By Phurbu Thinley
Dharamsala, August 9: Tibetan Government-in-exile (TGIE) has rejected Nepal Maoists’ allegation accusing the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama of brainwashing Nepalese Children as a “baseless” one.
TGIE was reacting to August 2, 2008, news report by IANS
citing a report in the Nepal's Maoists' mouthpiece Janadisha Daily
accusing the Dalai Lama of brainwashing Nepalese children.
The Maoists, according to the report, accused the Dalai Lama of brainwashing children as young as seven years after luring them away from Nepal in the name of educating them.
"The Dalai Lama's supporters are taking children en masse from remote villages in Nepal," the Maoist daily was quoted as saying by IANS
In a statement titled “Maoists' allegation baseless” published on its official website
, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) of the TGIE said it had never supported or encouraged any kind of en masse recruitment of Nepalese Children. The statement further hinted it was beyond the administration’s capacity to offer educational facilities to Nepalese children given the large number of young Tibetans who escape out of Tibet every year to pursue their education in exile.
“The Central Tibetan Administration has never ever supported or encouraged such kind of en masse recruitment of Nepalese children in its schools and institutions, nor do we have the resources and facilities to maintain them given the large number of young Tibetans who escape out of Tibet every year to pursue their education in exile which they are deprived of in their own homeland,” the statement said.
Every year some 2,500 new Tibetans refugees of all ages escape Tibet into India, via Nepal, often making risky journeys across the harsh Himalayan terrains to avoid repressive Chinese control. Among them are many young children who are sent by their parents to have proper education in Tibetan schools set up in India.
Following massive anti-China unrest in Tibet since March, Chinese Communist authorities in the "Tibet Autonomous Region" (TAR) last month issued a regulation giving two months’ ultimatum to the Tibetan Communist Party members and government employees to recall their children studying in exile educational institutions run by the "Dalai Clique".
The regulation further warned the party members and government employees of dire consequences, according to the Party rules and policies, if they fail to recall their children.
Reacting strongly against the Nepal Maoists’ accusation, the CTA’s statement said, “In fact, there are reports about some disgruntled elements in the exile Tibetan community, who in the name of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration are carrying out this mass recruitment of young Nepalese children, apparently to discredit and defame His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration”.
The report appeared even as China stepped up its anti-Dalai Lama propaganda in Nepal, IANS
said of the Maoists Daily’s report.
China is also on a major public relations drive in Nepal, taking journalists and leaders of major political parties to controlled visits of Tibet to project an image of unprecedented development and prosperity, the report said.
Both Maoist Minister for Information and Communications Krishna Bahadur Mahara and his son Atom have been taken on such sponsored trips, and an invitation has also been forwarded to Maoist supremo Prachanda.
China is asking Nepal's communist and Maoist parties to unite and form a single communist party that would be able to better combat the anti-China protests by Tibetan refugees in Nepal, IANS
Prior to this, a section of the Nepali media also reported that the Dalai Lama was recruiting a religious army in Nepal, a report denied by Tibetan exiles.
Since March, Tibetans in Nepal have been holding regular peaceful anti-China protests before the UN office and Chinese Embassy in Nepal despite excessive use of force by the Nepal police.
However, with less than a week for the Olympic Games to start in Beijing, state-run Chinese publications have begun carrying interviews with Nepal's police officials and reporting them as saying that they were compelled to use force on Tibetan protesters after the latter turned violent and attacked policemen.
Over 20,000 Tibetans, who made Nepal their home after escaping from China-controlled Tibet, complain the government of Nepal is tightening the screws on them to please Beijing.
The Nepal government stopped issuing Refugee Cards (RCs) to Tibetan refugees some 13 years ago, without giving any reasons for the move.
Until 1995 the government used to issue RCs to Tibetan refugees above 18 years of age. RCs enabled the refugees not only to get jobs or start businesses, but even go abroad for higher studies.
According to a report
on Kantipur Online
last month: “As the government stopped issuing the RCs, thousands of educated Tibetan refugees across the country have been left unemployed and frustrated. Worse, they don't have anything to identify themselves by - neither RCs nor citizenship papers”.