The Tibetan town of Shigatse in southern Tibet, once a place of Buddhist pilgrimage and study, now home to increasing rates of alcoholism, prostitution and tourism’ courtesy of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Pollution too has risen, with the concrete sprawl housing Chinese colonizers, the air no longer sweet but carrying the stench of diesel and cheap petrol. Such is the modernity and progress introduced by the occupying Chinese regime.
On September 9 2019 a new spectacle arrived in Shigatse, one previously unknown or practiced by Tibet’s culture, the abuse of animals for the purposes of public entertainment. Male Tibetan yaks were corralled and then driven into an arena to fight. A natural conflict once seen only by Tibetan nomads on the grasslands of Tibet, a prelude to the mating season, remodeled into a crass tourist attraction and no doubt opportunity for gambling profits. These magnificent creatures, iconic symbols of Tibet reduced to the role of a fairground distraction, we wonder how onlooking Tibetans regarded this event? Would they be disturbed to witness such a scene? You would be forgiven for concluding so, after all Tibetans have a deeply rooted sense of compassion towards animals, drawn from Buddhist values and teachings. Yet such principles are being eroded.
China’s authorities are re-wiring the social-attitudes of Tibetans, breaking down Tibet’s cultural identity, taking control of its Buddhist culture and redesigning it, Buddha has been replaced by China’s dictator Xi Jinping on the altar within Tibetan homes. Such radical change has of course been possible only through a machinery of state imposed fear, torture, prison and forced labor are never far from the terrorized minds of Tibetans under Chinese rule. The iron-fist has also been supported by a relentless program of social engineering, Tibetans forced from their nomadic lifestyle into ‘socialist paradise villages’, no longer self-reliant for shelter, fuel or food, reduced to state of dependency. Meanwhile the children of Tibet are being indoctrinated through Chinese language dominated schools, where they are engineered into regarding themselves as loyal and proud citizens of the great People’s Republic (sic) of China. Each Tibetan house is fed a constant stream of Chinese language programs, disinformation and propaganda across the internet which has but one objective; the elimination of traditional Tibetan identity.
It’s being replaced with an ersatz version of Tibet’s cultural character, traditions, rituals and beliefs once forming daily life for Tibetans are now transformed into entertainment or propaganda events. It is no exaggeration to state that Tibetans are becoming an audience to a Chinese controlled circus in which the main attraction is a grotesque and distorted version of their culture. They are applauding their own demise!