Dear Hindus, worship strength

Strength is greatest deterrent

Hindus have encountered assault for 1,400 years. Enemies are Islam, Christianity, British imperialism, Communism and Nehruvian Socialism. Over 400 million dead, millions raped, thousands of temples destroyed, and large territory lost – we genuinely face a bloodthirsty combination of enemies. Many authors and activists have highlighted several actions the Hindu society should undertake, to defeat these enemies. I will, in this article, focus on only one such action – relentless worship of strength.

Start building strength, now

Every Hindu must exercise, must build strength in their muscles and bones. If you have never exercised, there is no need to worry. You can start weight training today. Start with the minimal weights. Eat fruits before exercise. Warm up with small amount of weights, do 1 set of 10 repetitions for each weight training exercise, limit to 8-10 sets. Then, double the weight, do 1 set of 10 repetitions for each exercise. Drink Whey Protein extract supplement after exercise, and eat healthy fulfilling traditional food after that. Drink 5 liters of water a day. Eat every 2 hours, which should include 5 fruits, sufficient vegetables, and traditional Indian food. Sleep at least 7 hours. Start with weight training exercise for 2 days in a week, one day for lower body, the other day for upper body. Have a days break between 2 days of weight training exercise. “Don’t lose out, work out” – the book by Rujuta Diwekar should be used as a reference.

List of exercises to get you started are provided below.

This is not an exhaustive list. Correct form should be maintained, and progressive overload should be done.

Lower body:

  1. Squat with overhead weight:

2. Lunge with overhead weight:

3. Barbell High Step:

4. Leg Press:

5. Leg Extension:

6. Leg Curl:

Upper body:

    1. Lateral pull down:

2. Seated Row:

3. Hyper Extension:

4. Overhead press:

5. Chest Fly & 6. Rear Delt:

7. Arm Curl:

Call to action:

In this 1,400 years of war, strength is key. A strong Hindu adds immeasurable value to our war effort. Get off that couch, now.

Advertisements

Shri Narendra Modi has his hands full

Priorities for India’s nationalist government

The photograph accompanying this article shows the stunningly beautiful canyon of Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet (Brahmaputra in India) just before it enters India. However, celebrating this natural beauty is not the purpose of this article. Chinese activities in this canyon represent mortal threat to India. By 16th May of 2014, Indian parliamentary (Lok Shabha) election results will be announced. With their extraordinary incompetence already in front of the Indian people to see, the ruling ‘United Progressive Alliance’ (perhaps a misnomer – should have been called ‘Unscrupulous Pocket-Lining Alliance’) is likely to be shown the door. Bharatiya Janata Party’s Narendra Modi is the frontrunner, to lead a ‘National Democratic Alliance’ government in the center. He will have not a moment to spare. His tasks will comprise emergency firefighting, urgent steps and important tasks. Addressing the threat from Chinese diversion of Yarlung Tsangpo’s water is merely one such example. An astonishing list of priority tasks can be foreseen in the hands of the new government. This article is a list of merely a few such tasks, taken from only a small cross-section of opinions.

First of all, acknowledgement

For this article, I am grateful to a large number of people and organizations, and if I miss acknowledging any, that is entirely due to my fault. I express my gratitude to Shri Prakash Katoch, Prof. Brahma Chellaney, Shri Ram Madhav, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Shri Claude Arpi, Shri Bharat Verma, Indian Defence Review, Shri Jayadeva Ranade, Shri Arun Shourie, Wikipedia, Dr. Jana Weiss, Prof. Robert Thurman, International Campaign for Tibet, Students for Free Tibet, United Nations for Free Tibet, FreeTibet, Shri P Stobdan, and Voice of Balochistan Missing Persons. In addition, countless friends have provided me with much insight over the social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and I can not thank them enough.

A few tasks that the new government needs to consider:

  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is a great son, not only of Tibet, but of India, too. His contribution to the cause of global peace and environmental protection is too well known, and too great, for a small man like me to even comment on. Suffice it to say, India must confer ‘Bharat Ratna’, India’s highest civilian honor, on this great son of the soil.
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama needs to be invited to address the opening session of the 16th Lok Shabha (Indian parliament).
  • Indian security personnel serving in the remote – and often frightening cold – outposts, must have the necessary provisions including medical care delivery systems.
  • Negotiate a water sharing treaty with communist China, because if China is allowed to divert water from the rivers originating in Tibet, such as Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) or Indus, that will be disastrous for India.
  • Indians have stashed away 25 Lac Crores of rupees (approximately 416 Billion US $ – which can pay for nearly 12 years of India’s annual defense budget) in foreign banks! This money must be recovered.
  • Qinghai-Tibet railway built by China allows Chinese PLA to quickly amass huge forces in India’s borders, which are not even demarcated. The new government has to factor this in the national security strategy.
  • Chinese PLA has at least 8 nuclear missile sites and 17 top-secret radar stations in Tibet, which India must be prepared to neutralize.
  • India is still far away from operational readiness of nuclear triad, the new government has to work on war-footing on this.
  • Earlier, I K Gujral government, and the present UPA government, have shamefully downgraded India’s external intelligence capabilities. It takes decades to build effective external intelligence capabilities, there is a significant gestation period. The new government must set the ball rolling. Also, the HUMINT agents must be assured of the appropriate government support in case of them being captured by forces hostile to India. The controversies surrounding ‘Technical Services Directorate” and the infamous Coup story was fabricated to frame an upright officer, retired General VK Singh, by the UPA government! The result is further erosion of intelligence capabilities!
  • ‘China study centers’ in Nepal are used by China for subversion against India, the new government must work overtime to wean Nepal away from Chinese influence.
  • India must know, and be ready to exploit, China’s fault-lines -Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Falun Gong issue, Coastal-hinterland divide, etc. India must raise China’s cost of misadventure.
  • The new government must give real teeth to India’s much-vaunted, but under-performing, ‘Look East’ policy. Countries like Singapore have repeatedly expressed their keen desire to ally with India, to balance an increasingly expansionist China. The tardy responses – always inadequate and slow – from India do not help.
  • Over 70% of India’s defense needs are imported! Even INSAS rifles are outdated, and have persistent quality issues. The new government must work towards reforming the defense public sector units (DPSUs), defense research and development organization (DRDO) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Private player must be encouraged in the defense manufacturing industry. Joint venture with foreign players that bring sunrise technology must be allowed and encouraged. The defense procurement policy (DPP), outdated and archaic, must be reformed. India must be able to build the Scorpene class submarines, Indian navy will become further weakened without these. Indian Air Force has 45 sanctioned squadrons, less than 32 are operational! Infighting between the civilian and military divisions of Border Roads Organization (BRO) has resulted into construction of roads such as the one into Daulat Beg Oldie (in Ladakh) – a vital strategic ground – being stalled! Andaman Nicobar command does not have adequate radars, due to environmental lobby groups creating pressure! The northern point of Andaman-Nicobar integrated command is only 18 kilometers away from Coco Islands of Myanmar, which China uses as a listening post! It is another matter that the Indian government must pressurize Myanmar to completely roll back Chinese influence in this vital region. Roads have still not been built in Arunachal Pradesh, and due to this, the Indian army will have to fight Chinese PLA deep into the Indian territory, in case of invasion! Indian coast guard must be professionally managed, to enhance India’s coastal security, lest 26/11 is repeated again! India’s national security establishment must be strong enough to simultaneously neutralize Pakistan, Jihadist terrorists, Maoist terrorists, China, ULFA, illegal migration from Bangladesh and all other terrorist organizations.
  • Indian ministry of home affairs (MHA), to placate the Chinese, plans to challenge Election Commission (EC) directive to let the eligible Tibetan people living in India vote in the Indian elections! Such kowtowing to China must be stopped!
  • Indian government must not arrest the peaceful Tibetan protesters when the Chinese dignitaries visit India! Such bending over backwards to placate the Chinese only emboldens them further!
  • Huwei Telecom of China is closely controlled by PLA, they must not be allowed to do business in India. Only recently had they hacked BSNL systems!
  • Google maps already show Arunachal Pradesh as part of China! International calls made from Tawang show Tibet’s area code for the recipient abroad! China publishes budget for Arunachal Pradesh terming it as ‘Southern Tibet’. Chinese maps continue to show Arunachal Pradesh in China, Ladakh in China and Kashmir valley in Pakistan. Such are the sly designs of the Chinese, and the Indian government must know how to outsmart them.
  • India’s Mars mission, while good, is not enough! India must build anti-satellite capability (ASAT). China has already tested ASAT, and can destroy Indian communication and surveillance satellites.
  • One of the first engagements of Shri Narendra Modi should be Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. The other should be the shrine built in memory of a fallen soldier of 1962 war against China, late Shri Jaswant Singh Rawat. The shrine is called ‘JaswantGarh’, in commemoration of the heroic battle he fought against the Chinese PLA in Nauranang, Arunachal Pradesh. Such visits will anger China. But the Chinese are pragmatic, they will understand that the new Prime Minister is not scared, and will get the message that they must exercise restraint. If you want evidence, please look at Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe!
  • Indian children do not get to read about the heroes of Indian armed forces, in the Indian history books! Major Shaitan Singh PVC, Major Dhan Singh Thapa PVC, Abdul Hameed PVC and Capt. Bana Singh PVC are immortal heroes, but Indian children do not read these names in the school history books! We are independent today, and living with at least a modicum of peace, because of these heroes! The new government must enhance the education policy to address such flaws.
  • Notwithstanding China’s anger, India must recognize Taiwan fully, and build a vibrant relationship with this country. There are much to learn from Taiwan, not least of which are their China-watching capability and success of their small and medium enterprises.
  • The new government must revoke the discriminatory article 370, and allow Indians from outside Jammu-and-Kashmir to settle in this state, which will go a long way to integrate this state effectively.
  • A strong partnership with Japan is imperative. Clearing Japanese infrastructure development projects in Arunachal Pradesh will go a long way in strengthening this relationship, not to mention the benefits to the people of this state and the message going out to China. Japan has agreed to sell military hardware to India, in a sharp departure to their practice. India must walk their part too.
  • Indian government must realize what an imbalanced trade with China is doing to Indian industries and economy! At the end of 2013, India’s trade deficit with China was an alarming US $ 31.4 billion! China imports raw material from India, and exports finished goods, in a stark reminder to the British colonial era. India’s current account deficit is rising, while Indian industries are closing down.
  • India-Vietnam-Japan-Singapore-Taiwan-Malayasia-Indonesia-Australia partnership is key to containing China.
  • India must know and be ready to exploit Pakistan’s fault-lines such as Balochistan, Sindh, FATA, NWFP, Gilgit-Baltistan. India must raise Pakistan’s cost of sponsoring terrorism in India.
  • India must increase defense budget, it is currently just 1/4th of China’s!
  • India must have effective cyber warfare capabilities, which will raise China’s cost of misadventure.
  • With the looming US pullout from Afghanistan, China and Pakistan will fish in the troubled water, further destabilizing India. Indian government must act urgently.
  • China’s imperialism in the garb of trade is generating strong negative reactions in Africa, India must partner Africa to exploit this.
  • China threatens Bhutan regarding the highland overlooking India’s vulnerable Siliguri corridor, India must protect Bhutan adequately.
  • China has nefarious designs with respect to Hambantota port in Sri Lanka. India must wean Sri Lanka away from Chinese influence. Once settled, Chinese PLA navy will be hard to dislodge from this key port.
  • Similarly, Gwadar port in Balochistan will become another Chinese PLA navy controlled port, unless India can neutralize Chinese influence in Balochistan, and the way to do that is to help the Baloch people gain independence from Pakistan.
  • Thousands of Chinese PLA personnel are already in Gilgit-Baltistan area, posing grave risk to India’s security. The new government must utilize India’s assets in Gilgit-Baltistan to dislodge Pakistan army and Chinese PLA there.
  • India must conclusively wean Myanmar away from Chinese influence.
  • Indian army’s artillery regiment is starving of equipment! The new government must set this right!
  • Indus water sharing treaty with Pakistan is heavily skewed in favor of Pakistan, which must be renegotiated.
  • Events in Maldives for the last two years have significantly eroded Indian influence there, and these events bear unmistakable Chinese signature. India must wean Maldives away from Chinese and Pakistani influence.
  • India will never be strong as long as the women are brutalized, farmers commit suicide, transgenders suffer, manual scavengers lead a life of utter indignity, animals are brutally mutilated and environment degrades. The new Indian government must work towards comprehensive national strength.

One hopes that Shri Narendra Modi remains physically fit, mentally alert and spiritually vibrant. Leading a government with such overwhelming mandate requires a leader who is not afraid of hard work, who is humble but relentless, and who can take smart decisions as well as ensure execution.

#Indian nationalist SP Mookerjee was a friend of #Tibet

Image

Like every true Indian nationalist of last 64 years of Indian history, late Indian nationalist leader Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, too, was a friend of Tibet and the Tibetan people.

I express my gratitude to Shri Claude Arpi, for I will quote extensively from his book ‘Tibet: The Lost Frontier’. Similarly, I express my gratitude to Shri Arun Shourie, for I will also quote extensively from his book ‘Self-deception: India’s China Policies – Origins, Premises, Lessons’.

Indian people are aware of late Shri Dr. SP Mookerjee’s contribution to Indian nationalism.  After he had resigned from the government of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru  (due to disagreement over Delhi Pact that Pandit Nehru had with Pakistan prime minister Liaqat Ali Khan), he, after consulting Guru Golwalkar of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), founded Bharatiya Jana Sangh. This party was opposed to the politics of minority appeasement in India, and is widely considered to the first Hindu nationalist party, with an Indian nationalist outlook, of independent India. Late Dr. Mookerjee’s strident opposition to Article 370 and special status for Kashmir was prophetic – successive generations of Indians view with immense pain the lack of integration of Kashmir that these poor policies have spawned. His mysterious death in Kashmir, after being arrested by Sheikh Abdullah’s government, in 1953, remains shrouded in mystery, especially because Pandit Nehru never allowed setting up an enquiry commission.

Indian people may be less aware of his deep and abiding friendship towards the Tibetan people. At the time of Chinese PLA’s invasion of Tibet in 1950, and the consolidation of this invasion in the subsequent years, Pandit Nehru had a towering presence in India, and he had conducted the foreign policy of the Indian government entirely based on his own judgement. Very few Indian political leaders had the ability to criticize Pandit Nehru’s inaction when Tibet was ‘eaten up’ by communist China. Late Dr. Mookerjee had, and he protested against the short-sighted Indian policy on Tibet vehemently, on the floor of Indian parliament (Lok Shabha).

Dr. Mookerjee, during debate in Lok Shabha, had recalled the doggedness with which Pandit Nehru as the prime minister had been advocating China’s case in the United Nations. He cited the government of India had been ‘shocked and surprised’ with the reply that the Chinese government had sent India, in response to the messages that Indian government had sent to China. He then asked the most important question – ‘What is our definite policy regarding Tibet?’. He expressed his concern that the ‘Prime Minister just glossed over’ this important matter. He criticized Indian government’s inadequate response to the crisis unfolding in Tibet – ‘We have sent another request asking them to be peaceful, but has that made any difference?..We sent frantic appeals to China asking her not to be violent but did China listen?’ Dr. Mookerjee had also prophetically pointed out the imminent danger to India, because, while Indian prime minister kept saying that Indian government stands by McMahon line as boundary between India and Tibet, China continues to publish maps that show significant Indian territory as part of China (Ignoring such sage warning caused India humiliation in 1962 over the heights of Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, and India continues to pay the price till today). Dr. Mookerjee charged Pandit Nehru with following ‘a surrendering policy’ in regard to Tibet (Tibetan people know the effect of this surrender, with 1.2 million Tibetans killed, thousands of monasteries razed flat and severely degraded environment potentially impacting much of Asia, because Tibet has the headwaters of many major Asian rivers).

People of India and Tibet continue to suffer, because incompetent Nehru-government had ignored well-founded critique and sane advise. It is hoped India’s governments formulate appropriate policy to help the sorely tried Tibetan people. There is not another choice – Tibet is India’s civilizational sister.

Was Gendun Chhompel the misunderstood nationalist of #Tibet?

Image

In not utilizing Gendun Chhompel’s work, ideas and voice, did Tibetan people lose out on a committed nationalist, especially during the last years of their freedom, a time when they needed it the most?

I am indebted to Shri Claude Arpi and his well-researched book “1962 and the McMahon Line saga” for this article, and I will quote from this book often.

Late scholar Gendun Chhompel’s life and death symbolized the Tibet of the first half of twentieth century. The conservative clergy did not demonstrate requisite foresight and statecraft, with a few exceptions, the most notable being the late 13th Dalai Lama, who had forewarned his people what trauma lies ahead, with his prophetic testament of ‘long and dark shall be the night’. The aristocratic estate owners had utilized the drawbacks of the society to their advantage. There were the common Tibetan people, although striving hard for spiritual liberation, but oblivious to the momentous changes that swept the world, and hence, ill-prepared to deal with them. Finally, there were a handful of brilliant and progressive young Tibetans wanting to bring changes in Tibet. They may not have known how to bring the changes, but tried, and were broken at the end of their effort.

Unlike India or China, Tibet had never been colonized for any significant length of time, that is, until the Chinese PLA brought in destruction starting 1950. While India and China had imperialist powers to throw out, Tibetans had none to drive out. While long period of independence had allowed the Tibetan people to concentrate on spiritual refinement, they also missed the strong winds of nationalism that blew across Asia, which did help the erstwhile colonized Asian countries such as India to at least start rebuilding their society. Another disadvantage that the Tibetan people had, although it can be argued that the Tibetan ruling elite actually preferred it by an overwhelming majority, was that the major colonial power present in Asia during the first half of twentieth century, Great Britain, strictly preferred maintaining Tibet’s status-quo, which meant that Tibet remained isolated. Fresh ideas from outside world were hard to come by, and when they came, Tibetan ruling elite viewed them with a certain amount of suspicion. Gendun Chhompel’s life and struggles need to be viewed in the above context.

Gendul Chhompel was born in Amdo province of Eastern Tibet in 1903. He joined a branch of the Labrang Tashikyil monastery called Yama Tashikyil when he was still very young. Later he joined another monastery called Ditsa, where he was recognized as an incarnate, and was came to be known as ‘Alak Ditsa’. Then he joined the main Labrang monastery, he was already famous as a great scholar. Even when he was in his twenties, he also came to be known also for his non-conformist ways. He invented matchbox boats and tested them in the nearby lake! He was reprimanded by the authorities of the monastery for this! Later he also fabricated flying objects! He demonstrated his keen interest in history, along with arts and painting, too. Later, he went to Drepung monastery and studied under the famous scholar, Geshe Sherab Gyaltso.

When still in his twenties, Gendun left for India, to become a wandering monk. For the next twelve years he visited ‘Aryabhumi’, as India was known to the Tibetan people. He traversed length of the country, from Kashmir valley and the North-western frontier provinces (now Pakistan), to as far south as Sri Lanka. Everywhere he studied the people, their language and wrote about their history.

In northern India, he looked for the remnants of the ancient kingdom of Oddiyana. In Sri Lanka, he studied Pali language and southern Buddhist tradition, and he wrote about Vinayana traditions.

He was not only a prolific writer, but was also an expert in drawing maps. Taking advantage of his exhaustive travel, he drew the first Tibetan maps of Buddhist pilgrimages in India and he published a book on this, which is still used today by Tibetan pilgrims. His fantastic memory, his sense of history and his insatiable curiosity took him to many holy places in India, in particular Varanasi and Patna. He studied Sanskrit, Hindi and English.

Venerated Indian poet of that era, Shri Rabindranath Tagore, had offered him a teaching post at his university in Shantiniketan (in present-day Indian state of West Bengal). However, Gendun loved being on the roads and hence, refused. He traveled non-stop in India, wrote continuously about his political views. He established friendship with noted Indian scholar Rahul Sankrityayana, with whom he traveled to Tibet in 1938, in search of old lost Sanskrit manuscripts that were no longer available in India but were preserved in Tibetan monasteries for over a thousand years. Gendun returned to India, and helped indexing the manuscripts too, these are in Bihar museum. At a time when sectarian tension was spreading in Tibet between different Buddhist faiths, Gendun was broad enough to not only read Indian texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Rig Veda, Dhammapada, Ramayana and Kamasutra. He even read the Bible and the Koran. Ironically, Gendun had also established deep friendship with Rapga Pandatsang, the Khampa nationalist and founder of the Tibetan rebel political party called ‘Tibet Improvement Party’. It was this relation with Rapga, and Gendun’s frequent visits to Rapga’s house in Kalimpong (in present-day Indian state of West Bengal) that aroused the suspicion of the British colonial rulers of India.

Gendun’s greatest passions were ancient Tibetan history and drawing maps. Sadly, these were greatly responsible for his later troubles. His ‘The White Annals’ was a completely new interpretation of the early history of Tibet. He was able to consult the manuscripts of Denhuang and decipher the historic pillars in Lhasa, on which the history of the relations of Tibet and China had been written (incidentally, the same history that the Chinese communists are turning to their head, via their propaganda). Gendun traveled via Eastern Bhutan to reach Tawang. He probably visited Urgyenling, the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso. Gendun was eagerly trying to find the ‘Chorten Karpo’s (white stupas) which were supposed to have marked the borders of the Tibetan empire in the seventh and eighth century. He was hoping to decipher the bi-lingual inscriptions that some of these stupas had, in order to gain insights into the history of the ancient Tibetan empire. Whether he saw the famous Gorsam Chorten, which was perhaps the Chorten Karpo of the ancient legend, is not known. In 1959, this was the same place where the 14th Dalai Lama entered India fleeing occupied Tibet. According to scholar Heather Stoddard, Gendun had found one Chorten bearing bilingual inscriptions in Tibetan and Indian scripts, indicating location of ancient Indo-Tibetan border.

Maps drawn by Gendun showing present-day Arunachal Pradesh and borders of ancient Tibetan empire, during his stay in Tawang, became sources of his trouble. This was at a time when British India and Tibetan government were negotiating about the fate of Tawang, whether British India would govern it as stipulated in the 1914 Simla accord, or whether Tibetan government will govern it. It is said that these maps fell in the hands of the the-then nationalist Chinese Kuo-Min-Tang government, which also had claims over Tibet and Northeastern India’s frontier regions (currently Arunachal Pradesh). This made him even more suspect in the eyes of the British. Additionally, Gendun had decided to travel to Tibet, via Tawang. At a sensitive time, such unusual choice of route made him even more of a suspect. British authorities had reported Gendun’s activities to Lhasa.

Gendun reached Lhasa in January 1946. He wore a torn Chuba. His only possession was his black box, in which all of his writings, paintings, sketches and notes were there.

Now, let us look at the ideas that Gendun carried. He was passionate about a united Tibet, with sufficiently strong military capabilities to defend themselves. His studies of ancient Tibetan history made him respect the ancient Tibetan kings, for their accomplishment of keeping Tibet united. In his view, Tibet had to fight to regain its lost glory. He was of the opinion that the Tibetan people from Amdo and Kham were much more patriotic than the people of central Tibet, because they had fought for centuries against the Chinese and knew them better. He felt that over a thousand years religion has dampened the Tibetan spirit. He used to watch the training of the minuscule Tibetan army very keenly. He had a clear vision of what the communists will bring to Tibet. He had followed the China’s civil war closely, and predicted that Mao will have to kill many people if he has to succeed. He had advised his disciples to go and study in China, because ‘It is good to study in India, a friendly country, but it is much more important to go to China, because it is essential to understand and know your enemy’. He had said that the Chinese had a long memory, they are the mortal enemies of the Tibetan people, they are building capabilities to subjugate Tibet and the Communists ‘are coming’.

Add his unusual appearance, copious writing, maps, sketches, paintings, radical ideas, with the suspicion the British had passed on to the Lhasa authorities! Gendun Chhompel was arrested by the Lhasa authorities in August 1946, imprisoned, and beaten. He was released in 1949, partly because Tibetan government could not prove any charges against him. There was another reason, too. The Tibetan government understood that they urgently need to write their history and popularize it, because China had started becoming increasingly noisy over their claims on Tibet. Tibetan government understood that it is important for them to substantiate their claim of independence with historical evidences. There was no one better to write history of ancient Tibet, than Gendun Chhompel!

But then, in 1949, Gendun Chhompel was a broken man. He took to drinking heavily. When the first Chinese PLA troops entered Lhasa in September 1951, Gendun was already blind and had only a few months left to live. When a friend described the Chinese troops passing under his window, he shouted in frustration to the effect that Tibet had got what they had bargained for in their centuries of negligence and infighting.

Would the history have taken a different turn had the Tibetan government paid heed to nationalists like Gendun Chhompel and their warnings? We will never know. However, one lesson we can learn is that nationalism is not dirty (to paraphrase Indian nationalist scholar Arun Shourie).

#China ‘s #water #terrorism

Image

Terrorism is one of the most destructive mode of asymmetric warfare in the modern world. It has certain characteristics:

  • It is carried out to spread terror in the hearts of unarmed population.
  • It carries a threat of unprecedented damage – an LeT suicide-bombing squad may kill 3 Indian civilians in J&K, but carries a threat of potentially killing thousands by repeating such heinous acts elsewhere. Due to this threat, it ties up significant law-and-order enforcement machinery of state – witness Indian security apparatus tied down in J&K in large numbers.
  • It is usually motivated by an expansionist ideology – Jihadi’s are fueled by fundamentalist traits of Islam and Maoists by communism.
  • It does not recognize any universal law – any civilian, by any means, is a target. The brutality perpetrated by terrorism is also not bound by any universal declaration of human rights, or any such legalities. Witness Maoists killing Indian policeman, cutting open stomach and planting IED inside the mutilated body.
  • It allows deniability to the mastermind. Witness LeT being in the front, whereas Pakistan army and ISI continuously denies any involvement.

China’s plundering of Tibetan water resources is nothing but terrorism. For the detailed reasons explained below, I am indebted to Claude Arpi, Professor Brahma Chellaney and Charlton Lewis.

China occupies Tibet since 1950. Tibetan plateau is the place of origin for some of the most important and largest rivers in the continent of Asia. Note that Asia is the driest continent, in terms of freshwater availability per capita. The rivers originating in Tibet sustains 85% of Asia’s, and hence 50% of world’s, population. Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet) sustains India’s North-east and Bangladesh. Indus sustains India’s North and Pakistan. Sutlej sustains India’s North and North-western states. Mekon sustains Vietnam, Irrawadi sustains Myanmar, Karnali and Seti sustain Nepal, and so on. Since 1950, China has built over 22,000 dams over 15 meters tall, roughly half of world’s current total. Majority are in Tibet. To build dams alone, China has forcibly displaced 22.9 million people. The spree continues. ‘Three Gorges dam’ is well-known, but several others are less known. The plan of diverting Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra in India)’s water to China’s arid north is mind-boggling, and if implemented, will completely destroy the largest canyon in the world, home to roughly 60% of Tibet’s bio-diversity. Salween is the only free-flowing river so far, and may not remain so for long. With these dams, China has the capability of controlling flow of water to the lower-riparian states such as India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand. All of these countries are dependent on seasonal rainfall, like monsoon in India. During the dry seasons, curtailed flow of water in these rivers will drive the population in these countries to riot, and these countries will face nothing less than civil war. With China, due to their abysmal record of human rights, and well-established expansionist agenda, this is a real threat, and the knowledgeable population in the lower riparian states shudder to think of the catastrophe, if China indeed resorts to such tactics.

China has no water-sharing treaties with any of the lower-riparian states. In fact, China does not even recognize a need for such treaty, and is not a signatory to the relevant UN declarations and clauses pertaining to sharing of water resources. This places China’s dam-building spree completely outside of any international legal regime.

In 2000, there were flash-floods in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. In the first instance, Indian government officials were completely at a loss to explain why so much excess water flowed through Brahmaputra. The loss of human beings, livestock and infrastructure was very disturbing. In the second instance, Sutlej was flooded, over hundred people died in Himachal Pradesh, there was significant loss of livestock and a strategic road was completely washed away. ISRO satellite pictures remain classified till date, Indian government officials are silent. There were clear suspicion that an artificial lake was formed just before this flood in Tibet, and it was breached, causing such widespread destruction. China has never allowed Indian experts to visit the area in question in Tibet. ‘Environmental terrorism’ is what it should be called.

All the lower-riparian states need to join hands to fight China’s water terrorism. Over a quarter of human population is at the mercy of China’s actions in Tibet. Tibet must be made free from Chinese imperialism with support from free world. The free world then must support the Tibetans in retaining the hard earned freedom. China can not be allowed to brutalize Tibetans (1.2 million Tibetans have been killed since 1950 and over 6,000 monasteries have been razed to the ground). Similarly, China can not be allowed to terrorize Asia over the most basic of natural resources – water. This is not Tibet’s fight alone.

Why #Tibet ‘s #freedom matters

Image

Tibet’s freedom struggle is a Litmus test for free world. If free world can help Tibet regain freedom from imperialist Communist China, the example will go a long way towards helping free world in implementing key projects, such as building inclusive society, empowerment of marginalized communities, improving democracy and rule of law. If China is able to crush Tibetan freedom struggle, the dark forces led by China (and symbolized by the barbaric states such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and North Korea) will gain a significant upper hand. Why?

  • First, for the Tibetans, it is a matter of life and death. No peaceful existence with freedom is possible for Tibetans under Chinese brutality. Since 1950, China has killed 1.2 million Tibetans, destroyed thousands of monasteries, plundered Tibet’s environment with incalculable damage and made Tibetans minority in their own country. For exiled Tibetans, unless Tibet is free again, the emotional loss and sense of hurt will be unfathomable.
  • Second, for the oppressed people worldwide, freedom for Tibet will be a beacon of hope. After all, Tibetans have as good a legal case for freedom as China herself has. Tibet has been an independent country for millenia. If free world supports Tibet, oppressed people worldwide will have the confidence in the free world, that there is someone to champion their cause. For example, people in Balochistan will have reasons for hope that they can free themselves from Pakistani colonialism. On the other hand, if the free world dumps Tibet for the sake of trade with China, it will be a big blow to the oppressed people all over the world. They will learn that having a just case does not matter and cheap manufacturing bases in China are more powerful than ideals such as equality, freedom and democracy.
  • Third, for the security of Asia, Tibetans must regain their freedom and retain the same with hard work and diligence. Chinese dam building frenzy in Tibet has already resulted into many dams built over the rivers originating in the Tibetan platue. This includes rivers such as Brahmaputra, Irrawadi, Mekong etc that flow into lower-riparian states like India, Vietnam and Myanmar. China has all along resisted any water-sharing treaty, and does not even agree to UN clauses regarding this. Salween is the only river originating in Tibet that has not been dammed by China so far. China has the ominous ability now to divert water from these rivers towards their arid North, or reduce the flow of water to the lower-riparian states (thereby causing havoc including water-riots), or even flood the lower-riparian states (like how they did by bursting artificial lake along river Sutlej and flooding Himachal Pradesh in India). China now has the ability to launch ‘water-war’ against its neighbors. Dumping nuclear waste in Tibet and heavily militarizing Tibet are causing incalculable harm to its fragile environment, leaving future generations far poorer.

Stand up, free world! Pass this Litmus test. You can not afford to fail, because your failure will be a major boost to the dark forces of tyranny that are led by China.

 

#Communist #China – the most #evil #empire ?

The Chinese communist empire is only 64 years old. Their brutality in just 64 years boggles mind. One worries about the terrible effect if this empire lasts long.

  • The Chinese communists had caused death of over 30 million people during the forced famine of ‘Great Leap Forward’. Unconfirmed report of cannibalism can not be corroborated, however, the people can hardly be blamed had they indeed taken this extreme step, due to ferocious communist repression.
  • They killed over 10 million people in their decade long brutal ‘Cultural revolution’. Once again, unconfirmed report of revolutionaries making soup with body-parts of ‘counter-revolutionaries’ can not corroborated. However, the brutal nature of this pogrom and purge has been widely documented.
  • They killed 1.2 million Tibetans, since the 1950 invasion. The Chinese communist empire significantly increased territorial jurisdiction by invading Tibet.
  • No accurate estimation is possible of how many were killed in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.
  • Possibly millions have been killed due to countless repressive measures in mainland China in the 64 years.
  • Tiananmen square massacre of 1989 involved Chinese PLA firing from tanks on unarmed civilians demanding democracy.
  • Barbaric repression of Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uyghurs and other minorities and dissidents continue.
  • To build dams alone, China has forcibly displaced 22.9 million people.
  • China has proliferated nuclear weapons to rogue states like Pakistan and North Korea.
  • Environmental degradation is alarming, villages after villages are now ‘cancer villages’. Pollution is a major cause for thousands of riots in China every year. Rampant mining in Tibet is destroying one of the last ecological heritage areas. Recent shutdown of a city of 11 million due to smog is just one outward manifestation of this problem.
  • Tibet, which is Asia’s water-table, is heavily dammed by China. Rivers originating Tibetan plateau provide water to over 50% of Asia’s population. China controls these rivers, build dams on them without any river-water sharing agreement with any of the lower-riparian states. Nuclear radioactive waste is dumped in Tibet, with frightening consequence for the Tibetan as well as the lower-riparian states.
  • China has border conflict with every neighbor except for the rogue state of Pakistan. China resorts to force to resolve these, such as wars with India in 1962, Nathu La conflict with India in 1967, Samdurong Chu stand-off with India in 1986, war with Vietnam in 1979, current stand-off with Japan and conflicts over Spartly’s islands.
  • China has financed and armed terrorists in India and Myanmar.
  • Freedom of expression is severely curtailed, every bit of citizens life is roundly monitored and censored in China.

Chinese empire needs to crumble in the interest of humanity and world at large.  The sooner the better.