Tibetans at Bylakuppe Settlement commemorated 57th National Uprising Day at Lugsam Samdupling Community Hall. Chief guest former Kalon Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, guest of honour Sadashivapa (President, Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society, Bylakuppe) and Chengappa (Secretary, Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society, Bylakuppe) with settlement officers and abbots of monasteries, religious and department heads and leaders of respective camps and school students.
The programme, on Thursday, began with Indian and Tibetan national anthem coupled with Tibetan National Uprising song and speech by Sadashivappa on the occasion and extended full support towards the Tibetan cause. Venerable Tsering Phuntsok recounted the suffering by elders and martyrs and also massive destruction of the culture, religion, language and genocide inside Tibet till date for which 145 Tibetans have opted self immolation as a last resort to protest and out of which 123 have died and the condition and whereabouts of the rest were unknown.
The Communist Chinese government entertained the ambition to gobble up Tibet in its entirety, including the land and people of this ancient land. With this end in view, it launched an armed invasion through successive onslaughts through the borders of all the three provinces of Tibet. It resulted in hundreds of thousands of Tibetans being killed. Besides, the invading Chinese devised a plot which posed an imminent danger to the life of Tibet’s supreme temporal and spiritual leader, His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama. It was when the Chinese were on the point of carrying out this diabolical plot that on March 10, 1959, thousands of Tibetans rose in a spontaneous protest across the Lhasa city, targeting the Communist government of China and the Chinese occupying forces. This is indelibly etched in the history of Tibet as a vital evidence of the events of that time. While it remained in occupation of Tibet, the Communist government of China resorted to distortion of Tibet’s history and its sovereignty. It took to amalgamating Tibet’s culture with its own despite the fact that the two were entirely incompatible, thereby seeking to destroy its unique identity. It deprived the Tibetan people of their religious faith and freedom. It vandalized and recklessly exploited Tibet’s territory and its resources, thereby setting out to destroy the environment of the Tibetan Plateau. Apart from carrying out a litany of such abuses, China has never implemented in Tibet a policy that genuinely addressed in a meaningful manner the real conditions there.
While ruling the country over the past several years, the new leaders of China have been contending that in order to govern China, the border areas should be governed well; that for the purpose of administering the border areas properly, stability must be ensured in the Tibetan regions. Through the use of such remarks, tens of thousands of Chinese officials were sent as work teams to all the Tibetan inhabited areas, including in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Such team members took up long-term residence within the Tibetan communities, including in the monasteries, and began carrying out surveillance on the activities of the local Tibetans day and night. In doing so, they harassed the monastic communities by rendering them unable to devote their times to prayer services and religious studies. They began exercising tight controls and restrictions on the local Tibetan people’s political rights, freedom of speech, their day-to-day occupational pursuits, their freedom of movement, and so on.
The situation in Tibet continued to remain grave and tragic in 2014, leading to continued protests, including through self-immolations, by the Tibetan people. The peaceful protests of the Tibetan people have been repeatedly met with imposed undeclared martial law.