Would putting the Dalai Lama back in power really "Free Tibet"?

Pradyumna Karan, sympathetic to the old order, admits that "a great deal of real estate belonged to the monasteries, and most of them amassed great riches. . . . In addition, individual monks and lamas were able to accumulate great wealth through active participation in trade, commerce, and money lending."

A Tibetan lord would often take his pick of females in the serf population, if we are to believe one 22-year old woman, herself a runaway serf: "All pretty serf girls were usually taken by the owner as house servants and used as he wished." They "were just slaves without rights."

In addition to being under a lifetime bond to work the lord’s land—or the monastery’s land—without pay, the serfs were obliged to repair the lord’s houses, transport his crops, and collect his firewood. They were also expected to provide carrying animals and transportation on demand.
There were taxes for religious festivals, for singing, dancing, drumming, and bell ringing. People were taxed for being sent to prison and upon being released. Even beggars were taxed.
In the Dalai Lama’s Tibet, torture and mutilation—including eye gouging, the pulling out of tongues, hamstringing, and amputation of arms and legs–were favored punishments inflicted upon thieves, runaway serfs, and other "criminals." Journeying through Tibet in the 1960s, Stuart and Roma Gelder interviewed a former serf, Tsereh Wang Tuei, who had stolen two sheep belonging to a monastery. For this he had both his eyes gouged out and his hand mutilated beyond use. He explains that he no longer is a Buddhist: "When a holy lama told them to blind me I thought there was no good in religion." [19] Some Western visitors to Old Tibet remarked on the number of amputees to be seen. Since it was against Buddhist teachings to take human life, some offenders were severely lashed and then "left to God" in the freezing night to die. "The parallels between Tibet and medieval Europe are striking," concludes Tom Grunfeld in his book on Tibet.
By the way, I’m not saying the Communists in Tibet are any better. They are exploiting people as well. Just trying to make a point here. People (celebrities like Richard Gere and the Beastie Boys) go on and on about freeing Tibet. Do they turn a blind eye to the faults of the Dalai Lama’s ruling class?


3 Responses to “Would putting the Dalai Lama back in power really "Free Tibet"?”

  1. spamandham Says:

    I’m not aware of any theocracies that have ever observed even the most basic of human rights. They’re generally worse than military dictatorships.

  2. shehawke Says:

    Hmmm. Interesting. So they had the foundation of peace, but abused the power and things were very mideival. Of course, our current president would like things to be the same way and is working on this as we speak. The shrub is the next hitler, mark my words.

  3. AznDonut Says:

    No, the llama must never return to Tibet. Glory to the Superior Chinese Imperialist Society and Dominance in Tibet! heck, rob the monastaries and melt the gold. Better for the Chinese population. They should have a contest with poor Chinese peasants taking all they can from those places. Tivbet shall be forever crushed under the new Chinese Order. That’s why everyone is now mostly COMMUNIST in Tibet. Tibet belongs to China and you now it. Glory to the New Chinese Empire in Tibet. Crush those monks who rebel and spread the virtues of Marx and Engels. End the llama’s influence!