Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Pilgrimage Special: Peaceful Tibetans

The other day, I caught on TV, violence in Tibet. I checked the net and it was reported that demonstrators rampaged through Lhasa resulting in 10 deaths in this supposedly largest and most violent protests against Chinese rule in nearly two decades. The death toll a week later was reported to have reach 99. I have seen many Tibetans in Bodhgaya the last time I visited Mahabodhi Temple and the group there looked like a docile, peaceful group. Then, it could not cross my mind that Tibetans could come to this violent stage. The world is sometimes rather confusing. Somewhere the Dalai Lama was said to have been behind the unrest and elsewhere, he was reported to have hit back at Chinese leaders and Tibetan radicals by threatening to resign if violence in Tibet escalated and yet, there he was again said to be against the boycott of the coming Olympics as well as to have asked his people to live side by side with the Chinese. In one of my trip overseas, I have heard someone commented that Tibet is rich in minerals and there lies the tussle to free and not free Tibet...
Peaceful looking Tibetans at Bodhgaya Temple, Bodhgaya, India...







5 comments:

Mark Antony said...

I find Tibet a fascinating part of the world. It's tragic that many places with ancient civilisations are not allowed to exist, always in recent times, "development" is forced upon them.

Peace to the world..

Liudmila said...

Politic is politic. There was a proverb in russian something like this: masters swear, serves die.

footiam said...

Mark, the whole world is fascinating! If you don't have development, you crave for it. When you don't have it, you complain you don't have it and even kill for it!This world is never satisfied!

footiam said...

Very good proverb! Everything that is there is due to politics. People sometimes need something to complain about. Maybe, everyone should look closer to home; whine about the crimes and high price of things! Tibet causes our thought to stray when it's our own problem that need to be addressed more urgently.

erikko said...

i already linked your blog my friend, thanks for the add

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!