His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to flee from Tibet in 1959 for he sensed a threat to his life from the Chinese authority. I joined the Tibetan Resistance Movement in India on September 22, 1971. I experienced threat to my existence on three separate occasions from the Chinese authority that forces the Dalai Lama to live in Exile. The threat posed by China has stolen my freedom.
I have chosen the profile imageof my stolen Indian Army picture ID to describe my plight on account of my stolen freedom. My Indian Army picture ID was stolen in 1972 at Cuttack, near CharbatiaAir Base operated by Aviation Research Centre (ARC). My Indian Army picture ID was purposefully stolen because of my association with The Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW or RAW), the Intelligence Agency of India which formulated my association with The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). My stolen Indian Army ID of 1972 resurfaced in Indian Movie TE3Nin 2016. It accounts for the loss of my freedom and the fear it arouses in my heart since 1972.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE-ESTABLISHMENT NO. 22
Am a refugee but I enjoy India’s freedom: Dalai Lama
By: FE Online | Published: October 14, 2019, 4:16:48 PM
Dalai Lama has been living in India since 1959. He had to flee Tibet after he sensed a threat to his life from the Chinese authority in the wake of Tibetan uprising. Former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru offered Dalai Lama to set up the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Sunday hailed India for its freedom and said that he has been here for the last 60 years as a refugee but still enjoys the freedom that this country offers. “We already enjoy freedom in India. It’s been 60 years…one way, I am a refugee, but I enjoy India’s freedom,” he said while responding to a question on his freedom struggle for Tibet. When asked about whether he thinks that Tibetans can get freedom by living in India, Dalai Lama said that he had tried to go back to Tibet but that could not happen because there was no freedom to preserve “our own culture”. The spiritual leader said that he had also appealed to the United Nations in this regard.
“At that time Pandit (Jawahar Lal) Nehru advised me that the United Nations can not do much…sooner or later much better to approach Chinese and talk to China. I think that was realistic advice. And in 74, we decide(ed) not to take independence, (we) tried to remain within the Republic of China but we should have got certain rights (from China) for the preservation of our own culture,” he told news agency ANI.
SIN REMOVAL AND SIN DISPOSAL SERVICE-THE NEW SCAPEGOAT TRADITION:
Here is the most exciting news for ‘Whole Team’ Members. You will be able to safely and securely deposit all the blame for all your mistakes on the head of your designated “SCAPEGOAT.”
As a ‘Whole Team’ Member, my primary concern is about your Happiness and Excellence at the Workplace. But, we have to accept the realities of life.
WHAT IS SIN?
In common usage, the word ‘Sin’ refers to the blame attached to any behavior or action that is not acceptable to established standards. At the Workplace, there are over one hundred rules of conduct and behavior; the terms and conditions for workplace behavior and conduct are explicitly stated. It is not easy to avoid blame or ‘sin’ while you work for wages or salary. The workplace often uses a scoring system by awarding points for each type of misconduct and the points earned will invariably lead to corrective action which includes dismissal from service.
My idea is not about changing workplace terms and conditions for employment. I am proposing an original plan for ‘Sin Removal’ and ‘Sin Disposal’ Service that will promote the ‘Whole Team’ Member’s happiness to boost up the wage earner’s excellence in the performance of the workplace tasks.
My proposal for ‘Sin Removal’ and ‘Sin Disposal’ Service would have the following features:
1. An Official “SCAPEGOAT” of the Whole Team,
2. An Official ‘High Priest’, a designated ‘Team Leader’ or a designated ‘Facility Team Leader’ who is given the powers by the Employer to “TRANSFER” the blame and sin of any given employee and place it on the head of the “ScapeGoat”,
3. An official designated day of ‘Atonement’ or on the “Team Member Appreciation Day”, the “ScapeGoat” will be dispatched to the Desert to safely and securely dispose of all the blame and sin, and
4. On successful conclusion of the Mission, “ScapeGoat” returns to the workplace from the Desert.
We have to carefully understand the Biblical principles and practices to save people from punishment and harsh retaliation for their sinful conduct and behavior. While the Bible recommends a very rigid conduct code, it uses a flexible approach while giving punishment. Bible does not always demand punitive or retaliatory action while it deals with the problem of sinful conduct.
The Old Testament Book of ‘LEVITICUS’, Chapter 16, verses 7 – 26 gives a very detailed description of the practice called “THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.” The Bible gives the man a second chance, a chance to atone, redeem, and save himself for his shortcomings.
It is very interesting to find that the Bible has devised a mechanism to transfer the sins of an individual, or even a large group of individuals and place the burden on the head of an innocent creature whose life is spared while it finds an opportunity to dispose of the sins in a place far away from the community.
“But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat(Leviticus 16:10).” Further, the Bible carefully describes the entire practice by which sin can be transferred. “He(the High Priest) is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – all their sins – and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert(Leviticus 16:21-22).”
It is very clear that the Bible does not intend to punish or retaliate against the scapegoat which is used for Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service and Bible insists that the life of the scapegoat must be protected by appointing a man for the task of dispatching it into the wilderness or desert.
I am applying the Biblical Tradition of Atonement to solve the problems of our Whole Team Members at the workplace. These hourly wage-earners who make a living on their labor or physical exertion deserve some help to get rid of the burden imposed by citations that they receive for violations of the workplace code of conduct and behavior. It should be understood that these workplace violations may not imply the violation of State or Federal Laws and may not be reported as State or Federal Crimes.
We need a flexible approach and we need a corrective action that may include the opportunity to transfer the blame and sin accrued by an employee to a blameless employee and give the employees the second chance. My proposal for Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service is unique and is the first of its own kind. In the entire US history, no person has ever shared my concept of protecting happiness and excellence in the workplace performance of employees by simply transferring, removing, and safely disposing of the sin burden by literally using another blameless employee as a “ScapeGoat.” To protect the life and well-being of the “ScapeGoat” the Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service needs refinement of the Biblical practice.
The Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service using the “ScapeGoat” is a vital Mission for ensuring the productivity and efficiency at the workplace as the employees cannot find happiness and excellence if they have to shoulder the burden of sin for violations of the code for conduct and behavior determined by the employer. At the same time, it must be realized that the “ScapeGoat” is not a sacrificial goat. I have carefully selected the desert near Las Vegas City, Nevada as the destination of the “ScapeGoat” to release its burden of sins in the wilderness.
There are several tactical advantages in choosing Las Vegas as the destination of the “ScapeGoat” to dump its burden of sin. Las Vegas has clearly established its reputation as “Sin City” and hence the City cannot object or restrict the Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service that involves using the desert near Las Vegas. Secondly, the City promoted itself using the Slogan, “WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS.”
For the successful execution of my ScapeGoat Mission, it is important that the sin that is removed and disposed of must not return to the workplace. Las Vegas makes an open commitment and promises that “What Happens In VEGAS, Stays In VEGAS.”
THE BIBLICAL LEGEND ABOUT “ESCAPED GOAT”:
The phrase “ScapeGoat” was coined by William Tyndale in 1530. Tyndale was an English reformer and translator of the Bible. His work is the basis for the Authorized or King James Version of the Bible of 1611. But, unfortunately, he was executed for heresy in 1536. He could not get the chance or fortune to be a “ScapeGoat” and he carried the burden for the faults of the Church and its Clergy.
The phrase combines Scape + Goat and it is probably derived from Latin. Caper Emissarius which means Emissary Goat, or Greek. Tragos Aperchomenos which means Departing Goat. In Hebrew tradition, the phrase is derived from “Sair Laazazel” which means a “Goat that Leaves.” But, the Hebrew word “AZAZEL” also refers to the name of a ‘Desert Demon’. In Hebrew, the phrase was coined to imply that the “ScapeGoat” is always a He-Goat and that the “She-Goat” or “EZ + AZAZEL had already left or escaped. The Emissary Goat or the Departing Goat has a purpose for it is sent to the wilderness to meet “AZAZEL” the Escaped She-Goat or its transformation, a Desert Demon. There is some connection between the Escaped She-Goat and the Desert Demon. To seek atonement, the Hebrew tradition is placing the burden of sins on a He-Goat and then releasing it in the desert or wilderness where it may have the opportunity to find the She-Goat or the Desert Demon which may eventually accept the burden of Sin delivered by the He-Goat. In my view, the safe and secure Sin Removal, and Sin Disposal Service may need an unknown Desert Demon or a She-Goat or a Female Deity who specializes in disposing of the burdens of human Sin.
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PM Modi should encourage Beijing to talk to the Tibetans, and facilitate a Xi-Dalai Lama meeting
ANALYSIS Updated: Oct 08, 2019 19:25 IST
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to arrive soon for his second informal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The coming summit is taking place in the backdrop of important developments on which the two countries have taken confronting stands.
While China advised restraint on rising tensions with Pakistan following the Pulwama and Balakot episodes, it has openly criticized India on the recent constitutional and administrative changes in Jammu and Kashmir. It reiterated its claim on all of Ladakh, stating the changes violated China’s territorial integrity which it would not “idly watch”. It supported Pakistan in the United Nations and has additionally objected to the army exercise currently underway in Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims as its own. So, apart from the usual irritants in bilateral relations such as the border dispute and trade imbalance, not much progress is expected on the traditional faultlines in Sino-Indian relations.
Even though Tibet does not seem to figure on the agenda, the meeting will be followed by a particular interest in Dharamshala. This follows misgivings in some Tibetan quarters that New Delhi is gradually diluting its support to the Tibetan cause. This impression gained ground following the government’s direction to tone down the “Thank You India” program that the central Tibetan administration had planned in January 2018, and the subsequent directive that elected leaders and senior government officials should avoid sharing a public platform with the Dalai Lama. The recent war of words over the issue of Dalai Lama’s reincarnation has led to questions about whether there is an adequate realization, willingness, and preparation within the Government of India to thwart China’s design to ultimately install its own candidate in Potala Palace.
Though the Dalai Lama has spoken of various possibilities regarding his reincarnation, he has consistently rejected any Chinese government role in the process. He has stated that if he reincarnates, it will be in a free country, thereby ruling out China or Chinese-controlled Tibet. He has instructed Tibetans to reject any Chinese appointee as an imposter. The Chinese have been equally emphatic, declaring that choosing the next Dalai Lama is their historical prerogative. Chinese officials conveyed a blunt message to the Government of India by visiting Indian journalists that New Delhi’s failure to not recognize Beijing’s candidate would adversely affect bilateral ties.
To the Tibetans, the struggle to choose the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation reflects the struggle for the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism. More than political, the Tibetan struggle is a civilizational one for the survival of its unique culture and identity. It is sustained by a deep attachment to their spiritual leaders, the highest of whom is the Dalai Lama. China has not been able to dilute this loyalty to any significant extent. Its experiment to install an imposter Panchen Lama has failed. Attempts to mold an indoctrinated monastic order have also not succeeded. Its repressive measures indicate China remains wary of civil unrest of the kind that erupted in Tibet in 2008.
An authoritarian regime cannot countenance an institution not under its control. Therefore, appointing its own Dalai Lama is a strategic priority. What has encouraged Beijing to vehemently assert its intentions is its perception that international support for Tibet is flagging, and with its political and economic clout, it can deter countries from coming forward on the issue. It perhaps also believes that Tibetans, who identify all hopes and aspirations with the person of the 14th Dalai Lama, will not only be demoralized at his passing on, but also fragment into ineffectual uncoordinated groups, bereft of financial and political backers.
For New Delhi to acquiesce to any such Chinese design would be a folly. It must not fall prey to arguments that the passing on of the Dalai Lama would remove an obstacle to border settlement and normalize relations with China. Given its policy of regaining its lost territories, assertions on Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, its military build-up in Tibet, plans to build dams and divert river waters, and its undermining of India in its neighborhood, there can be no assuaging China. On the contrary, supporting the Tibetans strengthens India’s hand in dealing with China. New Delhi should take immediate steps to ascertain the Dalai Lama’s wishes on his reincarnation, and act proactively to ensure these will be endorsed by not just the Tibetans but for the Buddhist world at large. The US Congress has already passed the “Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019”, which has officially declared China has no role in selecting the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.
Some Chinese scholars have argued that the approach to suppress Tibetan civilizational aspirations has neither succeeded nor is likely to. This should be our advice too to President Xi. The time has come for India to encourage China to convert its intermittent contacts with the Dalai Lama into formal or structured talks to find an acceptable solution. A bold step for Modi could be to facilitate a meeting between Xi Jinping and the Dalai Lama, like the one the latter held with Premier Chou en-Lai in New Delhi in 1956.
Amitabh Mathur is a former adviser to the ministry of home affairs on Tibetan affairs. The views expressed are personal
Tibetan government passes a resolution on ‘reincarnation of Dalai Lama’
Tibetan parliament-in-exile speaker Pema Jungney. Photograph:( ANI ) Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India Oct 06, 2019, 04.47 PM (IST)
In a strong message to China, Tibetan government-in-exile has passed a resolution reaffirming that the successor of Dalai Lama will be chosen by the spiritual leader himself and no nation has locus standi on the issue.
“No nation, government, entity or any individual can claim to recognize the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The final authority on decisions regarding the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama rests indisputably and completely with His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself and the concerned authorities of the Gaden Phodrang Trust,” Speaker Pema Jungney, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, told ANI on Saturday.
The resolution comes days ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.
Jungney made these remarks after a special meeting by Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile-at the Tibetan headquarters.
During the meeting, the two-page resolution was adopted which outrightly rejected China’s preposterous interference in the institution of Tibetan reincarnation and affirms the supreme authority of the Dalai Lama over Tibetan Buddhism.
The official document further challenged China’s advancing measures of control over Tibetan Buddhism and expressed outright rejection and contempt of the Order Number 5, a regulation issued in 2007 by China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA) for the so-called “management of the reincarnation of living Buddhas”.
The meeting was attended by 340 Tibetan authorities representing the three pillars of Tibetan democracy: The Kashag (cabinet); Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.
The resolution comes days ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.
THE CELEBRATION IN LHASA FOR 70 YEARS OF COMMUNISM IN ASIA
The birth of the People’s Republic of China on October 01, 1949 marks the beginning of a new era in the geopolitics of the world. The spread of Communism to Asia triggered the Cold War in Asia. For Tibetans, it is indeed a horrible nightmare that has come true. In Lhasa, Tibetans celebrated the 70th birth anniversary of China with hopes that the occupation will end soon.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
Special Frontier Force
Tibet celebrates PRC’s 70th anniversary
By Palden Nyima and Daqiong in Lhasa, Tibet Updated: 2019-09-29
More than 4,000 people gathered Sunday in Potala Palace Square in Tibet autonomous region for a celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which falls Oct 1.
Government officials, farmers, herders, students, soldiers, policeman, and monks attended, carrying miniatures national flags and holding flowers and khadak, white silk representing purity.
They sang the national anthem, listened to speeches and danced in unison.
Over the 70 years Communist Party of China leadership, people in Tibet have driven historic change, said Wu Yingjie, the region’s Party secretary, during the ceremony.
According to Wu, the region’s GDP has soared from 129 million yuan ($18 million) in 1951 to 147 billion yuan in 2018.
Urban residents’ per-capita disposable income reached 33,797 yuan in 2018, while that of rural residents hit 11,450 yuan, said Wu.
Dekyi Medog, a singer from the region, said on this the year of China’s 70th anniversary, she wanted to bless the country with her songs.
“I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the motherland and the Party, and I wish my country more prosperity and flourishing in the future,” she said.
Basang Drolma, a student representative from the region’s Lhasa Middle School, said she was honored and pleased to live and study in the new era.
Thanks to the leadership of the Communist Party of China, Tibet has launched democratic reform, socialism construction and the reform and opening-up policy, she said.
The people of the region have left poverty far behind and have been enjoying wealth and progress in the new era, she said.
In Physics, Power/Energy/Force is not associated with gender. But, when living things exist as male and female, description of Power/Energy/Force may have gender association. In Indian tradition, ‘Deva’ means God and ‘Devi’ means Goddess. Devi in Indian tradition is the personification of God’s Supreme Power/Force/ Energy or ‘SHAKTI’. To fully account for human existence, man needs two distinct or separate Principles that come together to produce the harmonious singular identity of the man. The issue is not about God’s gender. Father Principle is called Originating Principle. Mother Principle is called Source Principle, for Mother is Source of Matter, Energy, and Knowledge to establish Life. Father provides Identity to human form, Mother provides Substance, the structural and functional basis of the human form.
During 2019, Indians celebrate ‘DEVI NAVRATRI’ or ‘SHARAD NAVRATRI’ from Sunday, September 29, to Monday, October 7. The term ‘Nav’ or ‘Nava’ means Nine. ‘Ratri’ means night. This celebration happens in the lunar month called ‘ASVAYUJA’ ( or ASHWAYUJA – September – October), the month in which Full Moon Day is associated with the first star (Tithi) called ‘ASVINI’ in Indian Astrology. The name “SHARDIYA” refers to the name of the Season or “RITU” called Sharad Ritu or Autumn.
Devi or Shakti is often called ‘DURGA’ for She is the embodiment of great strength. She is also called BHADRAKALI, JAGADAMBA, ANNAPURNA, SARVA MANGALA, BHAIRAVI, CHANDIKA, LALITA, BHAVANI, AND MOOKAMBIKA. During the 9-Night or Navratri festival, Indians worship nine different forms of Goddess Durga with 1,000 names. She is simply adored as Divine Mother and often addressed as ‘MOTHER'(“MATA” or “MAA”) whatever may be the name or form She assumed on different occasions.
Goddess Shakti has three Supreme Forms called DURGA, SARASVATI, and LAKSHMI. In India, traditions vary from region to region. First 3 – days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, following 3-days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and concluding 3-days are dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati or Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Speech. Friday, October 04, 2019, the Sixth Day or Shashthi ‘NAVARATRI’ is dedicated to Goddess called ‘KATYANI'(legendary daughter of a devotee by name ‘KATA’). On this day, Goddess Sarasvati is worshipped for this day is associated with a Nakshatra(Star) called ‘MOOLA’.
Tibet puts environmental protection at top of agenda
Liang Kaiyan, China Daily
24 SEPTEMBER 2019 • 1:15PM
Occupied Tibet is one of Red China’s most important green protection zones
Dubbed the “roof of the world”, “the Earth’s third pole” and “the water tower of Asia”, the Occupied Tibet is one of Red China’s keyenvironmental protection zones, and the Occupied Region’s government has put its shoulder to the wheel to ensure its land is protected.
“Tibet boasts tremendous assets and advantages in the environment,” said Luo Jie, head of the Occupied Region’s department of ecological environment. “Its ecology is a name card for the region and is the impetus to promotegreendevelopment.”Tibet is used as a regulating zone for climate change in Asia and the Eastern Hemisphere
According to the department’s 2018 report, 98.2 percent of days that year were classified as “good” in terms of air quality, up 0.7 percentage points from 2017. Tibet’s capital city Lhasa ranked No 4 of 168 cities in Red China in terms of environmental quality.
As a main part of the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, Tibet is used as a regulating zone for climate change in Asia and the Eastern Hemisphere.
The Occupied Region plays an irreplaceable role in keeping China’s climate stable, it’s freshwater safe and the country’s ecological diversity, according to environmental officials in Tibet.
Red China’s central government has required the Occupied Region to attach special importance to ecological protection and the improvement of social welfare.
It also called on the Occupied Region to protect the environment with the strictest measures and compensation policies.
Tibetan people have the tradition of respecting and protecting the natural environment, and have actively participated in environmental protection, Luo said.
“The beauty and sound ecology of Tibet and its achievements in ecological construction have helpedboostlocals’ livelihoods,” Luo said.
In January, Qizhala, chairman of the Occupied Region’s government, said in a government report that the region has continued to improve ecological compensation.
The government has provided up to 667,000 ecology-related jobs and an ecology-related subsidy for residents of 3,500 yuan (£404) per capita in 2018.
The Occupied Region’s government completed all of its annual tasks for environmental governance, according to the report.
In 2009, the State Council approved the Occupied Region’s ecological protection and construction plan for 2008-30 which promotes the construction of 10 important environmental protection projects.
By the end of 2018, the Occupied Region had invested 10.7 billion yuan in constructing these projects.
Last year, the Occupied Region built seven county-level ecological zones, 40 ecological towns, and 449 ecological villages, with a particular focus on atmospheric, water and soil pollution.
The Occupied Region has also improved its governance in industry, agriculture, finding the sources of pollution on the water ecosystem. It has carried out environmental management and evaluations in 825 villages in rural areas.
In response to Red China’s afforestation initiative, Tibet has implemented a number of greening programs.
Trees have been planted in 863 villages that used to have none, and forest coverage has increased to 12.14 percent of the lofty region’s landmass.
In 2018, trees were planted across 185,250 acres, and 37,709 acres of farmland was reclassified as forest.
At present about 560,690 acres of forests, 10.65 million acres of wetlands and more than 11.26 million acres of natural grasslands are under strict protection.
As one of the areas with the most biological diversity in the world, Tibet is also a crucial gene bank.
The Occupied Region has 47 natural reserves, including 11 at the national level. The reserves account for 34.35 percent of the region’s land area and rank Tibet first in the country.
A total of 125 rare species of wild animals and 39 rare species of wild plants are protected in the reserves.
Tibet has one of the purest landscapes on the planet, according to a white paper from the State Council.
“At present, as Tibet has entered a phase of high-speed growth, the courses of environmental protection and ecological construction are not without their risks,” Luo said, adding that environmental protection should be prioritized during development.
Compared with other regions in Red China, the ecology in Tibet is more sensitive, so environmental protection is more critical, he said.
“Ecological protection should be further enhanced through laws and regulations and strengthened supervision for law enforcement,” Luo added.
In his government report, Qizhala said the Occupied Region would continue to promote environmental protection, improve standards for energy consumption and carbon emissions, to ensure that more than 95 percent of the year would have good air quality.
Tibet will continue to push forward efforts in building itself into an ecologically sound region through sustained measures, strict supervision and public participation, according to a local plan.
SEPTEMBER 22–THIS DAY IN HISTORY–THE DREAM FOR FREEDOM TRANSFORMS INTO AN ORDEAL OF SLAVERY
On September 22, 1971, I was Taken on Strength (TOS) of Establishment No. 22, Special Frontier Force, a military organization created in response to ‘The Cold War in Asia.’
On September 22, 2019, I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan to welcome the first day of Fall Season. Today, I claim that my Dream for Freedom in Occupied Tibet transformed into an ordeal of Slavery in a nation which abolished Slavery with a presidential proclamation on September 22.
On September 22, 1971, I had the freedom to reject my posting to Establishment No. 22. I was given the choice to choose or decline rendering military service in support of Freedom in Occupied Tibet.
The choice to serve in Establishment No. 22 comes with risks for its military mission differs from the military mission of the Indian Army which I joined to defend India from attacks by foreign aggressors.
It may appear that I am making my own choices in accepting calculated risks to my life. On September 22, 2019, I am still struggling to reconcile with the choices I made in the past. Now, I must reconcile with the reality of my Slavery while living in a country which sponsored my quest for Freedom in Occupied Tibet.
On September 22, 2019, I have no hope that I may arrive at the final destination of my life. Chakrata in Uttarakhand, India represents the struggle ahead, a struggle waiting for me before I can arrive at the final destination of my life.
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, shortly after Lincoln’s inauguration as America’s 16th president, he maintained that the war was about restoring the Union and not about slavery. He avoided issuing an anti-slavery proclamation immediately, despite the urgings of abolitionists and radical Republicans, as well as his personal belief that slavery was morally repugnant. Instead, Lincoln chose to move cautiously until he could gain wide support from the public for such a measure.
In July 1862, Lincoln informed his cabinet that he would issue an emancipation proclamation but that it would exempt the so-called border states, which had slaveholders but remained loyal to the Union. His cabinet persuaded him not to make the announcement until after a Union victory. Lincoln’s opportunity came following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. On September 22, the president announced that slaves in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free.
On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African-Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery. It became impossible for anti-slavery nations such as Great Britain and France, who had been friendly to the Confederacy, to get involved on behalf of the South. The proclamation also unified and strengthened Lincoln’s party, the Republicans, helping them stay in power for the next two decades.
The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).
Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is announced
Motivated by his growing concern for the inhumanity of slavery as well as practical political concerns, President Abraham Lincoln changes the course of the war and American history by issuing the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Announced a week after the nominal Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg, Maryland.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019. MY PASSION FOR FREEDOM IN TIBET WHICH BEGAN AT CHAKRATA DOES NOT RECONCILE WITH MY SLAVERY OF TODAY. THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF CHAKRATA PLAYED NO ROLE IN THE CHOICE I MADE ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1971.
Chakrata is not the final destination of my life. It is just the beginning of a struggle that remains ahead, both in terms of time and location.
TIBET IS THE KEY FOR BALANCE OF POWER IN ASIA. #TIBETEQUILIBRIUM
In my analysis, it is not “Geometry” but it is “Geography” that Matters to secure the Balance of Power in Asia. I coined the phrase “Tibet Equilibrium,” #TibetEquilibrium to signify the importance of the landmass to achieve Power Equilibrium in Asia.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
Pentagon steps up efforts to counter China’s rising power
Maritime operations, missile tests, landing exercises: the Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China’s growing military power, seen increasingly as a threat.
On Friday an American warship approached the Paracel Islands, an island chain claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, to affirm international “freedom of navigation” in the region.
The USS Wayne E. Meyer, a guided-missile destroyer, passed near the islands to contest Beijing’s sweeping claims to the seas around the archipelago, which is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.
The Chinese claim would block “innocent passage” by other countries’ ships and is “not permitted by international law,” a US Seventh Fleet spokeswoman, Commander Reann Mommsen, said.
Friday’s was the sixth “freedom of navigation operation” — or FONOPS in naval jargon — this year, a clear acceleration in pace.
There were a total of eight in 2017 and 2018 and only six during the entire Obama presidency.
On Wednesday, the US Marine Corps announced it had conducted exercises on the Japanese islet of Tori Shima, hundreds of miles south of Tokyo, to practice landings on “hostile” shores and the seizure of landing strips.
“This type of raid gives the commanders in the Indo-Pacific region the ability to project power and conduct expeditionary operations in a potentially contested littoral environment,” one of the officers in charge, Commander Anthony Cesaro, said in a statement.
Such a forthright description, coming from a Pentagon hardly known for unguarded talk, reflects the fresh impetus Defense Secretary Mark Esper has given to the US policy of “strategic rivalry” with China and Russia.
Esper, who chose Asia for his first overseas trip only weeks after being sworn in as Pentagon chief, has made clear that the US wants to rapidly deploy new missiles in Asia — possibly within months — to counter China’s rising military power.
– To ‘change the geometry’ –
On Thursday, acting US army secretary Ryan McCarthy, speaking in a Senate confirmation hearing, defended the development of such new missiles.
He said the new medium-range conventional missiles Washington wants to develop — now that the US is no longer constrained by the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which the Trump administration abandoned last year — would “change the geometry within Southeast Asia.”
“If we can get the appropriate partnerships, expeditionary basing rights with partners within the region,” McCarthy said, “we can change the geometry and basically reverse anti-access, area-denial capabilities that have been invested by near-peer competitors” — jargon for pushing back against sovereignty claims by China and Russia.
And in late August, Washington formally established its Space Command, or Spacecom, a new unified command charged with ensuring US domination in space, where China has been increasingly active.
Beijing rattled US military officials in 2007 when it launched a missile that located and then destroyed a Chinese satellite, in a dramatic demonstration of China’s growing ability to militarize space.