Letter from Lhasang Tsering

posted Nov 4, 2010, 5:35 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Nov 5, 2010, 5:25 AM ]

Comment on the current discussion regarding Lobsang Sangay’s remark

Dear Editors,

This has reference to the current discussion regarding Lobsang Sangay’s remark about him wanting to become the “Obama of China.” It is thanks to Jamyang Norbu that the public have been made aware of the fundamental flaw in this remark.

African-Americans are involved in a civil rights movement; a movement for equal rights in a country they love and respect. But; the struggle of the Tibetan people is different. Tibetans are struggling for national, political freedom from foreign invasion and occupation of their country. The two are not the same.

Lobsang Sangay made a mistake in making this comparison in two completely unrelated situations. However; this is not the problem. We all make mistakes. The problem, as I see it, is that he is not willing to accept his mistake. He lacks not just experience. He does not have the honesty and the courage to accept his mistake. And; in order to avoid having to admit that he had made a mistake he went on to state that his “Chinese Obama” comment “was a joke and not meant to be taken seriously.”

Now here is the real problem that no one has commented on. Is the issue of Tibet’s future something to be joked about? We are facing a systematic campaign of GENOCIDE – both against our culture and religion as well as our nation. Is this something to be joked about? We are engaged in a struggle for freedom – indeed – for survival. Yes; a struggle for survival with time running out on us. Is this something to be joked about?

Lobsang Sangay should admit that he made a mistake. What is more; he should accept that he lacks the necessary experience to head a government with the responsibility for a nation’s survival.

Lhasang Tsering
McLeod Ganj
H.P. 176219