By Tenzin Dharpo
Chinese military parade during the 70th anniversary celebrations in Tiananmen square, Beijing. Photo- Xinhuanet
DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 1: As Beijing boasted its military conquest and might on Tuesday marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the exile Tibetan government and members of the Tibetan civil society denounced Beijing’s occupation and its systematic exploits in occupied Tibet.
The military parade of the Chinese armed forces which showcased weapons including new hypersonic drones and intercontinental ballistic missiles today in Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen square highlighting its superiority, was marred in part by unrest in Hong Kong and voices of dissent from many quarters of the sub continent.
The exile Tibetan government known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said that the 70 years of PRC also represent the past 60 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet and the 60 years of Tibetan people’s peaceful resistance against what has been one of the most brutal regimes on this planet.
“China’s military conquest of what was once a peaceful, independent country was followed by decades of gory death and destruction. Over 1.2 million Tibetans have perished within three decades following China’s invasion of Tibet in 1949/50. Nearly 6,000 monasteries were ransacked and destroyed. In what many view as a form of cultural genocide, China’s policy of Sinicization has resulted in a wholesale assault on all vestiges of Tibetan national identity, most notably their language, religion and culture,” Secretary of CTA’s Information and International Relation’s wing, Tsewang Gyalpo Arya said.
Pro-Tibet group, International Campaigns for Tibet vehemently said it does not subscribe to China’s claims of liberation and development inside Tibet, adding that, “the truth is that it has been 70 years of subjugation and oppression for the Tibetan people, and after all that, China still lacks legitimacy in its rule over Tibet.” The Washington based group said its message to the PRC on its 70th anniversary is that, The Dalai Lama is the solution and not the problem for Tibet.
Similarly, Researcher at Tibet Policy Institute here, Tenzin Tsetan argued that the ultimate failure of the CCP despite its claim over the seven decades is its inability to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans and its failure to delegitimize the Dalai Lama in his native land. “The transformation of the Tibetan movement in recent years, where younger generation Tibetans shouldered the responsibility of carrying forward their elder generation’s struggle, has trivialized the shortsighted perception in Beijing that the Tibet issue will vanish in thin air after the passing away of the Dalai Lama. In these seventy years of the CCP’s rule in Tibet, the Tibetans continue to look up to the Dalai Lama,” Tsetan wrote.