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AwareMonk , Official account of AwareMonk Oct, 05 2016

Building a Tibetan Internet Army


With leading international organizations and student bodies doing commendable work for Tibet’s cause, it’s time we congregate and use technology to take this struggle to the next level. And in today’s day and age, there is nothing more potent than an Internet movement.


This discussion kicks-off the initiative to bring together experts and activists to form a consolidated front. It will broadly touch open the following issues plaguing the Tibetans:


Human rights issues

Threat to their culture

Environmental degradation

Self-immolation

Call for freedom or middle-way approach

How the global citizens can leverage the strength of the Internet to amplify Tibetan voices and force change.


Videos for subject matter reference:


With leading international organizations and student bodies doing commendable work for Tibet’s cause, it’s time we congregate and use technology to take this struggle to the next level. And in today’s day and age, there is nothing more potent than an Internet movement.This discussion kicks-off the initiative to bring together experts and activists to form a consolidated front. It will broadly touch open the following issues plaguing the Tibetans:Human rights issuesThreat to their cultureEnvironmental degradationSelf-immolationCall for freedom or middle-way approachHow the global citizens can leverage the strength of the Internet to amplify Tibetan voices and force change.Videos for subject matter reference:

Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


The escalation of the Tibetan self-immolations has shocked the world by growing its number to 146 since 2009. few Chinese netizens have helped spread reports of self-immolations by Tibetans online and expressed their concern by posting comments on social media websites like Twitter. Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong tweeted: “Why is the world numb toward self-immolations?” The Chinese authorities in Tibet have intensified measures to prevent information reaching the outside world about the self-immolations despite the risk people from Tibet take to send their news, videos and photos to show the world and acknowledge the sacrifice shouldn't go invain
The escalation of the Tibetan self-immolations has shocked the world by growing its number to 146 since 2009. few Chinese netizens have helped spread reports of self-immolations by Tibetans online and expressed their concern by posting comments on social media websites like Twitter. Chinese human ri


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


For the last several years there has been a significant increase in the number of Tibetans, both in Tibet and in exile, embracing the Internet and social media world, not only for social interaction but also to voice their feelings on various developments, environmental destruction, militarization, cultural genocide and for communicating about campaigns.

This was particularly relevant in 2008 during the mass demonstrations in Tibet, when Internet played an imperative role in the communication of information. Similarly, in exile, The CTA, and different Tibetan activists and NGOs (non-government organizations) all use the Internet and social media platforms to create international awareness about deteriorating situation of Tibet

For the last several years there has been a significant increase in the number of Tibetans, both in Tibet and in exile, embracing the Internet and social media world, not only for social interaction but also to voice their feelings on various developments, environmental destruction, militarization,


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Yes that is true and much welcomed to see, however a flute is only as good as the tune being played..in that sense we need to remember that what's sorely needed is a global digital campaign that stands with the cause being so bravely waged by Tibetans in occupied Tibet. Why? Well if you look at efforts thus far to 'internationalize' the Tibetan movement it is evident that the true cause of Tibet, waged by the courageous Tibetans inside occupied Tibet, is being callously ignored and marginalized in favor of promoting an orthodoxy that would consign Tibetans to a dangerous and uncertain fate under Chinese rule
Yes that is true and much welcomed to see, however a flute is only as good as the tune being played..in that sense we need to remember that what's sorely needed is a global digital campaign that stands with the cause being so bravely waged by Tibetans in occupied Tibet. Why? Well if you look at effo


Wangyal , Journalist, activist Oct, 08 2016


That is completely on the spot. It's been a trade-off really. The need to internationalize was imperative in the beginning, but as that has gained momentum, the true plight of the Tibetans in Tibet has become sidelined.


Lobsang Tsering , Fighting for Free Tibet. Oct, 08 2016


Arent these voices too scattered as of now. How to amplify remains the problem? Isn't it?


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


The internet enables diverse voices to have a platform, a good thing, meanwhile what counts is this...is the voice we use in solidarity with the Tibetans inside Tibet? Does it honor their cause? Does it resound in solidarity with their just demand for Tibet's national independence?


Wangyal , Journalist, activist Oct, 08 2016


tibettruth That's a very pertinent point. I see you've contributed heavily, would you mind giving a conclusion at the end of this page? I just logged in and it's great to see how long this thread is :)


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Can do that, however it maybe that others may wish to sum up the discussion.


Shiv Sharma , Passion leaves a trace. Oct, 08 2016


tibettruth You can write the conclusion. It's open for all participants. We will be curating it later on :)


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Shiv, here's the conclusion posted previously...

The views expressed by all fellow contributors here have shown a genuine concern that Tibet, its cause and people should be supported with integrity, awareness and dedication. It's wonderful to see the sense of solidarity for Tibet and its true cause, there exists clearly much sympathy and support for Tibet. However to conclude we would suggest that while a unified cyber campaign for Tibet is a positive ideal it has to go beyond just being a channel for information. While news and data on on human rights is important, it is insufficient without the willingness of the observer to move from reaction to action, that is the challenge!

Shiv, here's the conclusion posted previously... The views expressed by all fellow contributors here have shown a genuine concern that Tibet, its cause and people should be supported with integrity, awareness and dedication. It's wonderful to see the sense of solidarity for Tibet and its true cause,


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Did compose one, hope it's on your system


Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to Oct, 08 2016


Tenzin Dalha Tenzin Lekshay tibettruth Penpa Tseten Enlightened-Monk Lobsang gelek lobsang tseten what is your take on the middle-way approach? Is it a realistic compromise or counterproductive for the struggle?


Lobsang Tsering , Fighting for Free Tibet. Oct, 08 2016


Sonam Khurana you should watch this



tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Here is our take on the so-called Middle Way...


Lobsang Tsering , Fighting for Free Tibet. Oct, 08 2016


can you elaborate tibettruth


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Did the image not upload? Let's try again...


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


I have long believed that the idea in itself is commendable and idealistic. However, structurally flawed.


Wangyal , Journalist, activist Oct, 08 2016


Enlightened-Monk on what basis do you call it flawed?


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 09 2016


a constitutional demand from nonconstitutional state (without any demand for structural changes) is flawed.


Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to Oct, 08 2016


Structurally flawed how?


Shantanu Kothuri , Proud BITSian, [email protected] Oct, 08 2016


Lobsang gelek Penpa Tseten tibettruth Tenzin Dalha Don't you guys think that tibetan freedom movement lacks heroes and role models to inspire coming tibetan generations Lobsang gelek lobsang tseten Enlightened-Monk


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


In my personal opinion we didn't lack any heroes and role models to inspire coming Tibetan Generation. His Honliness is the great epitome of role model for us and all sentient being. Hundred thousands of Tibetan unsung hero's had sacrifice their lives for the cause of our Nation and people since from Chinese invasion. We shouldn't go in-vain their sacrifice, they are the source of inspirations for many Tibetans to keep their spirit alive. I look upon them and desperately need contribute to our larger community.
In my personal opinion we didn't lack any heroes and role models to inspire coming Tibetan Generation. His Honliness is the great epitome of role model for us and all sentient being. Hundred thousands of Tibetan unsung hero's had sacrifice their lives for the cause of our Nation and people since fro


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


There are so many heroes inside occupied Tibet. Take these word from a brave Tibetan nomad who was torture to death in 2014

" I am determined to sacrifice my life. But for the sake of our own people, even if I lose this love and affection, I will have no regrets. I am an ordinary nomad who loves his people, so I am willing to do anything for my people. I might lose this bony and haggard body that has suffered brutal pain and torture inflicted out of sheer hatred, I still will not have any regrets" Goshul Lobsang 2014
There are so many heroes inside occupied Tibet. Take these word from a brave Tibetan nomad who was torture to death in 2014" I am determined to sacrifice my life. But for the sake of our own people, even if I lose this love and affection, I will have no regrets. I am an ordinary nomad who loves his


Shantanu Kothuri , Proud BITSian, [email protected] Oct, 08 2016


tibettruth I am sorry if I demeaned the struggle of people sacrificing. What I meant was an aspirational figure for children to look upto.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


No offense taken :)

inspiration lies in the sacrifice, bravery and dedication which each day can be seen in the struggle waged inside Tibet. It comes too from culture, parents love and awareness of national and cultural idenity, SUch are vital, especially when living in exile.


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Tibetan freedom movement has, in my opinion, an abundance of role model (often overarching ones)--so the problem is not the lack of but in identifying what kind of role model does the next generation needs?


by the way how do you tag people :)?



Shantanu Kothuri , Proud BITSian, [email protected] Oct, 08 2016


type @ then write the name in the space given


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Shantanu Kothuri thank you, you added an extra knowledge to this "all knowing person type" :)


Shantanu Kothuri , Proud BITSian, [email protected] Oct, 08 2016


haha, i enlightened an enlightened monk. It's a good feeling :)


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 08 2016


Tenzin Dalha What is the exact condition of Larung Gar? Many different sources propagate different scenarios. Sir, do you have any concrete details?


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Tenzin that question is not related to the topic of this discussion.


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Why not so? Treatment of Larung Gar is the biggest threat to our culture right now. Lack of information only propagates lack of action


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Penpa Tsetan the exact condition of Larung Gar is everyone's concern. So far what i have learnt is Monastic leaders at Larung Gar have urged the institute’s monks and nuns not to resist the destruction of their homes, claims the work was to renovate rather than remove the buildings. In reality it comes under cultural genocide as well as several suicide report are came out from Tibet.
Penpa Tsetan the exact condition of Larung Gar is everyone's concern. So far what i have learnt is Monastic leaders at Larung Gar have urged the institute’s monks and nuns not to resist the destruction of their homes, claims the work was to renovate rather than remove the buildings. In reality i


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Thank you Tenzin Dalha sir. I'm not sure if the actions of ICT, SFT or other such organizations are making any difference. If we lose Larung Gar, it would be a huge blow to our struggle.


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


The connectivity that internet and social media has throughout the globalized world has assisted Tibetans in Tibet to break the psychological barrier of fear by helping many to connect and share information. It has given people in Tibet the knowledge and understanding that they are not alone in their struggle against occupation and injustice.

Social networks have for the first time provided individuals and activists alike an opportunity to quickly disseminate information with rise of Citizen Journalist inside Tibet and China despite the strict Chinese ban of vising International journalists, reporters and researchers. They send pictures and videos while understanding the imminent threats attached to their actions. Today, social media has become a powerful unifying factor for the diverse Tibetan diaspora.

The connectivity that internet and social media has throughout the globalized world has assisted Tibetans in Tibet to break the psychological barrier of fear by helping many to connect and share information. It has given people in Tibet the knowledge and understanding that they are not alone in thei


Shantanu Kothuri , Proud BITSian, [email protected] Oct, 08 2016


Isn't internet completely closed for non Chinese websites?


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Internet is not completely closed for non Chinese websites. With Twitter and Facebook blocked in China, the stream of information from Chinese domestic social media provides more details under the influence of active censorship.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Shantanu, our website is reported by the Los Angeles Times as being banned by the Chinese regime. We take that as a compliment! :)


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Hahaha way to go! Proud of you guys :)


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Jamphel, the least we can do ;)


Lobsang gelek , Vice President of Delhi University Tibetan St Oct, 08 2016


The situation inside Tibet is worse, recently, I met a mont who came from Lhasa capital city of Tibet and he said " china has banned the photo of Dalai Lama in Lhasa, if you caught with photo of Dalai Lama, then you have to go to jail because of supporting for separatist, they consider Dalai Lama is a separatist but in reality Dalai Lama is always seeking for the genuine autonomy with the frame work of Chinese constitution, neither repression and no separation from china.
The situation inside Tibet is worse, recently, I met a mont who came from Lhasa capital city of Tibet and he said " china has banned the photo of Dalai Lama in Lhasa, if you caught with photo of Dalai Lama, then you have to go to jail because of supporting for separatist, they consider Dalai Lama i


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


and meanwhile the oppressed people of occupied Tibet are hoping for and demanding not autonomy BUT national independence. Here lies the major challenge in assembling a unified internet effort for Tibet!


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Very true. No more compromises. We have to go all-in for that. China doesn't believe in compromises, such an approach can't work with them on any level.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Indeed!


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 08 2016


Agreed. Social media has become the only way we get to know anything really. If it weren't for social media and the awareness generated internationally, China would've wiped out our culture by now, through whatever means necessary


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Indeed it has, and respect to those courageous Tibetans inside occupied Tibet who take genuine risks to their lives for sharing such information and images to the wider world, of the tyranny they endure under and illegal and violent Chinese rule


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


For example this forum has adopted the notion of a digital 'army'. Extending that not entirely suitable military theme, without singularity of purpose, planning, resourcing and action even an armchair general will caution that under such a circumstance the prospect of advancement is greatly reduced.

Inevitably such thinking introduces a fraught and challenging issue that continues to cast a troubling shadow over the wider Tibetan movement. Namely what exactly is it that's being campaigned for?
For example this forum has adopted the notion of a digital 'army'. Extending that not entirely suitable military theme, without singularity of purpose, planning, resourcing and action even an armchair general will caution that under such a circumstance the prospect of advancement is greatly reduced.


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 08 2016


I somehow felt triggered by the term 'army'. For too long we've been too dormant and docile. We need something to stir the blood. China won't stop at anything, they don't shy away from operating on a military level, why must we? China's biggest weapon is our own lack of retaliation.


Akshat Rao , Junior Scientist at BARC, Trying Awaremonk. Oct, 08 2016


Aren't Tibets themselves divided. One on Dalai Lama side and one on the other. Don't they need to unite first before uniting anyone else through internet revolution.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


What's sorely needed is a global digital campaign that stands with the cause being so bravely waged by Tibetans in occupied Tibet. Why? Well if you look at efforts thus far to 'internationalize' the Tibetan movement it is evident that the true cause of Tibet, waged by the courageous Tibetans inside occupied Tibet, is being callously ignored and marginalized in favor of promoting an orthodoxy that would consign Tibetans to a dangerous and uncertain fate under Chinese rule
What's sorely needed is a global digital campaign that stands with the cause being so bravely waged by Tibetans in occupied Tibet. Why? Well if you look at efforts thus far to 'internationalize' the Tibetan movement it is evident that the true cause of Tibet, waged by the courageous Tibetans inside


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Let me put it this way--Tibetans are like any other human groups diverse and thus their ideas of future TIbet is not uniform (different from disunity)---Unity is in the purpose of decolonising Tibet (through different means).


Lobsang gelek , Vice President of Delhi University Tibetan St Oct, 08 2016


I think all the Tibetans inside and out side Tibet are already united, there united slogan was long live Dalai Lama.


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 08 2016


In terms of our core ideology, definitely.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Surely anyone who chooses to support Tibet needs to consider what is being demanded by Tibetans across Tibet itself, who are defying Chinese bullets, torture and prison NOT for autonomy but the just return of Tibetan national independence.


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 08 2016


Very true. the true focus of the struggle has become dispersed due to scattered international activism. Everybody associates their own perception to the whole scenario.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


That's right, so therefore... Inevitably such thinking introduces a fraught and challenging issue that continues to cast a troubling shadow over the wider Tibetan movement. Namely what exactly is it that's being campaigned for?


Feroz Khan , Social change enthusiast Oct, 08 2016


True. Too many differing objectives spoil the focus.


Sakshi Sharma , Freelancer Designer Oct, 08 2016


Are people demanding free tibet completely in sync with Dalai Lama?


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


The cause of Tibet, as recognized by the Dalai Lama, belongs to the Tibetan people, the vast majority of whom live in occupied Tibet. So support for Tibet, cyber or otherwise should really be asking itself if it is in accord with the struggle being waged there.


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Sorry, my button was suppose to be "disagree" :)


anyway, Tibetan movement in broader frame work fits the Dalai Lama's idea of future Tibet (self governing, free from internal and external oppression) but these ideals are persuaded by different TIbetan group in different ways--goal may be in sync but not the means (that is independent Tibet/autonomous)

Sorry, my button was suppose to be "disagree" :)anyway, Tibetan movement in broader frame work fits the Dalai Lama's idea of future Tibet (self governing, free from internal and external oppression) but these ideals are persuaded by different TIbetan group in different ways--goal may be in sync


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Today, an individual with a few clicks on the mouse can address the global audience through the net. In exile the usage of social media by Tibetans has dramatically increased as has their energetic involvement in various political and social issues. This vibrant community of individuals as well as activists has to a large extent helped draw international public attention in their favour.

If the Tibetans, scattered into active pockets of communities all over the world, could connect with each other and plan and organise activities in an effective and co-ordinated manner this could greatly increase awareness about Tibet and further raise the number of participants and supporters for the cause in general and certain campaigns in particular.

Today, an individual with a few clicks on the mouse can address the global audience through the net. In exile the usage of social media by Tibetans has dramatically increased as has their energetic involvement in various political and social issues. This vibrant community of individuals as well as a


Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 08 2016


I agree with you completely on how the efforts have tremendously increased awareness. But what for the next step? How to translate this awareness to action? I feel that international organizations such as ICT, SFT and Free Tibet should pool in their resources now. Running individual campaigns might be good for their publicity, but it's hampering the unified front that is needed.
I agree with you completely on how the efforts have tremendously increased awareness. But what for the next step? How to translate this awareness to action? I feel that international organizations such as ICT, SFT and Free Tibet should pool in their resources now. Running individual campaigns might


Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 08 2016


tibettruth How does a common Indian help though? For instance, I'm a college student based in Delhi. What can I do to help with digital activism, as you've put it? Enough of feeling bad and doing nothing, something needs to give.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Please think about this: A guiding principle in constructing an international digital campaign for Tibet should be founded upon the fact that the majority of internet users have very little detailed knowledge of Tibet, its location, history, culture or struggle for independence. In this important context education needs to be a main focus.
Please think about this: A guiding principle in constructing an international digital campaign for Tibet should be founded upon the fact that the majority of internet users have very little detailed knowledge of Tibet, its location, history, culture or struggle for independence. In this important co


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 08 2016


Indeed. There needs to be an online lecture platform disbursing knowledge about the Tibetan culture, practices, ideology and history. Only with proper awareness can we think of proper solutions.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Yes! We are engaged in such action but more is needed from fellow activists.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Because people need to awaken to the reality that China wages an un-sleeping digital war on the subject of Tibet, so any collective cyber effort for Tibet must expose and challenge the disinformation and propaganda of the Chinese regime, wherever and when ever it occurs, even within global media agencies.

Because people need to awaken to the reality that China wages an un-sleeping digital war on the subject of Tibet, so any collective cyber effort for Tibet must expose and challenge the disinformation and propaganda of the Chinese regime, wherever and when ever it occurs, even within global media ag


Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 08 2016


That is so well put! The Tibetan struggle doesn't just need activists and politicians. In the background it needs tech geeks and cyber security specialists. Consolidation and strengthening needs to be done on all levels.


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Indeed it does and we do our very best, as do a number of Anonymous activists too,


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Truly, in the era of Digital we need more tech geeks and Cyber security specialists. The Chinese government or others could take control of your computer.” there are many cases of hacking in and around Dharamsala


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Indeed sir. We've heard of hacking cases in Tibetan students studying in the UK!


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Jamphel you should go on Twitter and check out the following #Op_Tibet #teamriddler & of course @AnonymousTibet they do amazing work


Mohsin , I am here to engage in meaningful discussions Oct, 08 2016


The videos do make you think and ponder.


Sudhanshu , Live and let live Oct, 08 2016


I am wondering why has it not happened yet.

Tibetan monks have gone to the extent of self immolation and killing themselves to make the world know about their problems, Internet is a brilliant place to make people aware, gather support not just from Tibetans but from the world and mobilize the movement.

I am wondering why has it not happened yet. Tibetan monks have gone to the extent of self immolation and killing themselves to make the world know about their problems, Internet is a brilliant place to make people aware, gather support not just from Tibetans but from the world and mobilize the movem


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


It has begun and is gaining momentum, the challenge though relates to objectives in regards to assembling a singular and powerful cyber presence for Tibet


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Oct, 08 2016


Isn't anonymity the most important pre-requisite, especially in the infancy of such movements? A country such as China can easily flex their muscle and suppress activities. I feel petitions are more useful for 'action', since it inherently entails anonymity. Physical demonstrations might be the best bet for awareness, not so much for real action.
Isn't anonymity the most important pre-requisite, especially in the infancy of such movements? A country such as China can easily flex their muscle and suppress activities. I feel petitions are more useful for 'action', since it inherently entails anonymity. Physical demonstrations might be the best


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


It's up to the individual or organization, we operate anonymously, others choose a different route.


Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to Oct, 08 2016


What's your take on the potential trade-off? Does anonymity help to make you achieve goals or does the movement lose steam because of a lack of a face to rally to?


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


The Chinese authorities in Tibet have intensified measures to prevent information reaching the outside world about the self-immolations. Due to rise of Tibetan Citizen Journalism inside the information could reach spontaneously.


Sakshi Sharma , Freelancer Designer Oct, 08 2016


Major support for Tibetans need to come from China, which is completely closed and tibetan internet army won't be able to reach them. There is a reason that even self immolation news is not heard anywhere, in any sort of media or social media. I am not sure what will work.


Vikash Sharma , Student, FMS Oct, 08 2016


I have also heard that Chinese media has been portraying Dalai Lama as evil and as a CIG agent. Without internet liberal thoughts would not enter their boundaries to question whats taught to them.


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Growing voices of solidarity with Tibetans among Chinese netizens.

Since most Chinese are taught that Tibet is an inalienable part of China’s dark barbaric savage feudal hell on earth, now a days netizens are questioning the Chinese government’s policies, going to the extent of accusing Beijing of intentionally avoiding the problem in Tibet. They are growing voices of solidarity with Tibetans among Chinese.

Growing voices of solidarity with Tibetans among Chinese netizens. Since most Chinese are taught that Tibet is an inalienable part of China’s dark barbaric savage feudal hell on earth, now a days netizens are questioning the Chinese government’s policies, going to the extent of accusing Beijin


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Indeed China's regime specializes in disinformation and distortions, especially regarding Tibet.


Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 08 2016


It's strange that almost everyone recognizes this fact, yet they succeed. Is it just a case of a numerical advantage that they have in their propaganda? Say it so many times, through as many different sources- and you get to redefine the truth.


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Its all about propaganda and false allegation to brain washed Chinese netizen. Generally the emergence of Internet within the diaspora community has changed considerable development over a decade it also provides further avenues and possibilities for constructive public participation, information and knowledge sharing. Internet is widely credited in playing a major role in promoting awareness spontaneously.
Its all about propaganda and false allegation to brain washed Chinese netizen. Generally the emergence of Internet within the diaspora community has changed considerable development over a decade it also provides further avenues and possibilities for constructive public participation, information an


Jay Liu , I've been told I am Chinese Oct, 08 2016


Chinese people are not in support of Tibet because they know the truth, internet army will not help them because the truth is know to us. Let me tell you why they are evil


1.) They make things with human skin and skeletons, it is cruel and evil.

2.) The monks enslave the Tibetan people and even kill them brutely, if this is not evil, tell me what really is.

3.) Besides, they encourage the women and the children to suicide, isn't it a crime?

4.) Europe suffered in the dark middle age, repeat it in modern Tibet is inhuman.

For those who argue about religious freedom, it is not about religion, it is about innocent lives.


Here are two books about Modern Tibet history and the monk:

1.Melvyn C.Goldstein: The Demise of the Lamaist State

2.A History of Modern Tibet: 1931-1951


Here is a link about types of tangka, among which human skin tangka included:

Types of Thangkas | Modern Buddhist Fellowship

Chinese people are not in support of Tibet because they know the truth, internet army will not help them because the truth is know to us. Let me tell you why they are evil 1.) They make things with human skin and skeletons, it is cruel and evil. 2.) The monks enslave the Tibetan people and even kil


Shantanu Kothuri , Proud BITSian, [email protected] Oct, 08 2016


But, one thing, I can't understand is what right China has to invade a foreign country and still it's people are so ignorant, they support it. Tibet was more closely related with India compared to China. Even, Tibet has its own devanagiri script. But, still India didn't Invade tibet. But, china being a distant stranger to Tibetan culture, apart from buddhism invaded it and started claiming it as its own. This is utterly ridiculous by China. Even, if China thinks Tibetan monks are horrible, they can put a case in international court of arbitration. Instead, they occupied an independent nation. Also, almost all tibetian monks are living in India by now. They, have their own tibetian government in exile from India, dharmasala. If they performed any practices as you claimed, they would be behind bars by now in India. But, there is no such practices happening in dharmasala and people from all over the world visit dharmasala. Your claims are false. It is Chinese propaganda material as usual
But, one thing, I can't understand is what right China has to invade a foreign country and still it's people are so ignorant, they support it. Tibet was more closely related with India compared to China. Even, Tibet has its own devanagiri script. But, still India didn't Invade tibet. But, china bein


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Shantanu Kothuri It's a classic colonial discourse--dehumanising and disenfranchising its colonial subject !

I am sure India as a post-colonial state is aware of such colonial claims !



Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to Oct, 08 2016


Definitely see your point. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the British practices!


Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 08 2016


Tenzin Dalha Tenzin Lekshay tibettruth Enlightened-Monk I'm at a loss for words! Any facts to refute such disgusting claims?


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Ashima, please see our post: https://tibettruth.com/2011/01/30/memo-to-chinas-useful-idiots/


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Ashima, book is criticl (some I think for right reason) of Tibetan traditional society but nowhere does it mentions such facts. (Remem human skeletons are used in many tantric rituals (even in India) but these are not made out of killing people but dead ones--reminder of impermanence).


If you ever get to read the book, do so its good but also read a fascinating review by one of TIbetan scholar


http://www.jamyangnorbu.com/blog/2008/07/19/black-annals-goldstein-the-negation-of-tibetan-history-part-i-tris/

Ashima, book is criticl (some I think for right reason) of Tibetan traditional society but nowhere does it mentions such facts. (Remem human skeletons are used in many tantric rituals (even in India) but these are not made out of killing people but dead ones--reminder of impermanence).If you ever ge


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 08 2016


Thanks for the link!


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Ha ha both are same book (so please get your basic fact correct) and I assure you, that it doesn't contain the info you outlined (I have read it 2 times :P)


Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 08 2016


Niiice :D
Jay Liu 50 cent party eh?


Wangyal , Journalist, activist Oct, 08 2016


Hahaahah


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Agree on an aspect that major changes need to be brought from within, but in a closed society like China, internet has today become both a tool for control/scrutiny and also tools for resistance---People are using these tools to actively disseminate information that is threatening to the regime. A regime whose very foundation is based on information control--Internet infiltration poses one of the biggest challenge--more and more people are crossing the "great firewall"
Agree on an aspect that major changes need to be brought from within, but in a closed society like China, internet has today become both a tool for control/scrutiny and also tools for resistance---People are using these tools to actively disseminate information that is threatening to the regime. A r


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Oct, 08 2016


Is there no organization providing cyber security to Tibetans? In the current age, China can do the most damage through such routes. I read that Tibet Action Institute has taken this up. Has there been any improvement?


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Vikram, from our own digital activism we have seen some excellent work being done in support of Tibet from a number of anonymous projects.


Sakshi Sharma , Freelancer Designer Oct, 08 2016


Exactly so how does one use internet to bring about a change for Tibetan cause?


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


Here is but one thought on your question. A guiding principle in constructing an international digital campaign for Tibet should be founded upon the fact that the majority of internet users have very little detailed knowledge of Tibet, its location, history, culture or struggle for independence. In this important context education needs to be a main focus.
Here is but one thought on your question. A guiding principle in constructing an international digital campaign for Tibet should be founded upon the fact that the majority of internet users have very little detailed knowledge of Tibet, its location, history, culture or struggle for independence. In


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


While I do not have any ready-made answer to this question but one of the most common and expected answer would be--to create awareness on Tibet issue or counter China's hegemony. I know awareness in itself will not get translated into active support but I believe it is a kind of what Gramsci calls "war of position"--resisting State's hegemony in the ideological/cultural domain. That's where battle needs to be won !
While I do not have any ready-made answer to this question but one of the most common and expected answer would be--to create awareness on Tibet issue or counter China's hegemony. I know awareness in itself will not get translated into active support but I believe it is a kind of what Gramsci calls


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Oct, 08 2016


The Tibetans are doing an unbelievable job of resisting State's hegemony in the cultural domain. After such brutal acts of oppression, they're still sticking to their beliefs and carrying out their struggle in a non-violent way. Although, I feel that Tibetans in exile, especially in India, shy away from interacting with other people. Is it not so that there is a desperate need to form an alliance with anyone who's sympathetic to their cause? It seems like China has won on this level, by impacting the psyche of the Tibetan populace to such a level that they've withdrawn into their shells.
The Tibetans are doing an unbelievable job of resisting State's hegemony in the cultural domain. After such brutal acts of oppression, they're still sticking to their beliefs and carrying out their struggle in a non-violent way. Although, I feel that Tibetans in exile, especially in India, shy away


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


I though theoretically agree that Tibetan needs to desperately form alliance with any interested/supporting group but on a practical level (as a Tibetan myself)--forming an allinace is often not an option for us--with such a diverse Indian political landscape, we risk offending one group or the other (and as a stateless person we cannot often effort it). Right use/"support" Tibet and Left ignores Tibet---Tibetans has least option to bandwagon
I though theoretically agree that Tibetan needs to desperately form alliance with any interested/supporting group but on a practical level (as a Tibetan myself)--forming an allinace is often not an option for us--with such a diverse Indian political landscape, we risk offending one group or the othe


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Oct, 08 2016


Around 140 self-immolations in Tibet, these are just the reported numbers. Such a gut-wrenching act and still no sign of stopping. I don't mean to offend anyone, but have these actions made a difference in the way Chinese governance has modified its practices? What is the real picture?


Rajshekhar , student at BITS goa. I am here to learn. Oct, 08 2016


This is a brilliant thing to discuss, I have been to Dharamshala several times and thought what can be done to contribute to Free Tibet movement.

I surely can contribute being an internet warrior.



Ishita Nangia , Not it. Oct, 08 2016


Tenzin Dalha I heard you're a visiting fellow at TPI. What sort of policy level enforcement is possible to make the lives of Tibetans better not only in Tibet, but also in exile?


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Earlier I am visiting research fellow at TPI but currently I am engaged in full time research work at TPI. Basically we are political refugee in diaspora so our ultimate goal is collaboratively working hard on our concerned Tibet Issues for instance escalation of recent Tibetan self immolation, demolition of religious institution by Chinese inside Tibet, deterioration of human rights etc. Implementing and enforcement of policy regarding lives of Tibetan better in exile is minor issue.
Earlier I am visiting research fellow at TPI but currently I am engaged in full time research work at TPI. Basically we are political refugee in diaspora so our ultimate goal is collaboratively working hard on our concerned Tibet Issues for instance escalation of recent Tibetan self immolation, demo


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Exile is the mirror what tomorrow's Tibet, atleast for many Tibetans, would look like. Not a Minor issues !


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Exactly we are hopes for the hopeless and voice for the voiceless. Since inside Tibet the intense scrutiny policy implemented and contril of the regime. The lives of people are constant in fear and desperate


Arushi Singh , Here to become a monk :) Oct, 08 2016


Why is Indian media or international media not covering it widely? is it afraid of China or is issue not TRP worthy?


Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Indian Media and International Media wants to cover up the stories but due to the Chinese restrictions reporters, Journalist and researchers are prohibit to visit Tibet. Those who are allowed are need to follow with their norms and regulation and they are watch behind constantly


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Besides lack of media interest--I think, pure skecpticism though not without any basis, there is some top down policy direction from the state when it comes to certain sensitive issues in Tibet. I feel that Indian state is not very positive in kindling TIbet issue among its public--that is maintaining status-quo--just being able to use it against China as a card (but not whole heartedly).
Besides lack of media interest--I think, pure skecpticism though not without any basis, there is some top down policy direction from the state when it comes to certain sensitive issues in Tibet. I feel that Indian state is not very positive in kindling TIbet issue among its public--that is main


tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 08 2016


That may well be the case, but to truly take advantage of the internet in terms of advancing the cause of Tibet's just national freedom, we should take control of our own reportage and not rely upon mainstream media or governments. After such bodies have agendas and often either ignore or misrepresent the issue of Tibet. In conclusion then citizen journalism/activism is a way forward.
That may well be the case, but to truly take advantage of the internet in terms of advancing the cause of Tibet's just national freedom, we should take control of our own reportage and not rely upon mainstream media or governments. After such bodies have agendas and often either ignore or misreprese


Sakshi Sharma , Freelancer Designer Oct, 08 2016


I just disagree with this statement "I feel that Indian state is not very positive in kindling TIbet issue among its public"

India and Indians have been in full support of Tibetans. We share a very similar culture and hence our hearts goes out to those in pain.

I have even heard stories of how Indian army helped Tibetans and Dalai Lama safetly reach in India in 1959

I just disagree with this statement "I feel that Indian state is not very positive in kindling TIbet issue among its public" India and Indians have been in full support of Tibetans. We share a very similar culture and hence our hearts goes out to those in pain.I have even heard stories of how Indian


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


Sakshi Sharma, i am inclined to differentiate between state and its people---otherwise what you say is true for the people of India.


popular support often puts state's in a difficult position.



Shantanu Kothuri , Proud BITSian, [email protected] Oct, 08 2016


Enlightened-Monk why do you think state is not with Tibetan cause ?


Enlightened-Monk , All knowing person type... Oct, 08 2016


state in general (from the realism point of view) are self--interested and in the case of India want to have amicable/ or at least nonconfrontational relationship with China and its neighbouring countries. It wouldn't for any moral or historical reason let Tibetan be a thorn in its way.


State has played up and down Tibet issue historically.


When Tibetans first came to India as exile (it was surely both popular indian support and Nehru's moral conviction), it was a liability for Indian state, thus it has restricted international media's access to Tibetan exile group and the Dalai Lama and sent the govt to a distant/isolated location of Dharamsala. however, in the post sino-Indian war of 1962, it has played it up (made Tibetan guerilla army cadre numbering 10,000--still serving India). however, once again post Sino-Indian reporachment (in early 1980s)--Tibetans has once agin become a liability.


this is from the point of view of state, not Indian people. state has no moral reasoning but its people has--often it tries to control/channelise its people opinion towards the direct it deems benificial.

state in general (from the realism point of view) are self--interested and in the case of India want to have amicable/ or at least nonconfrontational relationship with China and its neighbouring countries. It wouldn't for any moral or historical reason let Tibetan be a thorn in its way. State has pl



Conclusion

Tenzin Dalha , Tibetan Oct, 08 2016


Internet and social media has changed the way that Tibetan people interacted and outreach with Chinese netizens by providing unprecedented opportunities for a two way dialogue and interaction, additionally people use smart phone to follow the news and information so it becomes like a communication bridge between the lives of Tibetan people inside Tibet and in diaspora

Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to proactiveness Oct, 08 2016


As per tibettruth- Here is but one thought on your question. A guiding principle in constructing an international digital campaign for Tibet should be founded upon the fact that the majority of internet users have very little detailed knowledge of Tibet, its location, history, culture or struggle for independence. In this important context education needs to be a main focus. There needs to be a global online lecture platform where interested individuals, irrespective of their nationality, can vie lectures on Tibetan culture, practices, heritage and history. Proper awareness is a key component to counter China's propaganda of misinformation and in turn, strengthen the struggle.

tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national independence Oct, 08 2016


The views expressed by all fellow contributors here have shown a genuine concern that Tibet, its cause and people should be supported with integrity, awareness and dedication. It's wonderful to see the sense of solidarity for Tibet and its true cause, there exists clearly much sympathy and support for Tibet. However to conclude we would suggest that while a unified cyber campaign for Tibet is a positive ideal it has to go beyond just being a channel for information. While news and data on on human rights is important, it is insufficient without the willingness of the observer to move from reaction to action, that is the challenge!