By Tenzin Dharpo
Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 29: While the condition and whereabouts of the disappeared Tibetan activist Lingtsa Tsetan Dorjee remains a mystery since last two years, his journals from his incarceration in a Nepalese jail now compiled into a book was released on Monday by the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy here.
Tibetan Parliament in Exile’s Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel officially released the book. He said the Tibetan activist’s sacrifice is “an example in the Tibetan non-violent struggle” and that he represents “a common man’s resolve and sense of duty towards his country and people.”
TCHRD Director Tsering Tsomo said that the more human reference of choosing higher ideals of duty to his country and his people over his family and loved ones is what is striking in his conviction as an activist and as a human being. “Keeping in account of Lingtsa Tsetan Dorjee’s disappearance; which is considered extremely serious, his sacrifice and that of his family since his disappearance and also that the fact that he is a one of the few Tibetans who had truly forgone themselves for our country, we as a human rights organization happily release the book.”
Perhaps, someone who has the most stake in the misery following his disappearance, mother of the activist, Dombo Kyi said that she is torn between fearing the worst as well as hoping that his son will one day surface. “Sometimes I think, he’ll return one day and some days I just cannot shrug off from assuming the worst. I just pray that his sacrifices will help the Tibetan struggle.”
Admitting that it has been extremely difficult ordeal since her middle son’s disappearance, she confessed, “When I couldn’t bear missing my son, I would walk in the middle of the night, sometimes dancing and screaming in the void. I wouldn’t say I went insane, but I came really close to losing my sanity.”
Deemed ‘disappeared’ since June 2013, Lingtsa Tsetan Dorjee’s activism was empirically in contrast to many in the Tibetan struggle in exile. A staunch activist of the Middle Way Approach, his activism was disapproved by many when he brandished a Chinese flag during his first peaceful March in late 2012.
The compilation of journals in Tibetan language titled 'Bhod Kyi Shewei Thaptsoe' (Tibet's Peaceful Struggle) chronicles his personal journey and thoughts in the form of poetry and other forms of literary expression.
Lingtsa Tsetan Dorjee carried out two ‘Dhasa to Lhasa’ peace marches beginning in late 2012. His first march ended with his arrest by Nepalese police and he spent over 8 months in prison. He set out for his second peace march on March 10, 2013 from Dharamshala and disappeared somewhere near Kalimpong near the Indo-Nepalese border, according to intelligence reports. Although some say that the Tibetan activist disappeared after he crossed over into Chinese occupied Tibet. Lingtsa Tsetan Dorjee has an Israeli wife and two children.