I don’t know if Dalai Lama can bring democracy in Tibet after getting what he wants now…. but that doesn’t mean our police have to stop Tibetans from protesting against what they call Chinese atrocities in Tibet.
A few dozen Tibetan refugees were rounded up by the Nepali police when the former tried to protest outside the offices of the Kathmandu bureau of Chinese official news agency Xinhua (yes, the building is pretty much big and looks nice from outside!). The protesting refuges were shouting ‘Free Tibet’ and ‘China, Stop Killing in Tibet’ slogans. Soon after they started shouting slogans, police personnel reacted. The police forcefully put the shouting refugees inside the vans and trucks. The incident didn’t last for more than half an hour but that did portray very ugly image of Nepal to the rest of the world. The cameras captured nasty pictures from the event, thanks to the unnecessary police intervention.
Okay, here is what I think. I support the One China policy of the government of Nepal. Tibet is part of China. Period. Even the Dalai Lama has been saying that he is not fighting for the independence of Tibet. He says he is fighting for autonomy. Fighting for autonomy is different from the struggle for democracy. I don’t know if Dalai Lama can bring democracy in Tibet after getting what he wants now. I am for the strict separation of religion from the state affairs. I have fought against the usage of religion by those rulers who want to stick to the power. I am against anyone who claims to be the incarnation (or reincarnation) of God. I am also against the hereditary flow of power (from father to son). Just because one is born in a certain family doesn’t mean he is qualified to rule a nation. Of course I would love to see a democratic China but I can’t support the split of China and I don’t support any movement that is not based on democratic principles but religious leadership.
But that doesn’t mean our police have to stop Tibetans from protesting against what they call Chinese atrocities in Tibet. For heavens shake, Nepal Police should keep this fact in mind that WE ARE A DEMOCRACY. We are not China. We fought against the autocracy of Gyanendra to have democracy restored in April 2006. The right to peaceful gathering and nonviolent protest is guaranteed by our constitution. Our tradition also doesn’t allow refugees to be treated in such a distasteful manner. A group of policeMEN forcefully dragging a screaming female protester and throwing her inside a van doesn’t certainly look nice. The scene in the photo looks horrible. And those photos have gone around the world. The image of our hard fought democracy has gone into dust.
What would have happened if Nepal Police had allowed those refugees to shout for a few hours? Is the foundation of the Chinese government so fragile that it could be destabilized by a small non violent protest in front of Jaya Nepal Theater in Kathmandu? Do Nepal Police have to be more Chinese then the Chinese themselves? There was absolutely no need to act in such an unrestrained manner against those who were peacefully raising their voices. The act of Nepal Police is outrageous. It’s shameful.
From NYT: About 20 Tibetan high school students scaled a brick wall surrounding the United Nations compound in Katmandu on Friday morning, carrying a small home-made sign that read “Free Tibet” and asking for the United Nations to help their cause, according to a United Nations spokesman. John Brittain, a spokesman for the United Nations, described the teenagers as polite intruders who sat on the grass inside the compound, were asked to write their grievances for United Nations officials and were treated to lunch. No one has been arrested, Mr. Brittain said, and agency officials would make sure they all were escorted home safely. “They were very nice,” Mr. Brittain said by telephone from Katmandu.
And what am I reading that? Since when the UN started feeding momos to the unauthorized intruders? Aren’t trespasser the law-breakers? Nice intruders? He is a ‘son of a bitch’ but ‘my son of a bitch’? Go to hell. It seems the high ranking officials were involved in that intrusion. Without the involvement of high-ranking officials of the role-hungry bureaucratic monster called UN, anyone can guess that given the usually more than ordinary security measures, the intrusion wouldn’t have been possible. The spokesperson of the UN must answer this question: What would have his office done to a group of crooks who jumped into the UN? (Of course they would be nice intruders because they would not kill anyone but only vandalize the office and hand over some papers to the UN officials saying that they were pissed off by the police.) Feed them with a plate of momos? What if the intruders had bombed or killed someone? Of course, they would still be nice intruders in the eyes of those who support them. Feed them with plates of dal bhat? In any such unfortunate case these very fat bellied UN officials will be the first to blame the government of Nepal for poor security situation around their office.
To the refugees: Tibetan refugees must understand this: We the people of Nepal have suffered enough and we have our own problems. Please be a refugee if you want to be a refugee. We have been welcoming you for all these years and there are about 25 thousands of you living in Nepal. That’s not a problem with Nepali people. We also know that many of you are having better life than average Nepali in Nepal. For many of you Nepal has become a spring board to go to the United States or any other developed countries. That’s also not a problem with us. Yes we want you to have all good and peaceful life in your own homeland. Our best wishes are with you. But please organized your protests without creating any problem in Nepal. We need our policemen in voting booths.