I live in the air of unrestricted breath counts and I don’t have an obsessed wish for the freedom of life. For me, freedom is in the air, it has no restrictions. But I don’t know about the otherwise. The system of self immolation as a practice of protest against a dominating power was popularly seen in the nineteenth century sparked by a Buddhist monk called Thich Quang in Vietnam against the Roman Catholics government. Though this kind of protest seemed to be non violent from the other side, it effectively expressed violently the extend to which the oppressed were affected! Today this world has seen about 22 Thich Quangs in Tibet and this easily tickled the wider population of world to which extend the desperation of Tibetans in Tibet are reaching under the oppression. When you try to watch the video capture of the self immolation practices, there is a burning heart coming inside you and you can not complete the full length. But what has given these people the courage to spark the fire on their fuelled body? May be it is the situation of any desperate soul with freedom in their mind. Today the Chinese government has a new lesson to learn. From the past many decades, they have been applying a theory of dissolution of a nation by providing certain economic benefits to the people. Even though such a policy could elude a society to some extend, dissolution of a nation is not even viable with this. It has been five decades now that the Tibetans have been under their government which brought up many economic and infrastructural developments inside Tibet, freedom in the mind is still awake inherited from generation to generation. When this policy of using the economic lust of Tibetans into dissolving the Tibetan identity failed with the tibetans inside Tibet, there is no question of possibility of luring the Tibetans outside of Tibet. Today, we have seen the revolution coming from inside Tibet shaking the world constantly and it is a hard evidence of non confusing difference between Tibetans and the Chinese. Till the freedom is in the mind, the resistance from Tibetan side is not going to end at any cost.
Editor at Tibetan Journal, Yeshi Paljor is a computer engineer by profession.