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India's Double Standard On Tibet

June 17, 2008

Preeti Sharma (India)
June 15, 2008:

The recent explosion of violence in Tibet is like an eruption of
volcano, which the world very well knew. Tibetans waited for an
appropriate time to express their resentment, and what better time
than China's dream project coming true - the Olympics.

The protestors want to reach to all those who are eyeing the
Communist country's Olympic preparations.

Significantly, the violent protests were started by Buddhist monks on
March 10, 2008, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against
Chinese rule.

But will the protests change the face of Tibet, which is struggling
in 'captivity' of China, or will it be just another annual event?

China, as always, does not seem to budge much in the situation. The
authorities have deployed policemen all over Lhasa to keep the
protestors in check.

What is frustrating for the Tibetans is that they are not finding
enough support from the outside world. Even India, which has given
shelter to the exiled Tibet government since it was expelled by
China, has taken a middle ground and has acted tough against the
protesters on its land.

India has accepted Tibet as a part of China, and has not allowed the
Tibetan refugees to think otherwise. The protestors in Dharamshala,
who wanted to go across the border to reach their 'homeland', were
dealt harshly.

Now the question arises, can India live with the double standards?

It is true that in the race of matching shoulders with China, India
can not afford to consider Tibet while drafting foreign policy. But,
the Tibetans nevertheless need abundant support in their war for identity.
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