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Tibet Youth: “We Want Support & Understanding, Not Pity”

“Among the legendary past leaders of the Tibetan Youth Congress is Mr.Lhasang Tsering, a well-known scholar, who has written and spoken extensively on Tibet---the present, the past and the future.”
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by B.Raman.

(March 20, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Tibetan Youth Congress deserves credit for drawing the attention of the international community to the actual state of affairs in Tibet and to the continued violation of the human right of the Tibetan people by the Chinese. It is behind the current wave of demonstrations and protests by Tibetans all over the world, including in Tibet and Sichuan.
It has made the Tibetan people in Tibet and Sichuan rid themselves of their fear complex and assert their rights in their homeland. 'Tibet for the Tibetans" is its policy. Even though very loyal and devoted to the Dalai Lama, it respectfully differs from his policy of the "Middle Way". For it, there is no middle way between total independence and total servitude. It differs from His Holiness' policy of genuine autonomy and calls for total independence. It is not against the Beijing Olympics. It does not want to sabotage the Games. It says that the Olympics provides the Tibetans with a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to their unhappiness and aspirations. It feels that the Olympics provides a window of opportunity to the Tibetans to give strength to their struggle for independence.

Among the legendary past leaders of the Tibetan Youth Congress is Mr.Lhasang Tsering, a well-known scholar, who has written and spoken extensively on Tibet---the present, the past and the future. He is in his late 40s. To understand the current developments relating to Tibet, it is important to know the views of the Tibetan Youth Congress and those associated with it---either now or in the past. To serve this purpose, I am reproducing below an article written by him in March 2000.

(B.Raman, Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. He is also associated with the Chennai Centre For China Studies. E-mail: seventyone2@gmail.com )
- Sri Lanka Guardian

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