The Tibetan exiles in this mountain town, away from their homeland over nearly a half century, have a strong if unorthodox information gathering network which keeps them in touch with what is happening in China.
When a politburo meeting to discuss Tibet was held in Beijing two days ago, for instance, a detailed account of the discussions there was soon made known to the government in exile. “A nine member politburo meeting was held on Friday to discuss the Tibet crisis. Tibet’s party secretary and the chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) was also present,” said a government in exile sources. “The authorities have been directed to put up a harsh face in public but in fact proceed very carefully in Tibet.”
The Chinese have been trying hard to plug the information holes and root out the moles. Sources in Tibetan government-in-exile maintain the Chinese government has even unleashed its own band of undercover agents to spy on Tibetan communities in Dharamsala, Delhi, Kathmandu and Kalimpong.
“We are well aware that the Chinese are using many people for seeking information,” said Nodup, Tibetan Security, Kalon( Minister).
Amid fears of being spied upon, high level meetings of Tibetan exiles, which have almost become a routine affair are now held at uncommon locations, even taking the local security agencies keeping tabs on the situation, unawares. They are also held at odd hours. “We fear our phones too may be tapped,” said a Tibetan official.
The recent spate of scattered protests that took off simultaneously in Tibet and in various other parts of the world supporting Tibetans, ahead of Olympics hints clearly that they were not coincidental, even though there have been repeated denials from Dharamsala of having orchestrated the protest in Tibet.