Middle Way Approach in Modern Tibetan Community

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middle-way-2013Moscow: - The Middle Way Approach is the only and the most effective solution for Tibet issue in the modern world. In the past century such approach seemed to be not effective enough, but toady in the face of the problem of international terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction, only this way of non-violence and dialogue ensures preservation of human lives and progress in the Tibetan community.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama introduced humanist ideas of Buddhist philosophy and forward-looking strategy of autonomy for Tibet within the territory of the People's Republic of China into the Middle Way Approach. This policy is aimed not only to comply with national interests of the Tibetan people but preserve peace, mutual respect and stability throughout the region as well.

The urgency of the Middle Way is becoming more apparent in our times of conflicts on the faults of civilizations when each large or small state tries to preserve its territorial integrity. More and more ethnic and religious conflicts are arising. Each community pursues competitive battle of "soft power" through free and available media resources. But we can see that such "soft" battle often turns into violence and suffering of civilian population.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, the US Supreme Court judge, uttered the golden phrase showing that in certain circumstances free speech should be limited, although he greatly supported free speech:
"The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic."

These words are directly related to the interests of the Tibetan nation both in Tibet and in exile. The Tibetan community in exile, having no their own statehood in India or Nepal but only the status of refugees, has preserved their national identity for more than 60 years. The whole system of the Tibetan community in exile is developed due to tremendous work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Administration.

This system has provided many thousands of the Tibetans - children, young people and monks, with free education, shelter and refuge and brought social support to constantly arriving refugees and old people from Tibet. If it were not for this system, the young Tibetan activists from non-governmental organizations could not even write their proclamations in native Tibetan language.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's wise separation of religious and secular power in 2011 became a shock for the whole control system. However, such event as any other changes in legislative and other government systems is a usual practice in global and regional policies. No one can say that it is an easy way. Perhaps the way of the Tibetan people and the Government in exile is one of the most complicated in the world.

The situation in Tibet is exceptional. It is exceptional in its idea, a dream, courage and loneliness in the political arena. It is exceptional in its adherence to principles of non-violence and justice. In fact, it is a way between a rock and a hard place. It is a piece of luck that the Central Tibetan Administration guarantees not only movement towards the great goal but bears responsibility as well. Not many politicians, MPs and public figures could selflessly work for the benefit of their people in such conditions.

All of us became witnesses of tragic self-immolations in 2009-2013 and we honor the deeds of young heroes. Their actions clearly demonstrated that the Tibetans adhere to principles of non-violence and they are willing to sacrifice their own lives. The immediate reaction of the Tibetan community's representatives at the meeting in Dharamsala in September 2012 clearly showed loyalty to national interests set forth in the Middle Way Approach.

Today there are trends among some young activists who call for lapse from the Middle-Way policy pursued by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration. Instead of constructive work for the sake of solidarity with their people, they propose to start spreading gossips, scandal sheets or deal with self-promotion. It is obvious that such young activists speaking out against solidarity of the Tibetans have nothing to propose to the Tibetan society.

Such faulty words and actions scarify the Tibetan people who struggle to survive in exile and have need of maximum assistance in the face of ethnic and cultural genocide. The representatives of social organizations and activists should control their emotions realizing responsibility for the future. Neither severe suppression or connivance can be a cure for "nervous diseases" or provocation; only our humanism, awareness and professionalism may become such remedy.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and does not necessarily reflects the editorial policy of The Tibet Post International.