By Li Hongmei People's Daily Online
The 14th Dalai Lama has repeatedly stated as his 'consistent historical viewpoint' on many international occasions that on no account can history be changed, and it is not sincere to distort history for the political needs. But unfortunately, it is none other than 'His Holiness' himself who has habitually painted the broad historical canvas with political colors in an attempt to fulfill his political ambitions.
As expected, the Dalai Lama again put on his act playing the sensational and tear-jerking cards on Mar 10, the day which he and his group insist set yearly to commemorate the so-called 'Tibetan Uprising' against the Chinese rule; while in fact, it was on the day that his group's armed rebellion was foiled and the Dalai Lama himself fled Tibet half a century ago. To beg for compassion and support, he went to such great lengths as to twist history and mix up black and white of basic facts.
When addressing the rally summoned in his India-based 'government-in-exile', he not only tried desperately to prettify the failed armed rebellion 50 years ago to be a 'peaceful uprising,' but even concocted the alarmist talks saying 'China has launched a brutal crackdown in Tibet, Tibetan culture and identity are nearing extinction, and the Tibetan people are regarded like criminals, deserving to be put to death.'
As his favorite topics recurring year in year out and related almost at any of his public show, he reiterated the so-called 'Middle Way' strategy and, repeated the calls for 'significant Tibetan autonomy,' in essence an awkward disguise of secessionist attempts of the Dalai Lama group, who has long been coveting the vast territory of the Tibetan inhabited areas in China, size of a quarter of the country's land area. The Dalai Lama group's political appetite for 'Tibet Independence' by splitting China can be easily told in both their words and deeds.
In his 1987 remarks released in Now York, the Dalai Lama put forward 'five points' to promise a peaceful Tibet, in which he cast bargaining chips to open up talks with the central government: withdrawing the Chinese army out of Tibet and expelling the Han ethnic people out of the Tibetan region. Although he denied on later occasions he had made utterances of the kind, facts are facts, and that was by no means the first time he lied to the international community.
If there is still something much admired about the Dalai Lama, it will be his consummate craftsmanship, all embodied in the exhibits or pictures on display varying from the human skull-made drinking wares and human skinned-covered drums to the awesome Buddhist musical instruments made of shin bones. All this speaks for itself, sheds light on the Tibet history, and also reveals what Tibet was really like under his reign and what a sheer lie it is that he always brags that Tibet in his day was the 'paradise on earth.' By the strict hierarchic system, Tibet then might be his paradise but a real hell to the ordinary Tibetans.
The distinction drawn between the two extremes can be illustrated by an old photo, in which the Dalai Lama's elder brother was shown, well fed and dressed and then a teenager, learning to ride a foreign-made bicycle; while a few yards away, a party of children in rags were fighting with two stray dogs for the remains of food.
In actuality, the Dalai Lama's 'historical viewpoint' always varies with timing. 50 years ago, it was the Dalai Lama, who was then appointed as the directing member of the planning committee for Tibet Autonomous Region, acclaimed amid the cheering public 'from now on, Tibet will be returning to the family of the motherland by forever getting rid of the Imperialist shackles of slavery.' Today, however, it is the same Dalai Lama who defies historical truth, that Tibet has been part of the Chinese territory for centuries, desperately devises ways to make the utter distortion of Tibet's history and reality, and carries on frenzied wrecking activities in seeking after 'Tibet Independence.'
But judging by bits and pieces of the historical record and realistic status quo in Tibet, none of his arguments could hold water.