His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the free Tibet campaign

United States
December 28, 2009 10:54pm CST
Lately I been doing some research on the free Tibet campaign. Some Chinese insist that they truly liberated 95% of Tibet from an oppressive regime. The upper class of the Lamas were considered like kings and the middle class consisted of monks and than the lowest was the people who were considered nothing more than livestock according to the Chinese. They say they have brought freedom to these people and brought them into the modern world. They also say that the Tibetans don't work anymore and the state provides them with everything. On the other side of this issue is the fact that during their so called liberation of Tibet and bringing them back into the fold of mainland China nearly 1 million people were killed. Sometimes soldiers had children shoot their parents to make examples out of them. The economic system and farming was completely destroyed so the people had no choice but to be dependent on the government to live. Chinese were relocated into the largest city and till today they still control most all the trade and economics of the area making Tibetans second class citizens in their own land. Whats your feelings on this issue?
5 responses
• United States
31 Dec 09
hmm..i'm not sure i'd be of an opinion without asking somebody from the area what they think of it.i'm on the otherside of the world,so for all i know it could be media propaganda on either side. i do think if the tibetans were happy as a seperate state,they should have left them alone.
• United States
3 Jan 10
Thank you for your reply. I think that there is small chance on them ever becoming free again but who knows look at the Berlin wall. Time changes everything.
@poingly (606)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Replacing one oppressive regime with another is not liberation. Tibet had a flawed regime before China took it over, but this is not justification for the communist nation's actions.
• United States
30 Dec 09
I agree, I do think if Tibet ever breaks away from China again that it shouldn't go back to the form of government it had before. But in all honesty I don't ever see things changing. But who knows what the future will hold the wall of communism may fall in China one day also.
• India
29 Dec 09
China, with a largely populated people. want to land to accommodate their people and so the Peace loving Tibetians unarmed people were driven out of their land.No country in the world could control them. But if one looks the democratic country and compare with the Communist country , in both these setup only rich can rule and others have no freedom. Money power wins in both the cases.
• United States
29 Dec 09
Thank you for your reply. The same can be said of democratic societies also, the rich or social elite real hold the power. Once in awhile you get someone from the bottom who can make it to the top but the odds are against it and a lot of times there are still others who are pulling the strings.
@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
29 Dec 09
When we talk about Dalai Lama it reminds us of the country Tibet and the sorry state of affairs in that country. We can't deny that the country is in grim. Though they enjoy the sympathy and attention from the rest of the world but unfortunately that sympathy can't be translated into political support to fish them out from their dilemma. I don't know whether they can ever be self rule and enjoy democracy for their own land. They need freedom fighters to free them from the clutches of outside forces. I can never imagine myself to be reduced to a second class citizen in my country of birth and having outsiders giving orders to the rest of my country folks.
• United States
29 Dec 09
Thank you for the reply. I would like to see a peaceful resolution in this but I don't see China ever bowing to any world opinion. Especially now that they have achieved the goals they had in mind.
• India
29 Dec 09
My take on this is that whenever a strong regime has usurped the power and privileges of a weak regime, the former has to have some excuses to condone their actions both to themselves and the world at large. Not making people work and making them dependent on the largesse of the state is an old communist ploy to keep the people shackled forever. Personally I would not like my free bowl of rice if it curtails the freedom of my spirit. Even in China itself, when the revolution took place, a lot of old customs and traditions were thought of as bourgeois and done away with, effectively destroying a large chunk of traditional Chinese way of life. Whether that was beneficial to the people and to Chinese society in the long run, only they can say if they are given that freedom to speak out. Similarly, whether the Tibetans were really liberated or had something thrust upon them for ultimate benefit of the usurper, only they can say and determine. But I doubt if they would ever be given that chance to speak out freely and without fear.
• United States
29 Dec 09
Thank you for your reply. Yes I kind of feel the same way free food at what cost? I think I would rather be a bit hungry and free than well fed and under oppression.