important political decisions are being
taken by the elected political leadership and
this will continue to do so in the future as well,' he said.

Kundun, Unplugged

The replies to the questions and apprehensions of
Chinese people on the Tibetan issue is part of a
new strategy adopted by the Tibetan leadership
living in exile in India and other countries to
reach out to common people in China so that the issue of Tibet gets resolved.

Explaining that Tibetan and Chinese people could
co-exist in the Tibet region, the Dalai Lama told
another questioner: 'It is altogether a different
matter if we are seeking separation or
independence, but we are not. We are simply
saying that we be granted the freedom to preserve
our own religion, culture and language within the
larger framework of the People's Republic of China.'

He added that in future if the opportunity
arises, Tibetans living inside Tibet (about six
million) should take the responsibility of
engaging in discussion with the Chinese authorities on the issue of Tibet.

'We are hoping that we are able to establish a
big family of friendship between the Chinese and
Tibetan peoples based on over thousand years of
relations with each other. We also hope - and
even pray - that the People's Republic of China
flourishes with all its nationalities enjoying
equality in a spirit of one big family.'

'A Tibetan lady Dalai Lama will be very attractive'

Several questions, including the controversy
within the Tibetan community over the Shugden
Dorjee cult, the violent protests in Lhasa and
other towns in the Tibet region in March 2008,
relations between Tibetan and Chinese people and
the future of Tibet, were posed to the Dalai Lama
to which he gave detailed replies.

The Dalai Lama, in one of the replies, even
offered to 'apologize' to the Chinese people who
were targeted during violence inside Tibet in March 2008.
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