By Gangni (See the original article in Tibetan)
Whatever task you try to accomplish, propaganda is a most important tool to maximise the effect of your efforts, but the reality is that whenever your propagandising passes beyond the limits of truth, it becomes no more effective than the ramblings of a drunkard.
At the time of this year’s peaceful uprising, members of [the government] organisations disguised and joined the protest to lead the public on the wrong path, and CCTV, Lhasa TV and so on went overboard in maligning the Tibetan people in general as “Separatist Tibetans”, in opposition to reality and in defiance of the truth. This inflicted a very deep wound, difficult to heal, on both sides (Chinese and Tibetan), and caused anti-Tibetan feelings among Chinese brothers and sisters, and hatred of the Chinese among Tibetan brothers and sisters to emerge by themselves. For me, this cannot but be regarded as promoting division between nationalities.
One side (Tibetan brothers and sisters) were saying “We really had no choice but to act. We are being accused of doing things we didn’t do, and small things are being blown out of proportion and presented like that to the whole world.” Even Tibetan officials who have been working for the Party for 20 and 30 years could not stay in hotels in mainland China at that time, and mainland schools with only one or two Tibetan students followed TV stations and newspapers conditioned to conveying untruths and accepted their negative attitude towards Tibetans, criticising them, scrutinising them, and so on. So this year, those Tibetan students and officials who used to sincerely admire Chinese people, and the Party and government got a very rude shock, and resentment was planted in their hearts as if by itself. But what is this (and I am addressing those who did such things out of delusion), other than the crime of missing the point in anything you do?
At that time, the very roads along which we walk back and forth became extremely narrow, our every action entirely restricted, tracked by soldiers’ gun barrels, who upon sensing even a photo of the Dalai Lama, the joy of our hearts and foundation of our hopes, crushed it under heel on the spot, flanking it left and right, meting out strict punishments, setting deadlines, cursing us with insults and disparagements as they pleased. This is what I would describe as precisely the creation of divisions between nationalities, but try as they might to break our spirit, it will not have any effect, other than strengthening our unity and values.
I used to believe that soldiers in general were honourable guardians of national security, public unity and social service, but this year they showed themselves to be quite the opposite, chauvinists, takers of life, practised in robbery and looting, following their own code of oppression, a tough crew given to shamelessness and lawlessness (I am referring chiefly to this year’s events in Ngaba and Kanlho). My complete confidence in soldiers was completely shattered. In the case of crimes committed by some soldiers and local officials, I would say that they are the ringleaders who created division between nationalities.
And those Public Security departments, military commands and Party offices that piled up false submissions in front of the central government while taking tens and hundreds of thousands of public money as their own profit, shamelessly and lawlessly, unhesitatingly indulging in all kinds of oppression, how are they not ringleaders of Splittism? And as for those local governments who flatter their superiors and do all kinds of things out of eagerness to boost their own status, tales of their culpability also emerged.
How can the central government remain blind in one eye and deaf in one ear to these serious threats to the security and stability of the state? Even a Lama can be wrong. Leaders make mistakes too. The government can also be mistaken. The time has come for those in error to stand up before the public and recant. That would be the best way to promote the unity of nationalities and build a harmonious society, and that would give us confidence.
There are those (and this includes both Chinese and Tibetans) who say “Oh no! This nationality is so terrible. Why do they have to be so aggressive? Why did they have to make such a point of attacking and beating up our fellow citizens?”, and falsity and deception give rise to all kinds of ideas, to the point that even taxi drivers are alarmed to hear the word “Tibetan”, and have come to associate it with some kind of demonic affliction.
Generally speaking, the Chinese and Tibetan peoples may have a long history of mutual cooperation, and truly fraternal ties characterised by mutual respect and affection, but this year, by contrast, people have been poisoned by a mentality of hostility, and is that mentality liable to cement unity between peoples or destroy it?
This is something the government and the leaders should consider, is worth them considering, and for them to take suitable action would be like laying a solid foundation for national stability, rather than something they can safely ignore.