Time magazine named Dalai Lama as the World’s Most Influential People of 2008. When his holiness and his followers are celebrating yet another recognition, I really hate to be the party spoiler but in the aftermath of the Lhasa riot that more than 19 innocent civilians have been killed by his followers and the global movement against the exiled Tibetans by hundreds of thousands of oversea Chinese people, the question is, what good will it do?
In his lifetime, Dalai Lama has received numerous recognizable awards, especially the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. We all know what he and his followers have achieved other than receiving useless awards after useless awards after that, while the 6 million Tibetans inside China have made great improvement in their everyday lives.
It must have been very frustrating not only to Dalai Lama himself, but also to his followers and supporters in the west. The recent riot in Lhasa clearly demonstrated their hopelessness and desperation. With the new railroad, Tibet has since opened itself up to the China proper and the whole world. Goods, including food, fuel, and luxury items can now be transported to Tibet cheaper and faster than ever. Millions of tourists from all over the world can now visit Tibet every year and bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Tibetan economy. Tibetans are enjoying much better living, much better than that of under the rule of his holiness, and a lot better than just a short few years ago.
What really bothers Dalai Lama and his followers the most is the fact that more and more people from every corners of the earth can now see Tibet with their own eyes. They can visit Tibet, enjoy the heavenly sceneries, and talk to ordinary Tibetans. As a result, Dalai Lama and his government in exile lost the monopoly on speaking for all Tibetans.
In fact, the most powerful evidence against his holiness’ accusation of brutal crackdown by the Chinese government on the peaceful protesters came from the almost instant blogs, pictures and videos of western tourists trapped in Lhasa. They showed us the protesters lead by monks set hundreds of shops on fire, and beaten and killed innocent non-Tibetan looking civilians. Moreover, the killing and the disruption of the torch rally united the Chinese people, especially those living overseas. They come out in force to condemn the killing, distortion by western media, and support the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
That’s something that his holiness and his followers had never accounted for.
Now comes another recognition. It indeed deserves some celebration, especially in this difficult time with all of their lies debunked and their plan to disrupt the Olympic Torch Rally defeated. I don’t think the celebration will last long tough. The reality of Tibetans in China are moving on to a more prosperous future while they themselves are still left with nothing should set in just about now.
The question to his holiness and his followers remains, what good will another recognition do?