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"The Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet has been one of the great tragedies. More than a million people have died as a result. An ancient culture with its buildings, literature, and artifacts has been largely destroyed....
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Major_Retd_Rudra  

Location: Ann Arbor,MI USA
Subject: THE TRUE STORY ABOUT CIA SUPPORT
Jan 08 2010 11:06 PM

It is incorrect to use the phrase "Buddha's Warriors" while describing the role of CIA in Tibet. CIA is not interested in Buddha and CIA is not involved in defending the political rights of Tibetans. During the Cold War Era, the United States has struggled to contain the spread of Communism. In its effort to combat Communism, CIA made use of people for its own agenda and not that of those enlisted people. President Nixon changed his game strategy and made friendship with Chinese Communists to fight the bigger evil of Soviet Communists.President Nixon by changing the direction of his moves made the role of CIA in Tibet very clear,just like in the game of chess, Tibetans were used like pawns and not as Buddha's warriors.
Love123  

Location: US
Subject: CIA-Backed?
Dec 21 2005 03:43 AM

If I were you guys, I would not over-emphasuie the role of CIA-backing.

Why? Very simple.

In the same time that CIA-trained you guys, what other actions had CIA involved?

CIA was involved in calestine notorious operations like bloody coup against South Vietnamese President Diem in 1960, bloody coup and murder of the democratically elected President Allende of Chile in 1973,....etc.

So the more you guys emphasize the role CIA played, the more ammunition given to PRC's media that "I told you so.....".
khamboy  

Location: Kham
Subject: More informations about Chushi Gangdrug
Dec 20 2005 04:02 PM

For anyone who is interested in more informations about Chushi Gangdrug, I recommend the following site:

http://www.angelfire.com/dragon2/4river6ranges/information.html?4+Rivers+6+Ranges=

This site contains the biography of the founder of Chushi Gangdrug: Litang Andrug Gonpo Tashi and other informations.

Another site I recommend is the site of John Studley's Kham book list. It contains all relevant books and infomations about Kham and Eastern Tibet:

http://members.lycos.co.uk/johnfstudley/khambook.htm

khamboy  

Location: Kham
Subject: Start of the freedom movement
Dec 20 2005 03:42 PM

Chushi Gangdrug, found by Litang Andrugtsang, waged a almost 20 years war against the Chinese military. Under the circumstances of today, it seems impossible!! But these brave men did, what nobody today can even dream. They took rifles and horses and shot Chinese. They didn't just talk about it!!! With Chushi Gangdrug began the freedom movement in exil and those brave warriors from Kham have showed us the way to act and fight.
Fagan2  

Location: New York
Subject: Heroes and legends
Dec 17 2005 04:11 PM

This book written by Dunham is one of a few books dedicated to the these warriors from Kham. He portrays many heroes, among them the legendary Gyato Wangdu who was finally killed by Nepalese army in 1974, and he reports about the Chinese invasion in Kham, the rebellion and resistance of the Khampas in Lhokha and finally the resistance from Mustang (Nepal) and the connections with the CIA. The book also contains old and interesting fotos of different people (i.e. Bawa Yeshi). This book is dedicated to the legendary Khampa rebellion. It was necessary and important that this heroic fight will not become forgotten, but will stay alive in the hearts and minds of thousands of generations of Khampa youngsters. We are proud of you!
K_D_K  

Location: US
Subject: Book of Immense Value
Dec 04 2005 07:23 AM

This book is of immense value to Tibetans especially the younger generation. There is a dubious gossip & many sided stories of the Chushi-Gangdruks. The author has compiled this book through meticulous research,& innumerable interviews. In brief, Chushi Gangdruk group was formed under the leadership of the Gen. Gompo Tashi (the title of "General" was bestowed upon him by H.H.The Dalai Lama when in exile).

General Gompo Tashi was a successful businessman before the Chinese invasion of Tibet & travelled all the time. He was a cleverly formed militia groups wherever he went which eventually became the Chushi Gangdruk. Chushi Gangdruks protected the Dalai Lama when he escaped Tibet to India. Chushi Gangdruk then set there base in Mustang, Nepal & carry various missions of hit & run in Tibet. Two other keys players are also Athar and Wangdu who were CIA trained in Colorado along with 5 other Tibetans & parashuted back into Tibet. US clandestinely offer support to the Chushi Gangdruk with arms/ammunition & money for ration. Then, Baba Gen Yeshi becames the leader of Chushi Gangdruk after General Gompo Tashi.

Baba Gen Yeshi will go on prove himself as the number traiter of the Chushi Gangdruk (in essence traiter to all Tibetans) along with Ngabo, aristocratic, who signed the 17th Point Agreement in China. As I see it, these two individuals are number traiters of Tibet. Baba Gen Yeshi pockets all the money provided by the US govt. He orders his supporters to loot the new refugees passing through Mustang. He then betrays the whole Chushi Gangdruk by helping the Nepalese govt to locate the militias to have them surrender. During this time, Wangdu (appointed general by the Dalai Lama) is more or less murdered. In the mean time, the US CIA stop there assistance to Chushi Gangdruk. Baba Gen Yeshi lives in Nepal surrounded by his trusted men pompously. He is not persecuted but protected by Nepalese govt. Chushi Gangdruk is thus dismantled. This is summary of the book.

Baba Gen Yeshi is dead. I found out through my research that he actually asked for forgiveness for his deeds to His Holiness The Dalai Lama and was said to pray all the time. How shocking is that. He betrays the Tibetans with his greed and selfishness which has such an immense impact on the Tibetan people's struggle for freedom (whether Tibetans acknowledge it or not) and then he thinks asking forgiveness will solve this. How pathetic! And I also find it shocking that no Tibetans could arrest or punish him while he was alive.

This books tells the story of Tibetan heros General Gompo Tashi, Wangdu, Athar & Others. It also tells the story villians like the aristocratic Ngabo, Baba Gen Yeshi & his men. In the end, it's a tragic story if not heartbreaking.
K_D_K  

Location: US
Subject: Book of Immense Value
Dec 04 2005 07:21 AM

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<p>This book is of immense value to Tibetans especially the younger generation. There is a dubious gossip & many sided stories of the Chushi-Gangdruks. The author has compiled this book through meticulous research,& innumerable interviews. In brief, Chushi Gangdruk group was formed under the leadership of the Gen. Gompo Tashi (the title of "General" was bestowed upon him by H.H.The Dalai Lama when in exile).</p>
<p>General Gompo Tashi was a successful businessman before the Chinese invasion of Tibet & travelled all the time. He was a cleverly formed militia groups wherever he went which eventually became the Chushi Gangdruk. Chushi Gangdruks protected the Dalai Lama when he escaped Tibet to India. Chushi Gangdruk then set there base in Mustang, Nepal & carry various missions of hit & run in Tibet. Two other keys players are also Athar and Wangdu who were CIA trained in Colorado along with 5 other Tibetans & parashuted back into Tibet. US clandestinely offer support to the Chushi Gangdruk with arms/ammunition & money for ration. Then, Baba Gen Yeshi becames the leader of Chushi Gangdruk after General Gompo Tashi.</p>

<p>Baba Gen Yeshi will go on prove himself as the number traiter of the Chushi Gangdruk (in essence traiter to all Tibetans) along with Ngabo, aristocratic, who signed the 17th Point Agreement in China. As I see it, these two individuals are number traiters of Tibet. Baba Gen Yeshi pockets all the money provided by the US govt. He orders his supporters to loot the new refugees passing through Mustang. He then betrays the whole Chushi Gangdruk by helping the Nepalese govt to locate the militias to have them surrender. During this time, Wangdu (appointed general by the Dalai Lama) is more or less murdered. In the mean time, the US CIA stop there assistance to Chushi Gangdruk. Baba Gen Yeshi lives in Nepal surrounded by his trusted men pompously. He is not persecuted but protected by Nepalese govt. Chushi Gangdruk is thus dismantled. This is summary of the book. </p>
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Baba Gen Yeshi is dead. I found out through my research that he actually asked for forgiveness for his deeds to His Holiness The Dalai Lama and was said to pray all the time. How shocking is that. He betrays the Tibetans with his greed and selfishness which has such an immense impact on the Tibetan people's struggle for freedom (whether Tibetans acknowledge it or not) and then he thinks asking forgiveness will solve this. How pathetic! And I also find it shocking that no Tibetans could arrest or punish him while he was alive.
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This books tells the story of Tibetan heros General Gompo Tashi, Wangdu, Athar & Others. It also tells the story villians like the aristocratic Ngabo, Baba Gen Yeshi & his men. In the end, it's a tragic story if not heartbreaking.</p></body></html>
Hu Jintao  

Location: Beijing
Subject: Ha!
Nov 21 2005 08:32 AM


so much for the talk about non-violence !
A Tibetan  

Location: U.S.
Subject: Recognize ?
Nov 11 2005 07:04 PM

Sure my brothers, When we have our FREEDOM. We will recognize each and every tibetan martyers who have sacrificed their life for the country, no matter who and where that person is from. This is not to time to ask for a Recognition and Admiration from your fellow tibetans and the tibetan govt in exile. We dont even have a handfull of land to claim as our. So keep struggling as ONE TIBETAN, under the leadership of the Exile Tibetan Govt. and someday, when we get our freedome back, I'll be the first to RECOGNIZE each and every one of these individuals and groups...

Hats off to the freedome fighters, whether they are dhothoe, dhomay, or utsang. They are all TIBETANS.

Unite*
Warrio  

Location: NY
Subject: thank you Mike Dunham
Nov 11 2005 05:25 PM

Thank you Mike Dunham.

Why does it seem that we Khampas are only getting recongnition from outside, why isn't that our gov't or utsang recongnize our sacrifices. Why aren't we remembering with an official rememberance day for chushi gangduk?

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