In A speech marking the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that led him into exile,the Dalai Lama delivered one of his most stinging condemnations of the Chinese regime,accusing it of creating hell on earth in Tibet by launching a brutal crackdown. He said that Beijing had brought untold suffering and destruction to the region by unleashing repressive campaigns and added in a written statement that the Tibetans still lived in constant fear of the Chinese who continued to be suspicious of them. He,however,said that he was still hopeful of a solution to the Tibet imbroglio.
The Chinese campaigns thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth, he said while noting that these had taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans.
Talking to mediapersons later,he called his decision to escape from Tibet and seek political asylum in India the best decision in the circumstances. Looking back at 50 years in exile,I think escaping Tibet was a good decision. We have been able to keep Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture alive and flourishing in a free atmosphere, he said.
He said the Tibetan government-in-exile had stuck to the middle-way approach of seeking autonomy within the constitution of China since 1974 and had never demanded independence. He said the Tibetans were waiting and watching after the breakdown of negotiations with the Chinese following the rejection of the Tibetan memorandum of demands by the Chinese authorities. The middle-way approach is not one-sided victory or defeat but a victory for both sides. We have voluntarily decided on this approach and we are sticking to it, he said.
Coming out strongly against the Chinese authorities propaganda portraying him as a separatist,he vowed to continue working towards achieving meaningful autonomy for Tibet. I am disappointed that the Chinese authorities have not responded appropriately to our sincere efforts to implement the principal of meaningful national regional autonomy for all Tibetans as set forth in the constitution of the Peoples Republic of China, the statement read.
He was at pains to emphasise that Tibetans were not against the Chinese and admired their culture and civilisation. He expressed his optimism with regard to the resolution of the Tibetan issue,pointing out that the attention it had got from the international community was an achievement for the Tibetan community.
The Dalai Lama likened the India-Tibet relationship to that of a guru and chela (teacher and student) and praised India for being a good host to the Tibetan community in the last 50 years. He expressed the hope that India would respond favourably to the Tibetans whenever the time is ripe.
Several hundred Tibetans,including monks and nuns,took out a protest march from McLeodganj to Lower Dharamsala. with agencies