Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Tibetan sacrifice

Why does N."Jaichand".Ram not want to recognize Tibet? How do you think his remuneration is calculated: based on India's expenditure in securing the Tibet border or based on the economic benefit to China by occupying Tibet? I would say neither. N."Jaichand".Ram would sell his daughter for a few silver coins.

'If India wants, it can sacrifice Tibet issue'
... many Indians think that free Tibet is India's real defence. This is not a hypocrite thinking.

Do you believe so?

It is not a question if I believe or not. Since time immemorial till 1951, did India spend a penny to secure its border? Was a single military man was ever deployed on the Tibet border? And, now, how much are you spending hourly to defend the Indo-Tibet border? How much problems are you facing on this border? What is the Sino-India border issue? This needs to be analysed.

As long as Tibet was a free and sovereign country, there was no border issue. In 1914, the Simla agreement was signed between Tibetan government and British government of India. The border issue was completely resolved. It was resolved in the manner that the Indian government of that time wanted. Tibet had agreed to it.

We had a trade agreement to be renewed after every 10 years as it was done by Tibet and India in 1924, 1934 and 1944. There was no trade issue. Then came 1954 when the trade agreement was duly renewed in Beijing instead of Lhasa. Then five very beautiful sentences called Pansheel were prefaced to it.

Panchsheel is not an agreement. Panchsheel is a renewed agreement of trade with Tibet and a new preface was put on this. It was decided that it will be renewed after every eight years and not ten years. The eight years were to be completed in 1962. The 1962 war was planned long back in 1950s. They had calculated that in 1962, they will be able to plan an aggression. All this was pre-planned and people know about it.


Dirt Digger said...

Apparently China denies using violence against the protesters.
This is hilarious -->

Jagadish said...

I hunted a lot, but I haven't found a single published letter from a reader in "The Hindu's" Letters to the editor section about the rioting in Tibet!

Anonymous said...

what is the issue with this.A newspaper can put up whatevr it is upto the reader to take it or leave it.There are so many News channels and Papers providing the other point of we get to know the left point of view here.What is the big issue?Every country in this world has done human rights violations.It's strange that when ever a chance is got China is alone pointed out.

R said...

Dear anonymous,

"A newspaper can put up whatevr it wants". It is upto the reader to take it or leave it

We, the readers, are systematically proving here that the Hindu has a pro-China, anti-India, anti-democratic agenda.
Now this is not a small thing.
The editor and the staff of the Hindu live in our society and they benefit immensely from our society and our government (e.g. they get security, freedom of expression, education). After making use of all those benefits, pushing an anti-india stand is a punishable act. Do you realize that ?

We have no problem if N Ram and company were to live in Beijing and write whatever they want. We wouldn't care. But here we do care.
Do you get it ?

Anonymous said...

And the calls itself "India's National Newspaper"!

Anonymous said...

Excellent response to the question.

There's one word for all of Chindu's activities, its called treason

Anonymous said...

Q (Rediff): How important is the event (Olympics) for you?

A (Samdhong Rinpoche): The Olympics are held every four years. This is not the first and last time the Olympics are being held. It was held during Adolf Hitler's rule too.

Excellent reply by the Tibetan leader. Our commies are never tired of shouting (in the context of Modi's repeated victory in Gujarat) that even Hitler came to power thtough a democratic election. The Chinese comrades may still hold a "successful" Olympics. But, so did A. Hitler in Nazi Germany! Hope the Mount Road comrade will get the message.

Anonymous said...

Dear All,
An excellent take on Chindu by Thejas in Churumuri which i am pasting it below.

THEJAS H.K. writes from Madras: There was a time not too long ago when I used to walk a couple of miles to get a copy of The Hindu in Mysore. Here, in the City of its birth, it is delivered to my room at 6 am, but over the last few years, a strange feeling of unease, even disgust, makes me run away from a newspaper I used to pursue.

Today, when the paper lands at my doorstep, I wonder if it is the same publication that professors used to goad us to read for its English; if it is the same publication that parliamentarians used to cut and quote; if it is the same publication that our parents used to say was the last word in correctness and credibility.

The unease, the disgust, has been building up for a while now.

Contributing factor number one has been the ridiculous reverence of all things communist: The one-sided coverage of the killings in Nandigram, which even the readers’ editor K. Narayanan noticed; the exaggerated coverage of the affairs of the CPI(M) and AIDWA despite the magnitude of their influence in society; the flip-flop on the nuclear deal.

Contributing factor number two has been reverence of all things DMK: M. Karunanidhi is called “a statesman of our time”; the distribution of free colour TV sets is hailed as a giant leap forward in terms of establishing social equality; the violence of M.K. Azhagiri, the splurge of money on the huge banners and cut-outs of M.K. Stalin go unquestioned.

And when the Cauvery tribunal hands out its award, the daily forgets that it is not just a Madras newspaper but a South Indian paper also published from Bangalore, and rejoices, hailing the decision of the tribunal to ask Karnataka to release double the amount of water it can keep for itself. Its sister publication, Frontline, runs it as a cover story.

Some of those actions can be traced to ideological kinks (”avoiding the traps of anti-left campaign journalism that various other newspapers and television channels”, as editor-in-chief N. Ram put it in response to the criticism of the Nandigram coverage), and to keep its core constituency—Tamils—happy.

But it is the national paper’s coverage of matters concerning China—be it its claim over Arunachal Pradesh or the uprising of Tibetans in Lhasa last week—that is deeply troubling, and has well and truly turned me off.

Exhibit A: When the Chinese foreign minister asserted during a visit to India that Arunachal Pradesh belonged to India, the paper ignored the report, but carried a mysterious editorial suggesting that the border row can be solved by adopting a “give and take policy”. India should give and China should take?

Exhibit B: The uprising of Tibetans in Lhasa has seen The Hindu go overboard, censoring, blacking out, polishing and giving a spin to everything, as if it is China’s National Newspaper, not India’s. And this after a recent piece on the Dalai Lama resulted in a Tibetan protest in front of the head office of the paper.

Just one example will suffice. On the day, the Dalai Lama was talking of “cultural genocide“, on the day The Times of India was saying that “Tibet unrest spreads beyond Lhasa“, The Hindu was saying, “Lhasa returns to normality“.

Result: “The Mahavishnu of Mount Road” is collecting labels by the lorryload. B. Raman calls the paper the “People’s Daily of China“. Nitin Pai calls the paper “Beijing’s Mouthpiece“.

Which is all so surprising.

When N. Ravi and Malini Parthasarathy were removed as editor and executive editor of the paper in an overnight bloodless coup in 2003, and replaced with N. Ram, joint managing director N. Murali (elder brother of Ram and Ravi) was quoted as saying this: “It is true that our readers have been complaining that some of our reports are partial and lack objectivity.”

The Hindu is open to precisely the same charges of partiality and lack of objectivity now. In fact, if anything, things have only gotten far worse. And this when Deccan Chronicle is around and this when The Times of India is slated for launch soon. Yet there is not a whisper at what this motivated and slanted coverage is doing to the core strengths of a great newspaper, built over 125 years by the sweat and toil of scores of journalists and non-journalists.

A newspaper is entitled to its views, of course, but when it starts twisting and distorting the news to suit the ideological inclinations of those at the helm, and his ideological blood-brothers, we have a problem on hand.

As it is, some newspapers now sell their editorial space to the highest bidder, there are wheels within wheels in advertising, and so on. If a newspaper, revered and trusted by hundreds of thousands of South Indians, joins the ranks, we have Big Trouble in Little China indeed.

Either we could be seeing a great institution being dismantled, brick by red brick, or we could be seeing the end of a free, fair, unbiased, vibrant media. Or both.