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Tibet

Community to discuss Tibet issue in detail. Bringing out the problems faced and seeking solutions and support.

SFT-India , Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in soli Sep, 23 2016

International Seminar | Damming Crisis in Tibet: Threat to Water Security in Asia


Did you know that the very rivers upon which nearly 2 billion Asians depend for survival - Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, Salween, Yellow, Yangtze, Mekong - all flow out of the Tibetan Plateau? Our collective water lifelines are under attack by China's fast-paced hydropower projects.

S.N Raman , learning, hope to be more aware :) PhD schola Sep, 23 2016


It is interesting to know that China might be trying to divert the flow of Brahmaputra at the big turn. It must be diverted it to flood prone areas in China, is India doing anything about it?

We already know when they were building fans on Brahmaputra and Hamid Ansari interpreted all we got was 15 days

It is interesting to know that China might be trying to divert the flow of Brahmaputra at the big turn. It must be diverted it to flood prone areas in China, is India doing anything about it?We already know when they were building fans on Brahmaputra and Hamid Ansari interpreted all we got was 15 da


Tempa Tseten , Student of history, D.U Sep, 23 2016


India welcomed us and we are grateful. But always supported China saying Tibet is an integral part of China.

This is the right time to raise Tibet issue, when China is supporting a terrorist country



Lobsang , Tibetan student Sep, 23 2016


How can we engage more Tibetans here and make it a movement. I see a lot of Indian youth participating here, can they help us reach out more people


Ashima Singh , Exploring Sep, 23 2016


Thanks for raising this Lobsang. It's imperative for Tibetan and Indian youth to work together in equal capacity. Hopefully awaremonk and SFT will play a role to bring those two groups together.


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Sep, 23 2016


Ashima it's great to see such engagement from you. The Tibetan pain runs long and deep, one that causes cynicism. Hopefully with the new generation we can bridge the communication gap between us and the Indians


Shehnavaz Ahmed , Understanding world through the lens of Qur'a Sep, 23 2016


3rd world war is going to be around water, is this the starting?


Vijay Arur , Sep, 23 2016


China has never consulted lower riparian states before undertaking dam construction upstream, although dam-building is considered a trans-border water issue. China has not ratified the UN Convention on Non-Navigable Use of International Watercourses (1997). In rejecting this 1997 United Nations convention that lays down rules on shared water resources, Beijing asserted its claim that an upstream power has the right to assert absolute territorial sovereignty over the waters on its side of the international boundary or the right to divert as much water as it wishes for its needs, irrespective of the effects on a downriver state.

China has never consulted lower riparian states before undertaking dam construction upstream, although dam-building is considered a trans-border water issue. China has not ratified the UN Convention on Non-Navigable Use of International Watercourses (1997). In rejecting this 1997 United Nations conv


manoj , Sep, 23 2016


Chinese dam construction and water diversion projects in Tibet no doubt have, and will continue to have, significant detrimental effects downstream. Opposition to dams built upstream, however, is not universal. Some countries, such as Thailand, have vested interests in China’s hydropower production. Thailand purchases 3000 megawatts of power generated by Chinese dams. Economic interaction between the countries through which a river flows complicates the issue of transboundary river negotiations and muddies the waters for future food and water security.

Chinese dam construction and water diversion projects in Tibet no doubt have, and will continue to have, significant detrimental effects downstream. Opposition to dams built upstream, however, is not universal. Some countries, such as Thailand, have vested interests in China’s hydropower productio


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Sep, 23 2016


I think Mr. Tanasak can answer this question properly.


Lobsang Tsering , Fighting for Free Tibet. Sep, 23 2016


If Tibet dries, Asia dies. But are Asian countries even considering to fight against this?


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Sep, 23 2016


There's just acknowledgement, no action or even attempts.


Suhani Singh , Inquisitive snobbish arrogant. I am Golum and Sep, 23 2016


The Yangtze River on which the Three Gorges Dam has been built is a huge source of waters. Brahmaputra River could be afflicted by the same problems that the Yangtze has been over the past few years. This would affect India and Bangladesh directly. Accusations have also been levelled against China for flash floods in Arunachal Pradesh in the past, which were supposedly caused by a breach in the upstream dam in Tibet that raised the level of the Brahmaputra by more than thirty metres. Similarly, Himachal Pradesh has also been affected allegedly by Chinese dam-building activities in the form of floods in 2000, 2001 and 2005.

The Yangtze River on which the Three Gorges Dam has been built is a huge source of waters. Brahmaputra River could be afflicted by the same problems that the Yangtze has been over the past few years. This would affect India and Bangladesh directly. Accusations have also been levelled against China f


Feroz Khan , Social change enthusiast Sep, 23 2016


SFT India, kindly let me know how to engage with your organisation in a productive manner. Would love to be a part of such online discussions in the future as well. Some highly educative presentations.


Tenzin Tselha , I was born to a Tibetan refugee family in La Oct, 04 2016


Hello Feroz,

I am Tenzin Tselha, Will surely send more updates on some of the important online discussion, Please follow our website, sftindia.org and studentsforafreetibet.org


Thank You



Mayank , Sep, 23 2016


That zone is a seismic zone, and seismic activity combined with the concentration of dam construction on the Tibetan plateau could have catastrophic effects if an earthquake causes a dam to fail, creating a domino effect, as a surge of water collapses cascades of dams further downstream. The course of the Mekong and Salween rivers flow over active fault lines, making such events a legitimate concern. Given the intensity of dam construction in this region, there is an urgent need for independent assessment and public oversight over hydropower construction plans and seismic risks. However, public access to information about dam construction plans is still limited.

That zone is a seismic zone, and seismic activity combined with the concentration of dam construction on the Tibetan plateau could have catastrophic effects if an earthquake causes a dam to fail, creating a domino effect, as a surge of water collapses cascades of dams further downstream. The course


Feroz Khan , Social change enthusiast Sep, 23 2016


Mr. Shahidul thanks a lot for such a stunning medley of photos! With the excruciating pain and coverage of the Tibetan strife, the beauty and simplicity of their country and lifestyle almost goes unnoticed. Such happy photos add to the contrast and the dire need to save the Tibetan habitat and culture.
Mr. Shahidul thanks a lot for such a stunning medley of photos! With the excruciating pain and coverage of the Tibetan strife, the beauty and simplicity of their country and lifestyle almost goes unnoticed. Such happy photos add to the contrast and the dire need to save the Tibetan habitat and cultu


Kabir Narang , BITSian '07 Sep, 23 2016


Mr. Milap, thanks for an informative presentation. I read that you're from JNU, just wanted to know what the student engagement is in the university regarding this issue and the general Tibetan issue?


Ishita Nangia , Not it. Sep, 23 2016


This is to all panelists- this is hugely informative and eye opening. In your collective knowledge and experience, what do you think that the distant masses, such as people like me in Mumbai, can do to better the condition? It's sad that such a grave issue is something I knew nothing about.


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Sep, 23 2016


Jyotsna, it's refreshing to know about the collaborative effort with TISS Guwahati for the banner show. Can you let us know what other initiatives can be undertaken with other colleges in the country? Would love to see if we can contribute to such acts to raise awareness


Ashima Singh , Exploring Sep, 23 2016


Tanasak, it's highly unfortunate, the state of the Mekong river and its fall from glory. Is there any way to stop the rot and hopefully restore some of its stature? Kindly let us know if there's something we can do as Indian students for the cause.


Ashima Singh , Exploring Sep, 23 2016


Jyotsna thanks a lot for showing us videos of the protests. In very rational, maybe insensitive terms I want to ask you if these protests ever serve a purpose? Seeing the military supervision and how that must always be a given during such protests, how effective is the concept of having physical protests?
Jyotsna thanks a lot for showing us videos of the protests. In very rational, maybe insensitive terms I want to ask you if these protests ever serve a purpose? Seeing the military supervision and how that must always be a given during such protests, how effective is the concept of having physical pr


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Sep, 23 2016


Tanasak highlighted neoliberalism in his presentation. Can you please explain it better? And how really it fits in with the Mekong river and the bigger debate around Tibet?


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Sep, 23 2016


Mr. Tanasak says that Thai companies are facing difficulties in making dams due to the local NGOs. My question is, are these companies pressured by Chinese companies/authorities or do they act of their own personal interests? If it's their own interests, how are the Chinese responsible.


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Sep, 23 2016


The Chinese government not only doesn't care for Tibet or the neighbouring countries, they care very little for their own people. For them the trade off for building dams at the cost of human lives is hugely acceptable.


Kabir Narang , BITSian '07 Sep, 23 2016


Very true. It's a highly dictatorial regime filled with tyranny.


Arushi Singh , Here to become a monk :) Sep, 23 2016


Mr. Tempa said the damming practices increase the risk of earthquakes in the Tibetan plateau. Will the damage not be felt the most by China due to the proximity? Or will it be felt most by downstream countries?


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Sep, 23 2016


The trickle down impact will be huge for downstream countries.


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Sep, 23 2016


The impact will be felt most by Tibet, not just due to the proximity but also lack of vegetation cover- again a consequence of China's practices.


Lobsang Tsering , Fighting for Free Tibet. Sep, 23 2016


Will this seminar happen on Awaremonk, or is it happening somewhere else? I will like to be a part of it.


Shiv Sharma , Passion leaves a trace. Sep, 23 2016


The seminar is physically taking place at India International Center (IIC) today, from 2 PM to 5 PM. This page will have the live online coverage of the event and the discussions around the topic.


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 22 2016


A very pertinent discussion, the water wars are descending upon us. and this is very political, about power and control not just over nature but also over other countries. Why is China able to get away with anything ?