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Commentary: Honors with prejudice
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07:57, February 13, 2009

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The Dalai Lama has garnered quite a number of "honors" during his recent visit to Europe. On Monday, he received honorary citizenship in Rome. The next day, he became a honorary citizen of Venice before arriving in Germany to receive the German Media Prize.

However, all these so-called "honors" are unexceptionally biased in nature.

Conferring the honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama, Rome extreme-rightist Mayor Gianni Alemanno said the honor is a recognition of his "rejection of injustice and violence" and "defending the right of each of us to express our spirituality and culture."

The mayor also pledged his support for the Dalai Lama's struggle "to seek total autonomy for Tibet."

In Venice, mayor Massimo Cacciari praised "the intelligence with which the Dalai Lama has conducted his battle for the freedom and self-determination of Tibet."

The mayor said "we intend to show our support by giving you honorary citizenship."

However, the two mayors omitted the facts that before 1959, the Dalai Lama was the ruler of a hierachical regime in Tibet.

For 90 percent of the Tibetans, it was the Dalai Lama who adopted violence to keep them living in serfdom.

Melvyn Goldstein, a renowned U.S. expert on Tibet, said in his book The Demise of the Lamaist State that millions of serfs' hard work was almost totally used to support a small group of aristocrats and senior Lamas.

The Dalai Lama's life experience also shows that he has never "rejected violence and injustice."

In 1951, the central government signed a 17-article Agreement with the local government of Tibet, which marked the peaceful liberation of Tibet.

But the Dalai Lama fled his homeland in 1959 after leading a failed uprising and has lived in exile since then.

His statements and actions have already indicated he is still manipulating the so-called Tibetan government in exile and still takes restoration of the defunct "paradise" as his own responsibility.

The Dalai Lama also brought shame to his "titles" and "honors" by his dishonorable behavior.

On Tuesday, he told the local media in Venice that "there are only about 50 lamas in Lhasa now. Even several years ago, there were only 100 lamas (in Lhasa)." While there were "thousands of lamas" (in Lhasa) back in 1959, when Tibet's democratic reform began.

Such blatant claims, that in themselves are lies, can be easily debunked by any Italian who has ever visited Tibet or Lhasa.

Under the influence of biased reports, some Westerners regard the Dalai Lama as the symbol for "tolerance" and "compassion."

However, the so-called spiritual leader has fabricated a version of ethnic antagonism in China and has tried to arouse national hatred in the country.

On his arrival in Rome on Monday, Dalai Lama said: "There is a profound hatred between Tibetans and Chinese people" in Tibet, and cited it as his reasons for pursuing "complete autonomy for Tibet."

By saying that, he intentionally distorted the fact that the Tibetan nationality is one of the big family of ethnic groups in China.

Moreover, he also concocted a version of national hatred in China in total ignorance of the fact that all ethnic groups in the country, including the Tibetan people, are joining hands to seek common development and harmonious co-existence.

Can this fabricated hatred showcase his "compassion"?

Do the "honor givers" know the true features of the Dalai Lama? If they do not, they may look at the remarks by the master of media Keith Rupert Murdoch, who said the Dalai Lama is "an old political monk shuttling around the world in Gucci shoes."

To express political views and achieve political goals by granting the Dalai Lama "honorary" titles is a fruitless move, because Tibet affairs have a bearing on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the Chinese government and people would never change their stance on the issue.

Source: Xinhua



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