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Opinion: Avatar's Pandora is Tibet

January 28, 2010

by Tigiarya Taro
by mail
January 27, 2010

Avatar's Pandora is Tibet, once a peaceful nation
on the high plateau of Himalayan mountains. It
was also destroyed by time and greed.

Seeing Avatar movie, I can't help thinking this
is the exact replica of what has happened and is
happening in Tibet. Pandora is Tibet, Na'Vi --
Tibetans, and Colonel Quaritch and his team- the
People Liberation Army (PLA) of Communist China.

Tibet was a peaceful land situated to the West of
China and North of India. A God-king [Dalai Lama]
who abides by the Buddhist principle of
non-violence and compassion ruled the land. The
region was rich in nature, minerals and water
resources. These resources were left almost
unexploited by the natives because they lived by
the needs not by greed. Prosperity and inner joy
pervaded the land. When the world was busy with
industrial revolutions, World Wars, and external
material developments, Tibetan masters were busy
studying the inner spiritual essence of all
beings, promoting human value, atmosphere of peace and non-violence.

However, in 1950, driven by greed for the high
ground of Tibet and its rich natural resources,
Communist China invaded Tibet, they massacred
some 1.2 million people, razed the Tibetan
temples and monasteries, Tibet was thrown into
the world of blazing hell. The PLA army did what
the Colonel Quadric and his team did to the Navies.

But Tibet is a real life story. Tibetans are
still suffering under the oppressive Chinese
regime. Their leader, Dalai Lama is in exile, his
non-violent and peaceful approach to restore the
peaceful glory of Tibet has won him Nobel Peace
Prize but not Tibet. He is tirelessly
globetrotting appealing the international
community to support peace and freedom in Tibet.

Today, with the completion of railway lines into
Tibet, China is all out in stripping the
mountains and damming the rivers of Tibet with impunity.

I don't know if James Cameron had Tibet in mind
while making Avatar, but Pandora and Navi
represent the Tibetan situation. Avatar is set as
some occurrence in the coming centuries in a
small planet called Pandora. We don't need to
look far; we have a real Pandora right here in the heart of Asia, Tibet.

If the people who had seen Avatar want to see a
real Pandora, they should go to Tibet and save the land.

Avatar movie review: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/user/802848/reviews/
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