By Phurbu Thinley
Dharamsala. May 10: A group of Tibetan non-governmental organisations, representing various sections of Tibetan community, today strongly condemned the Delhi-based Dhoegyal society of undermining the Tibetan freedom struggle in the face of the current political crisis in Tibet.
The groups, consisting of Tibetan People’s Movement for “Middle Way”, Domey Cholka, Dotoe Cholka, Utsang Cholka, Cholsum United Association, Ngari Association, Association for Former Political Prisoners, Cholsum Volunteers Association, Association of Hotels and Restaurants and Shop Keepers, were reacting against the recent case filed in the Delhi High Court by the Delhi-based Dhoegyal Society against the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.
The Dhoegyal or Dorjee Shugden Devotee’s Charitable and Religious Society based in New Aruna Nagar in Delhi recently filed a case against the Government of India, the State Government of Himachal Pradesh, the Central Tibetan Administration and His Holiness the Dalai Lama accusing them of alleged violation of Human Rights and Religious Freedom, and suppression of the propitiators of the highly controversial Shugden deity.
The group of organisations today said Dhoegyal society’s recent activities, including the latest court case and reported protest campaigns planned against the Tibetan spiritual leader, were “thoroughly premeditated with the help of forces bent on maligning His Holiness the Dalai Lama and weakening the Tibetan struggle for freedom.”
In a letter addressed to the Indian Home Minister Shri Shivraj Patel, the Tibetan groups have called on his attention to the intensified activities of the Dhoegyal society, and urged him to “instruct necessary initiatives and appropriate actions against the activities of the Dhoegyal Society and its members”.
The letter signed by all the 10 Tibetan organisations said the Dhoegyal society’s activities were spearheaded by “self-proclaimed” Kundeling Rinpoche alias Nga-Lama or Lobsang Yeshi Rinpoche and some of his western supporters.
The groups further wrote Shugden society’s activities have “intensified” in the recent past with the nearing of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and described the latest court case as “part of a larger conspiracy aimed at destabilizing the Tibetan community and to divert world attention from the ongoing crisis in Tibet”.
“In fact, we have been reminded by our brethrens within Tibet, since last many months, about possible Chinese plan to exploit the Shugden issue during the months leading to Olympic Games,” the groups’ joint letter claimed.
“We, the Tibetan people are deeply hurt by these unthinkable actions of the Shugden Society and its members, that we are compelled to believe that they have clandestine relations with the Chinese Government,” Mr Dawa Tsering, a founding member of the Tibetan People’s Movement for Middle Way said during the press conference here today. Mr Urgen Tenzin, Director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and representatives of the other organisations were also present during the press conference.
“At a juncture when whole of Tibet is burning under the communist repression, it is imperative that all Tibetans stand united against the oppression. But we see no solidarity and support, however small though, coming from the Shugden Society or its members to the suffering of Tibetans in Tibet,” Mr Dawa said.
Refuting the allegations filed by Doegyal society, in its complaint to the Delhi High Court, as being “all lies and unfounded accusations”, the Tibetan organisations, in their letter, accused the Shugden supporters of engaging in “violent acts of silencing those who are opposed to their views and beliefs”.
“It is quite apparent that the Dhoegyal Society is playing right into the hands of China under the garb of Human Rights and Religious Freedom,” the groups’ joint appeal letter notes.
Drawing attention to the murder of three monks close to the Dalai Lama in February 1997 by people allegedly traced to having close link to the Delhi based (Dhoegyal Shugden Society, the organisations accused the Dhoegyal supporters of resorting to “acts of intimidation, beating, arson and murder” since establishing the “(Dhoegyal) Dorjee Shugden Devotee’s Charitable and Religious Society in Delhi in April 1996”.
The groups also blamed the Dhoegyal supporters of conniving with the Chinese government to stage protest and malign His Holiness the Dalai lama in hand with the overseas Chinese and labeled Nga-Lama and the Dhoegyal Society as being “hand in glove with the Chinese government”.
In their letter the Tibetan groups said they were “undoubtedly clear about the fact that the Dhoegyal Society and its members are funded and used by the PRC Government” as a conduit to retain China’s political interest in Tibet and called on the Indian Government to treat them as “not only a threat to the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but also to the National Interest of India”.
In a strongly worded appeal letter, the groups wrote, “In the event of any untoward incident occurring in relation to the security of His Holiness, we all are equivocal in our belief that it will be then only (Dhoegyal) Shugden supporters to be blamed for” and urged the Indian government to further “beef up security around His Holiness the Dalai Lama”.