Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BRINGING UP THEIR PANCHEN LAMA

B.RAMAN



The so-called Panchen Lama nominated by the Chinese Government in 1995 after they had imprisoned the Panchen Lama chosen in accordance with the Tibetan Buddhist traditions under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, generally lives in Beijing where he has been studying under the control of the Chinese Communist Party and Government.



2. He does not stay in Tibet. Nor does he go to any Tibetan school. His Buddhist teachers are Beijing-based and chosen by the Party and the Government. However, once a year during the vacation in Beijing he is taken to Lhasa and nearby places by the Chinese authorities who organize religious interactions between him and selected Tibetans in order to give him a public exposure and give the impression of his playing an increasingly active role as a religious leader responsible for providing spiritual guidance to the Tibetan Buddhists and for supervising the maintenance of the religious places in Tibet.



3. However, the Chinese take two precautions while organizing the spiritual tours for him. Firstly, his visits are confined to the Tibet Autonomous Region. They avoid taking him to other Tibetan-inhabited areas lest by doing so they unwittingly strengthen the Dalai Lama’s claim for a Greater Tibet. The Chinese project their Panchen Lama as the religious leader of only the Tibetans of the Tibet Autonomous Region and not of all Tibetans, wherever they may be residing. Secondly, they avoid any pronouncements of a political nature during his organized tours. Since they deny any political hat for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, they do not want to create in their Panchen Lama a religious leader with a political role.



4. Buddhist leaders in Tibet should restrict themselves to religious activities and should have nothing to do with politics and governance. That is their basic principle for the management of Tibet. They take care to see that the Panchen Lama created by them does not acquire a dual image as a monk wearing two hats----religious and political.



5. The Chinese intend using their Panchen Lama in an attempt to provide legitimacy to the process by which the Chinese Government intends selecting the next Dalai Lama when His Holiness is no more. For this purpose, in their calculation, it is necessary for their Panchen Lama to acquire a credibility as the foremost religious leader of the Tibetans in the absence of His Holiness with authority to guide and supervise the process for the selection of the next Dalai Lama. The Chinese expect/apprehend that Buddhists in the Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh could play an important role in the selection of the successor according to the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. They, therefore, want their Panchen Lama to be known and revered by the Buddhists on the Indian side of the border too.



6. For achieving these purposes, they have expanded the areas covered by their Panchen Lama during his annual visit to Tibet this year. In addition to interacting with the people of Lhasa and visiting religious places in the capital as he normally does, he has also been touring in the interior, including in areas adjacent to the border with India in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.



7.The Chinese utilised the session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) held in Beijing in March last to give their Panchen Lama a greater political exposure without giving him a political role. Their Panchen Lama was one of the 13 new members nominated to the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a top advisory body with no legislative powers. During the session he avoided making any statement of a political nature. They have not given him any role in their periodic talks with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness projects these talks as covering the future set-up of Tibet as an autonomous part of China. The Chinese authorities project these talks as merely meant to discuss the future of His Holiness as an individual religious leader should he desire to return to die in Tibet. They do not seem to see any role for their Panchen Lama in these talks. ( 16-6-10)



( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies. E-mail: seventyone2@gmail.com )

5 comments:

horemhebanubis said...

Sir, what do you think are the implications of recently confirmed mineral deposits in Afghanistan? Could this lead to a resurgent Taliban supported by a more lax Pakistan and PRC? Could PRC end up running mines in Afghanistan with US/NATO forces playing security guard?

What are the chances of these mineral riches truly becoming a tool for salvation of the Afghan people?

ambi said...

I am really humbled & overwhelmed. British Petroleum agrees to $ 20 –billion fund for oil spill claims. Really great! It speaks well of rich British culture, norms & society.

It shows that British are men of honour. It shows that while growing up their parents teach them good morals & ethics. It shows that they do not forget those ethics & morals while doing business .It shows that they can stand up to their responsibilities. That they are sensitive to others pain, caused by them. & that they are mighty hearts who can compensate such a big amount if need arises, even at the risk of suffering losses. They have shown that they have a PM who is sensitive & civilized enough to say ‘sorry’ to the ‘Bloody Sunday’ victims..

It shows that there are still few people left who do business with a humanity left in them. That is a hope. Otherwise they are some people whom we have to call humans because they look like humans, whose parents do not teach them good morals & ethics while growing up. Hence they grow up as reckless, irresponsible, incompetent, & cowards, who ran away from its responsibilities & left victims to die because of their negligence as it happened in Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

Long live Britain. Really great.

Sarang said...

Hi Ambi,

Sorry, but I am not sure if your admiration is justified. BP agreed to the fund only after extreme pressure from Barak Obamamama. He tightened the screws and turned on the heat. If our leaders would have turned on the heat on Union Carbide and DOW, they too would have cracked...instead we helped them escape in a Government of India plane :D Height of insensitivity towards its own citizens! (Although, pressure from India did get Australia and Canada to pull up their pants....)

So its Obamamama you should be admiring...Let me know if I am wrong?

ambi said...

Hi Sarang, May be you are right mate, still credit shld be given where it is due. Brits have handled this matter in a very dignified manner. They came out as a mighty hearts & winners.

You really feel BP is solely responsible for this disaster? & That US Admn. has no responsibility in it? Even after losing so much money they have won credibility & honour for their company & their country. Hats off to England.

World over Oil Lobby is very Powerful. If BP ld ve streched this matter far & ld ve asked for backing from this Oil lobby, there was very little that Barack could do. I may be wrong But this is what i feel.

Now look at another example of Kanishka Plane Bombing. Here also Canadian govt has accepted mistake from its govt machinery & are thinking of setting up of a fund to coompensate those victims. That is call dignity & owning responsibility. Thats what men of honour do. My best wishes & regards to Canada govt & its people. Thats what Indians are looking for. Sensitivity.

Indians are not beggars that they are waiting for western funds to compensate for Bhopal victims. Nor are they looking for 'Anyone's ASS To kick' for the tragedy. its govt & its people are enough to compensate our people. But then it shows where one stands. What one is made of.

Regards. keep posting. love to read your comments.

ambi said...

Hi Sarang, May be you are right mate, still credit shld be given where it is due. Brits have handled this matter in a very dignified manner. They came out as a mighty hearts & winners.

You really feel BP is solely responsible for this disaster? & That US Admn. has no responsibility in it? Even after losing so much money they have won credibility & honour for their company & their country. Hats off to England.

World over Oil Lobby is very Powerful. If BP ld ve streched this matter far & ld ve asked for backing from this Oil lobby, there was very little that Barack could do. I may be wrong But this is what i feel.

Now look at another example of Kanishka Plane Bombing. Here also Canadian govt has accepted mistake from its govt machinery & are thinking of setting up of a fund to coompensate victims. That is call dignity & owning responsibility. Thats what men of honour do. My best wishes & regards to Canada govt & its people. Thats what Indians are looking for. Sensitivity.

Indians are not beggars that they are waiting for western funds to compensate for Bhopal victims. Nor are they looking for 'Anyone's ASS To kick' for the tragedy. its govt & its people are enough to compensate our people. But then it shows where one stands. What one is made of.

Regards.