So Olympic torch enters India tomorrow. And India being Tibet's friendly neighbor for long and as well as home of many displaced ones from there prmomises to further whats being going on for past one month.
Tibet's been under Chinese rule for the past 60 years and its calls for autonomy have been brutally(that's what media says) thwarted. Their leader, Dalai Lama, has been in exile for long. Though one can't comment much on the actual state of affairs between China and Tibet as what we have is only what media says. But the recent events have put up many questions upfront not only about Tibet but also about India.
Being a friendly nation giving support to Tibetans we have suddenly gone onto be a politically, diplomatically correct nation, may be because of the weight of China's upper hand which seems to be getting everywhere. Not saying that we should have out rightly spoken in favour for China but a neutral or a statement showing democratic, impartial intent of India would have been a right response. But sadly that wasn't the case and so much so that the length of the Torch Journey has been reduced from 9 km to mere 3 km.
Same India took a stand against SA, on account of Apartheid, but at that time whole world was united against them and SA was no immediate neighbour to us. But here situation is different as no one has come up against them, except France. So we don't have anyone to follow. Sad.
Baichung Butia took a stand but what furthers are the debates of not Tibet's Situation but whether Sports and Politics should be mixed or not?:shock: Well, it would have been a good point of debate in some other country but not in India where every thing seems to be in a seamless mix. Be it politics mixing with Cricket in BCCI. Or Cricket being lauded as a tool in bettering of bilateral relations. We are the same country where Religion is so passionately mixed with politics.
They now say to Tibet: why now? Why on the eve of Olympics? Arent you using Olympics to further your political interests?
Well, it seems we have forgotten Simon Commission or Lala Lajpat Rai. Weren't we protesting on the eve of something then? Isn't that incident a pillar stone in our freedom struggle?
There are also questions about shouldn't this situation be treated same as Kashmir issue. What happens when same thing happens on the eve of coming Commonwealth games?
Very valid question but, don't we have a platform of talks which seems to be missing in Tibet's case. Didn't we take the Issue to UN for talks. Heck! even Krishna Menon holds the record for longest speech(8 hrs nonstop) there and it was on Kashmir issue.
But truly speaking taking that point the situation seems more complex. We even had a procession in Canada on that Punjab's Khalistan issue. One could say it could also be seen on the same lines.:neutral:
Well, the games haven't yet started and things are boiling as yet, donno how things will take shape further.
With Torch run in India scheduled for tomorrow, things could get worse than what happened in France.
Hoping something good comes out of that.