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Karmapa appeals to China to review policies towards Tibetans

Expressing concern over the inside the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAS) the 17th Karmapa, Ogeyn Trinley Dorje on Wednesday appealed Chinese leaders to enter into meaningful dialogues to resolve Tibet issue instead of using brute force to achieve the silence of Tibetans.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2011 23:10 IST
Naresh Kumar

Expressing concern over the inside the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAS) the 17th Karmapa, Ogeyn Trinley Dorje on Wednesday appealed Chinese leaders to enter into meaningful dialogues to resolve Tibet issue instead of using brute force to achieve the silence of Tibetans.

“Chinese leaders should pay heed to Tibetans' legitimate demands and enter into meaningful dialogue with them instead of brutally trying to silence them,” the Karmapa said.

Coming out with a public statement on the issue for the first time the Karmapa said China should seriously review its policies towards Tibetans and other minorities. Ruthless response to such incidents would only make things worse.

“Such drastic acts have their origin in the desperate circumstances in which Tibetans find themselves living and a ruthless response will only make things worse. Where there is fear, there can be no trust,” the Karmapa said.

Reiterating the stand of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama that Chinese leadership should face up to the real source of tragic incidents of self immolations, the Karmapa said he agreeD to the Dalai Lama that the use of force is counter-productive and repressive measures can never bring about unity and stability.

Maintaining that desperate acts of self immolation were carried out by Tibetan people with pure motivation, the Karmapa said situation is unbearably difficult, but in difficult situations Tibetans need greater courage and determination.

“These self immolations are a cry against the injustice and repression which under which Tibetan people are living in Tibet,” the Karmapa said.

Expressing grief over the self immolation incidents in Tibet the Karmapa said since March this year 11 brave Tibetans set themselves on fire while calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of his holiness, the Dalai Lama to his homeland and each report of self-immolation has filled his heart with pain.

“Most of those who have died have been very young and they had a long future ahead of them, an opportunity to contribute in ways that they have now foregone,” the Karmapa said.

Stressing upon the importance of life the Karmapa said, in Buddhist teaching life is precious and to achieve anything worthwhile Tibetans need to preserve their lives.

“We Tibetans are few in number, so every Tibetan life is of value to the cause of Tibet. Although the situation is difficult, we need to live long and stay strong without losing sight of our long term goals,” the Karmapa said.

“It is my heartfelt prayer that the monks and nuns, indeed all the Tibetan people, may live long, free from fear, in peace and happiness,” he added.

He also appealed to right-thinking, freedom-loving people throughout the world to join Tibetans in deploring the repression unleashed in the monasteries in Tibet, particularly in the Tibetan region of Sichuan.