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Tibetan Mujahadeen by Godfather on 10 January 2004 2:51pm

Young Tibetans fed up with passive approach.

In 2002, i visited Tibet and my stereotypes were challenged on several occasions. Ethinc Tibetans are not "always" the smiling timid monks many people in the west expect them to be. Infact, the men are often very tough and gritty. On a few occasions i found Tibetans manipulative, sly, and rude. Oddly enough,it was refreshing to come across that. They're not all meek and defeated.

That's why travel is raw and sometimes illusion destroying,i guess. We often have to face the realities, and not our fantasy ideals. Over the years i've met several young Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala (North India) who have escaped across the mountains. A new generation of guys who are angered, dress in western clothing, and feel that the passive approach to China is a waste of time. The beginnings of a potential mujahadeen perhaps?. Scary indeed, but inevitable perhaps as each new generation witnesses the passive approach simply adding to the destruction of Tibetan culture, and the genetic "rooting out" of Ethnic tibetans in the region, with Han Chinese taking over. Ethnic Tibetans are now a "minority" in Lhasa,for example.

In 1997, i met a young Tibetan guy in Dharamsala,who arrived with nothing. He was about 17. I did what i could to help him out in that time, and made a good friend from whom i learnt a lot about what is really going in Tibet. Several years later i met up with him again in Kathmandu. Now under the care of a Lama. He's now doing fine and into underground gambling in Kathmandu (heheh), which pays well and makes the Tibetans in Nepal,rich. They run the gambling industry there. The new generation of young Tibetan's are resourcefull and full of creative spirit. Now this is creating a certain restlessness and a feeling to take matters into their own hands regarding Tibet. They've seen atrocities,injustice,and opression in their homeland. So the new generation is restless and thinking of "new" measures against the Chinese. Most can never return to Tibet to visit their families, because they'll be jailed or tortured. The BBC article below,refers to a film being made about this new generation.



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