Today, July 6th, is the birthday of HH Dalai Lama and is also being celebrated in blogosphere as World Tibet Day. So I thought I should also post something on Tibet.
Tibet's fight for independence from China has certainly got a lot of supporters from all over the world. These include many well-known and vocal figures like Richard Gere. Tibet's leader HH Dalai Lama is also well-respected and admired. But still why is it that Tibet's cause is not gaining strength.
For one, there is still not a clear cut aim of the struggle amongst the Tibetans. For though there is a great desire for tibetans living outside Tibet to free their nation, but many in the top leadership are religious people. They deal with things in a higher level and for them the politics involved in securing independence seems to be a bit too intricate. Dalai Lama himself has accepted China's authority over Tibet and is now only demanding autonomy.
For a freedom struggle to be successful, it has to be driven by the oppressed themselves. Outsiders, including Indians, can only provide moral support but cant win the freedom for the tibetans. One does support freedom for any people who have a genuine urge to be free and develop seperately even if they are parts of India. But the people should fight and deserve this independence. Else it would only lead to splitism.
The Tibetans should seperate their religious and political leadership as the religious leadership will carry out the politics in a different way. The tibetans should nurture a younger secular leadership. It might be difficult because the Tibetans are a deeply religious people but as Gandhi has shown you can lead a poltical fight at a higher level without compromising on your ideal. But politics demands certain compromises which might look small for the ordinary man but not for a deeply religious one.
One can only wish the Tibetans good luck and HH Dalai Lama a Happy Birthday.