Today has seen the start of yet another ‘Special Meeting’ convened by the exiled Tibetan Administration (formerly Exiled Tibetan Government) in which a staged exhibition of determined solidarity and unity of purpose, will predictably support its ongoing appeasement of China. It’s a strange form of democracy that would not be too unfamiliar to the late medieval courts of Italy or France, there will be no genuine accountability or democratic determination based on a collective will of the people. Instead agreement will be reached by a carefully selected group of participants and attendees, the over-whelming majority of whom are loyal and uncritical followers of the presiding cabal.
The stated agenda of the meeting is too “To discuss ways and means to deal with the urgent and critical situation inside Tibet” however a fundamental and critical truth will receive barely a mention, one that lies at the very heart of the Tibetan issue. That, in occupied Tibet, the Tibetan people struggle against China’s tyranny to demand their rightful independence. In exile however the Tibetan Administration (CTA) the body which has arranged this meeting, is seeking a dangerous compromise with China, in which Tibetan nationhood and independence is surrendered in exchange for a so-called autonomy. A solution that would see Tibetans remain under China’s vicious rule with cosmetic improvements in terms of cultural or other rights. This insane proposal is fiercely advocated by the CTA, while acutely aware that their compatriots in Tibet are struggling for independence, it is also forced upon exiled Tibetans through manipulating and exploiting traditional Tibetan societal values. This process has resulted in an orthodoxy, a dogma entirely intolerant of any dissenting voice, particularly those expressing support for Tibetan independence.We can therefore expect that the ongoing violations and suffering of Tibetans under Chinese rule will be used as a pretext to advocate the justification and urgency of current efforts to seek a negotiated solution with China’s regime, on the basis of the proposals featured in the so-called Memorandum On Meaningful Autonomy For Tibetans
This ‘Special Meeting’ is therefore effectively little more than a rubber-stamping exercise, to affirm what has proved a failed ‘policy’ of seeking compromise with China (a fact conceded by no less than Kundun during a US TV interview). It is no exaggeration to state that such a strategy, which is doomed to further surrender to Chinese demands, is a betrayal of the political aspirations of Tibetans inside occupied Tibet, who seek not autonomy or compromise with China’s regime, but the national independence of Tibet. Yet the political elite of Dharamsala ignore that reality and impose their desperate capitulations upon the Tibetan people, hiding behind a cynical facade of democratic process.