What happens if your are a Tibetan today…

Today, the world is more open, it is showing up all the options for its people. Communication accesses are well built while at the same time people are candid all the way to becoming mates from an overnight hangout! May be it is what is the change of time and the change of behaviors according to the theory of evolution. With this kind of candidness and outspoken world, there is a peculiarity in being a Tibetan weaving through the borders around the world.

If you are a Tibetan today, you have no name. If you are a Tibetan today, you will become someone else and that will be for granted. If you are a Tibetan today, you will neither have any country and nor any place to share the ‘home sweet home’ with your family. Though such challenging is being Tibetan today, the fellow Tibetans are not stopping to be it!

May be it is not the fault of the people of the world that Tibetans does not have a name today but the fact is that we have become minority everywhere else, even in Tibet too! May be it is too hard to pronounce the Tibetan names and remember as the people taking out the roll calls and name calls aren’t Tibetans themselves. Most of the times, you will be a Tenzin to be a Tibetan and most people take that for granted! As far as the college life is concerned, you will be marked by Tenzin1, Tenzin2 and so on or by some serial numbers! Though is not some sort of physical torture, this is obviously a pain striking reality of being a Tibetan in diaspora.

Then there is the obvious outspoken mouth of the world, ‘hey Japanese?’… then for the negative response comes, ‘Korean?’ and again comes, ‘Nepalese?’ but there is never the option ‘Tibetan?’. Besides, the option as Tibetan does not exist at all because if you correct them with, ‘I am a Tibetan from Tibet’, there comes the obvious smiling response, ‘Oh… Chinese… ching chong…’ and there is no further dialogue because they have a Tibet in China! How much this hurts when truth itself does not exist at all and the lie has become an obvious truth.

However, at some good occasions, often people recognize you because they know Dalai Lama and to this extend, you get some identity.

If you are Tibetan today, it is very challenging to fare this world. You do not a place to return every evening because you neither have a family waiting there nor any warm home at all! All you have will be somewhere else similarly wishing to be united to one’s home every evening!

But Tibetans are not stopping with these hurdles while they are always facing it more strongly so that their challenges could be solved and return to their ‘Home Sweet Home’ to celebrate their Losar with the whole family just like Hindus celebrate Diwali and the Christian celebrate Christmas!

Yeshi Paljor

Editor at Tibetan Journal, Yeshi Paljor is a computer engineer by profession.

4 thoughts on “What happens if your are a Tibetan today…

  • January 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm
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    Dear Mr. Paljor,

    Warm wishes.

    I always become speechless when I hear anything about Tibetans. But I belive, that the sun is not at far for summer. We love you all a lot and our love will always be.
    The initiative of Tibetan journal is really great to let the world know the domination of China, to speak Tibet’s own voice. Keep up good work.

    Regards
    Anupam Das
    Assam, India

    P. S. I am an independent film maker ( by profession I do job), and is busy with my script for my short with Tibet issue.

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    • January 27, 2016 at 7:46 am
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      Thank you Mr. Das for your lovely love towards the Tibetans… we Tibetans thrive at the support of wonderful people like you and please keep working for Tibetan cause.

      Regards

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  • December 12, 2016 at 10:12 am
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    The Almighty God is watching you Tibetans. In behalf of all Filipinos and me, I’m wishing you Tibetans freedom and Peace in Christ Jesus in this season of love. Merry Christmas Tibetans!
    – Benny Austria

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    • December 13, 2016 at 5:17 am
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      Thank you for your kind words Benny!

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