One simple Being, His Holiness, 14th Dalai Lama

Today, 19 February, I would have wanted to wish every person in the world, Happy Tibetan New Year with the resolve that Tibet is free but I would have to just wish you anyway with the hope that one day we will all see His Holiness take his rightful seat on the throne of Potala Palace. But thanks to China this is not possible just yet.

And to bring it closer to home, the South African government has much to take out of the pages of the Obama playbook. The Eagle may have deflected bringing down bilateral relations with Beijing but he also stood by his moral compass.  South Africa has shamelessly refused His Holiness entry 3 times in the past five years. 

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The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values – URL

The Super Bowl of religion & politics passed us this month where guests attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast in America.  Last year China, received honest criticism by Obama for failing to protect religious freedom. When meeting with Chinese leaders, he said, “I stress that realizing China’s potential rests on upholding universal rights, including for Christians and Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims.”

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The Dalai Lama stands at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015. President Barack Obama spoke at the breakfast, saying, “as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion.” (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

Then on that Thursday, China received another slap in the face as U.S. President Barack Obama referred to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama a “good friend’‘ and an inspiration for freedom.

“I want to offer a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion and inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings,” President Obama told about 3,600 religious and political leaders at the annual gathering.

Beijing is most likely reeling in sheer anger at this statement made by the leader of the free world at the National Prayer breakfast,  once again China has set off fiery protest to the US President meeting with His Holiness, Dalai Lama. It is noted

China protested each of Obama’s three meetings with the Dalai Lama, which were always held privately without any news coverage because of the sensitivity of the encounter. But President George W. Bush ignored furious Chinese objections when he presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol Rotunda in 2007.

The Tibetan National Congress will definitely see this bold move as a step forward for the realisation of ‘free Tibet’.

And back home: The Zuma government has remained spineless going against all the principles that we stood up for when we had Madiba released from his shackles.

Our government has yet to #paybackthemoney as well as grow a pair and aid in the freedom of Tibet like SA has been unshackled from apartheid.

The score right now at full time in my calculation, China, a big fat zero and 1 to Tibet and as for Zuma, he’s yet to get off the bench and show us The Spear painting was in fact right or we can always remember this from the movie The Heat.

About Naufal Khan

Publisher & editor of Indian Spice.

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