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"Too much global pressure on China won't help Tibetans"

September 7, 2010

MSN News
September 5, 2010

New Delhi, Sep. 5 (PTI) -- While Tibetan
activists around the world seek greater support
for their cause, the Shamarpa, the top monk of
one of the oldest Tibetan schools of Buddhism,
believes that too much international pressure on
China may only make things worse for the community.

According to the revered monk, who forms the
second line of reincarnation of Karma Kargyu
order of Tibetan Buddhism, emergence of China as
a strong power is a fact that Tibetans can do
nothing about, and should hence take steps
towards reconciliation, rather than pinning hopes on global support.

"Internationally, I don't think pressure is
good...China is becoming very powerful, and more
pressure will only explode things," the 14th
Shamarpa Mipham Chokyi Lodro, told PTI in an interview.

"Reconciliation is good," says the Shamarpa, the
holder of the traditional ''red crown'' of the Karmapa.

The Tibetan unrest has come up at the
international stage several times, and had become
a contentious issue during the 2008 Beijing
Olympics torch rally when Tibetan supporters
protested against China at several places around the world.

US President Barack Obama''s visit to China in
November last year had left disappointed many who
felt he could have used it to press for better human rights situation in Tibet.

However, the Shamarpa says, "there is hardly anything anybody can do about it".

While he does not advocate the antagonising of
China, the Shamarpa rues the fact that the
Tibetans in their own homeland feel a loss of identity and culture.

"The Chinese government spends a lot of money to
develop Tibet. However, the people feel they have lost their identity.

They don't have a cultural identity like
neighbouring people of Nepal and Bhutan do. This
is what they crave for," he says.

As people debate whether the Tibetan movement
runs the chance of turning violent once the Dalai
Lama is no more at the helm, the Shamarpa does not subscribe to the view.

"I don't think the movement will turn violent,
it''s obvious no result will come out of violence," he says.

China would do good to grant the demand of
autonomy, he says, but adds that he does not see
it coming in the near future. "To my
understanding, China does not trust Tibetans."

The Sharmapa Lamas have historically recognised
the Karmapa reincarnates. But the controversy
over the recognition of the 17th Karmapa and what
he calls the snatching away of the right from his
office, has also left him disappointed.

Since the death of 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe
Dorje in 1981, two candidates have been enthroned
and have been independently performing ceremonial duties of a Karmapa.

While Ogyen Trinley Dorje was recognised by the
Dalai Lama and the Chinese government, Trinley
Thaye Dorje has been endorsed by the Shamarpa.
The situation has led to deep divisions among
Kagyu followers all over the world and has now
even reached the Supreme Court of India.
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