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  • Don't Give Him Asylum | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    deal with China are too optimistic They need to familiarise themselves with India s record on using the bigger Dalai Lama card during these past four decades Even theoretically it is absurd to think that India will be able to force upon the Chinese a one sided solution This seems especially inane because China has been in full control of Tibet for the past five decades The current episode has also strongly invoked memories of the Dalai Lama s arrival in India in March 1959 But it is this comparison that lends credence to insinuations that the Karmapa s arrival may well be a Chinese ploy As for making comparisons with 1959 it was the result of a decade long military occupation of Tibet when the Dalai Lama had stood firm against Chinese onslaughts He had sought asylum during his earlier visit to India in 1956 but had returned when Premier Zhou En Lai promised that the Mao inspired social engineering that was ravaging Tibet would be halted for the next five years India was more justified in extending asylum to the Dalai Lama the second time Therefore if the aim is to seek a final solution to the Tibet question and ensure that Tibetans finally return home these emotional outbursts cannot be the basis of India s decision on the Karmapa A cost benefit analysis tells us that despite the Karmapa being the most influential voice of the Tibetan people by virtue of the Dalai Lama being in exile and the Panchen Lama being a nine year old boy and despite being the critical intercessor who enjoys equal confidence of both China and the Dalai Lama Ugyen Trinley Dorje s decision to flee Tibet has further complicated things However with the enhanced level of mutual confidence among these three

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  • Allegations of Religious Persecution | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    refuse to sign the above mentioned declaration Groups from the Tibetan Women s Association and the Tibetan Youth Congress have made house to house searches in the homes of Tibetan refugees to see who is worshipping the Deity Dorje Shugden Religious images have been removed and destroyed The houses of many religious teachers and monks who rely on this Deity have been smashed People have been physically attacked and intimidated and at least one monk has been hospitalized Children whose parents engage in the practice of this Deity have been thrown out of Tibetan schools and a number of Tibetan government employees have lost their jobs for refusing to give up the practice of this Deity Up to ten to fifteen years ago groups of Shugden practitioners pervaded throughout the Tibetan communities including the monasteries of Gaden Sera and Drepung in South India Now most of these groups have disappeared as a direct result of the Tibetan government in exile who in the name of the Dalai Lama has forbidden people worshipping this Deity In an action that his followers regarded as having a special significance and which they felt brought great blessings to the world at large and the Tibetan people in particular the famous Tibetan Buddhist teacher Kyabje Trichang Rinpoche placed a greatly venerated statue of the Deity Dorje Shugden in the main temple of Gaden monastery in Mundgod Karnataka Monks of this monastery worshipped everyday in front of this statue The Dalai Lama personally ordered the forcible removal of this statue against the monks wishes In addition many images of this Deity belonging to monasteries temples and private individuals have been destroyed with the authority and approval of the Dalai Lama and his Government We feel sure that these actions taking place on Indian soil and under

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  • Fleeing Tibetans Get Help From Indian Embassy | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    This also helps to regularise and monitor the flow of escapees who would otherwise continue to reach India illegally Once they reach Nepal the refugees contact the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR that in turn refers them to the Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre in Kathmandu The centre forwards the refugees applications to the Indian embassy Currently the embassy has been issuing 15 special entry permits a day on an average Each year 1 800 to 3 000 Tibetans flee from Tibet the majority of them heading for Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh where the Dalai Lama has his government in exile Reaching Nepal itself is a hazardous task for the fleeing groups They face capture by Chinese border patrols and in Nepal the government has on two occasions deported two batches of refugees including women and children There have also been at least two incidents of Nepalese police firing on the refugees killing one person China doesn t recognise the refugees Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Sun Heping says there are no refugees only illegal immigrants There have been instances of the Nepalese government cracking down on Tibetan celebrations like the observance of the Dalai Lama s birthday

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  • Third Eye Blinks! | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    shut How Originally a package of Tibetan films was to be screened at the Festival Kundun Seven Years in Tibet Little Buddha Himalaya and The Cup were part of the festival lineup However sources state that though the Tibetan film package will be presented at the weeklong festival there will be two crucial deletions Martin Scorsese s Kundun and Jean Jacuques Annaud s Seven years in Tibet are the two films that have been dropped by the festival committee The screening of the other films will carry on as scheduled It is learnt that the two films will not be screened as a result of direct interference on the part of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi According to Festival Director Sudhir Nandgaokar This will bring bad publicity to the festival Sources inform that the Chinese Embassy has specifically asked to chuck the two films because out of the entire selection Kundun and Seven Years in Tibet are the only films that could cause any discomfort or dent the Chinese propaganda machine Ironically Kundun has had various public screenings across the city as also the country and Seven Years in Tibet has been features on the satellite channel HBO When

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  • New Delhi Makes Up With Beijing | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    countries nuclear arsenals Vajpayee s recent overtures to Pakistan overshadowed his earlier approach to China His surprising choice of envoy to Beijing last month was Defense Minister George Fernandes a former Roman Catholic seminarian turned socialist who is a fervent supporter of Tibet s exiled Dalai Lama India s military establishment is deeply suspicious of China s growing military might and Fernandes is often described in the Indian media as the most anti Chinese member of the governing coalition led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party In Beijing however Fernandes lived up to the dictum that nations have no permanent enemies only permanent interests He agreed with his Chinese counterpart General Cao Gangchuan to intensify bilateral military cooperation take joint measures against terrorism and increase confidence building measures along what is called the Line of Actual Control between India and Tibet This last accord could pave the way to a settlement of a dispute with China over more than 125 000 square kilometers 50 000 square miles of territory which flared up in a brief but bitter border war in 1962 Of course there are thorny and difficult issues still to be settled with China as there are with Pakistan China s motive in aiding Pakistan has been to tie India down in South Asian wrangles India will want to be sure that the flow of nuclear and missile technology that China has allegedly been providing to Pakistan in recent years is halted for good If China is concerned about the activities in India of Tibetan exiles India complains that hundreds of Chinese missiles stationed in Tibet can target only Indian cities Hindu ultranationalists in Vajpayee s Bharatiya Janata Party who once objected strongly to any hint of a territorial accommodation with China now appear to recognize that if

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  • China And India's Mutual Distrust | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    storm when he described China as India s enemy number one soon after becoming defence minister in 1998 Border row Over three decades earlier India s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had dreamt of Sino Indian friendship He spelt out the five principles of peaceful co existence between the two countries in the Panchasheel treaty of 1954 But relations soured in 1959 when Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama fled communist persecution and was given asylum in India with his 15 000 followers Soon after the border dispute worsened between the two countries China claimed Aksai Chin in the western sector and India claimed territories south of the McMahon line in the eastern sector The McMahon line was established as the Sino Indian border after an agreement between Britain then ruling India and Tibet in July 1914 Communist China refused to recognise it as the international border In 1962 the border dispute resulted in a war Nuclear Tests Despite many rounds of talks in the last decade there has been little progress in demarcating the two countries 4 500 kilometre long Himalayan border Their relations further nosedived in May 1998 after India conducted nuclear tests It was during those tense times

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  • China Softens Stand On Sikkim | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    Those opposed have argued that if Beijing is really keen on improving bilateral ties it should not hesitate to recognise Sikkim as an integral part of India Some in the establishment argue that a prime ministerial visit to China coming as it does after a decade is a good opportunity for the two countries to sort out many long standing disputes A tradepost in Sikkim they feel is too little too late Beijing keen on Vajpayee s visit has so far not given any categoric assurance that it is willing to recognise Sikkim as part of India Beijing has instead proposed the tradepost to show its flexibility Sikkim merged with India in 1975 becoming its 22nd state after a referendum overwhelmingly supported the move China which took over Tibet in 1959 and has always regarded Sikkim as part of Tibet disputed the Indian decision and called it annexation The two countries went to war in 1962 over the merger and Sikkim among other areas in India s eastern sector has been the centre of a dispute since Vajpayee s proposed visit is significant If it takes place next year it will be the first prime ministerial visit to China in

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  • India-China Ties Better Than Ever | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    seemed to welcome cultural troupes and in the past few years a number of such groups from China and Tibet visited the country He however admitted that Chinese did not give undue importance to the recreational instincts and instead concentrated on basic needs That was probably one of the reasons China made great strides in many fields the counsellor said He admitted that he was right now not exploring business ties but would be interested because of high potential of the Indian market along with those of European market Just now it was cuts and pieces he felt Replying to queries about industrial growth of China he said people from India visited China but still they knew less about the country He said that even smaller cities in China had outpaced developed cities like Shanghai and others The rate growth in the eastern part he said was much better than that of western parts But the western parts was also catching up fast with the eastern parts he said Speaking about the popularity of Chinese goods in India Yang said that some officials were scared of it though there was nothing to fear about it But the Chinese he said

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