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Tintin in Tawang

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Tintin in Tibet

Tintin visited Tibet in 1958, about an year before the Dalai Lama had to flee in the wake of the Chinese invasion. Tintin loved the country and wanted to revisit. Upset by the title of his memoir published in 1960 (‘Tintin in Tibet’), the Chinese government banned Tintin and Snowy from traveling to Tibet through a special proclamation signed by the Chairman himself. In 2001, China allowed the publication of a Chinese-language version of the by-then famous book with a slightly different title – ‘Tintin in China’s Tibet’. Most Chinese came to love Tintin for his bravery when he traveled to Tibet in 1958 to save Chang Chong-Chen, his Chinese friend. Yet, the Party still held a grouse, for it was Tintin who popularized the word ‘Tibet’ across the world. Had it not been for him, China would have succeeded in its sinister plan to re-name Tibet as ‘The Liberated Land’.

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November 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Liberation from Serfdom?!

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Fifty years ago, the central government of China foiled an armed rebellion that started on March 10 by the Dalai Lama and his supporters to block reform of the feudal serfdom in Tibet and split the region from China. On March 28, 1959, a new local Tibetan government was formed, freeing millions of Tibetan serfs and slaves, who accounted for more than 90 percent of the population in the region at that time. The Dalai Lama and his followers, since their exile, have continued to pursue either disguised or undisguised activities to separate Tibet from China and restore feudal serfdom in the region.

Despite how ridiculous the above may sound, this is exactly what the Chinese government would like their 1.3Bn people to believe. The above extract is from Xinhua but all other media outlets in China are unsurprisingly consistent too. 

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March 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Doordarshan Years

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I sometimes think my generation is perhaps the last one in India to remember what I should call the Doordarshan years (pre-1991). People born after us would not appreciate the pre-eminence of Doordarshan in our childhoods and people born before us were too old to enjoy sending SMS’s to their friends at the turn of this century. In that sense, we are unique as we straddle both the eras and carry life experiences from opposite ends of the spectrum. Our youth was spent on the cusp of an old India embracing a new one: the late nineties and early years of this century (roughly, 1995-2005).

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October 12, 2008 at 9:19 pm