Luke wrote:Is it comical that Tibetan culture is being destroyed? Yes, kindness is often seen as weakness until it becomes the only way to avoid a catastrophe.
No, it isn't, but the fact people lament the destruction of Tibetan culture and then buy Made in China
probably seems comical to the PRC leadership. It is like slamming Wal-mart for its business practices and then shopping there.
It wasn't so long ago that Australia, America and Canada forced their aboriginal populations to adopt the dominant culture and language, and this is still an ongoing process. Again, the finger pointing over Tibet is comical when these same countries are guilty of the same sins. They might say they've learnt from their mistakes, but that doesn't really translate into serious reparations or anything substantial other than a few cheques in the mail.
In any case, there are propaganda-influenced perspectives we need to take into account. The Chinese say everything is well in Tibet while the Tibetan nationalists in India say it is a living hell.
If that's the case, why do a lot of Tibetans return to China after being refugees for awhile? They have that option sometimes, and they pursue it. So it can't be that terrible. You hear of Tibetan temples being left alone provided they don't get involved in politics.
It is a difficult problem to properly discern given the political interests on both sides. The PRC and the Tibetan nationalists have their own narratives.
If Tibet were finally free enough that all the lamas who would like to go back to Tibet--but who up to now have feared to--could finally go back to visit it, that would be a lot of lamas, I think! And important lamas usually don't travel alone: They have other lamas and helpers travel with them, including maybe even some western students--in short, a lot of tourists to contribute to the local economy in Tibet!
Tourism doesn't bring you substantial levels of income like industry would. A lot of Asian countries which rely on tourism are down the list when it comes to GDP per capita.
In any case, it doesn't seem to be in the strategic interests of the PRC to allow for Tibetan autonomy. They fear separatism, which in fact actually exists. I imagine the majority of native Tibetans if given the chance would vote for independence.
You might say that's only fair and properly democratic, but it is not in the interests of the PRC to allow this. Subjugation of Tibet over the long-term is their goal, not free elections. They're not a nation driven by moral concerns, but rather one driven by self-interest. They do what is in China's interests.
Not to mention the intangible, but nevertheless great blessings the Chinese would gain from working constructively with the Dalai Lama--now that would be massively good karma!
China is a largely secular country. Your narrative about karma and blessings would be irrelevant to most people.
You're basically being rather idealistic about the situation rather than realistic.
In the past I've spoken to some of the researchers who work for the exile government in Dharamsala. They're all nice people, but they could just tell me all the evil things the PRC is doing to Tibetans and the environment up there. I think what they told me is true, but besides activism and maybe poking at the PRC in passive-aggressive ways they could not describe any realistic way forward.
So instead of envisioning some future that probably won't happen, it would be best to work with the current reality, which is in fact what I believe a lot of Tibetans in India and Nepal are doing.
They recognize they're not going home, so they're permanently settling in those countries. That's why they're building massive well-decorated monasteries. If they had any plans to return to Tibet in this lifetime they probably wouldn't pursue such projects. But they're settling down. The Indian government recognizes this as well, which is why they've built Tibetan medium colleges in places like Ladakh and Sarnath.