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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Dalai lama Speaks

Few remarkable man who really speak truth and follow what he felt right is ,Dalai Lama is one of those rare man, he speaks with Karan Thapar "In a remarkably forthright and outspoken interview, the Dalai Lama also explains what he means by "high-level autonomy" and "real autonomy" for Tibet. "I want the Tibetan people to control all aspects of their life, except foreign affairs and defence," he says. He claims the present state of Tibet under the alleged Chinese autonomy is "the rule of terror".

"I think many visitors to Tibet, including many Chinese, can see that Tibet is actually ruled by terror, the rule of terror. The Tibetans should have the final authority, except foreign affairs and defence. The rest of the business Tibetans can handle even better, because they know the Tibetan mentality, Tibet's geographical situation," the Dalai Lama argues.

"That is the meaning (of the autonomy) I am seeking. At present, on paper there's autonomy, but in reality every key position is occupied by Chinese, who have no idea of the past events, of Tibetan culture or Tibetan habits or mentality. Of course, there's no question (of understanding) the value of Tibetan spirituality," he says.

The Dalai Lama claims that the Chinese, among themselves, have different and contrasting views of Tibetan history, but added that regardless of the past he has fully accepted that Tibet was a part of the People's Republic of China.

"The past is past. When the People's Liberation Army came to Tibet, according to legal experts, Tibet was a de facto independent nation. Therefore, we consider it an occupied land. But that doesn't mean we are seeking independence. Because the world is changing and the reality is changing. Tibet is a backward country, economically, materially. Therefore for our own interest as far as material development is concerned, we want to remain within the People's Republic of China," he says.

The Tibetan monk says there are signs of growing frustration among the Tibetan people, particularly the youth, both inside and outside of Tibet. "If they really want a different approach, they must show us, show the people, their system and their method. Step by step. It is not very clear," he says.

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