法王新闻 | 11月


Tibet Sun: India still hasn't issued visa to Karmapa to attend conference

India has not yet issued a visa to the Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to attend a Tibetan religious leaders’ conference at the end of this month in McLeod Ganj, India.
印度仍未向噶玛巴邬金钦列多杰签发签证,以便于他本月底在印度McLeod Ganj参加西藏宗教领袖会议。

The Karmapa in March acquired citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica and received a passport of that country. Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is an island country in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea.

After acquiring the passport, the Karmapa tried to surrender his previous travel document at the Indian Consulate in New York City. The Government of India issues a travel document called an Identity Certificate (IC, popularly known as “Yellow Book”) in place of a passport for Tibetans in India.

However he was told that since the Consulate didn’t have instructions from Delhi, they couldn’t accept the surrender of his IC.

Rules pertaining to the Identity Certificate require that a person holding the document surrender it to the nearest passport-issuing authority of India after acquiring citizenship of another country. The IC ceases to be valid after citizenship of another country is acquired.

After several attempts to surrender the IC had been refused by the Indian Consulate in NYC, the Karmapa wrote a letter in mid-October to the Consulate requesting that they accept the surrender of the IC, and grant a visa to visit India on his new passport so that he could attend the conference.

The consulate has not yet responded to his letter, Tibet Sun has learned.

The three-day Tibetan Buddhist leaders’ conference from 29 November, convened by the Dalai Lama, will be held at the T-Building (a new administrative building, nicknamed “5-50 Building”) within the premises of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala.

The Print: Is the Karmapa Lama a Chinese spy? India still can’t decide after 18 years
印度报纸《The Print》11月06日报道:噶玛巴是中国间谍?印度18年后仍旧难以决定

India has still not decided whether it should give the Karmapa Lama a visa to attend a conference called by the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala.

he death of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, a confidante of the Dalai Lama, from liver cancer last week in a San Francisco hospital, is deeply distressing for three reasons.

First, Lodi was the gentlest and toughest of people, capable of overturning dearly held credos, like the independence of Tibet, in favour of the ‘Middle Path’ espoused by the Tibetan spiritual leader. Second, he knew China better than almost all other Tibetans in exile, having held six rounds of talks with the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party between 2002-2008, before the Chinese called them off.

And third, he also probably understood India better than most Tibetans in exile, leaving his beloved Dalai Lama for a second exile in Bangkok a few years ago, just like his much younger fellow Tibetan, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the Karmapa Lama.

Also read: 2 Karmapas are uniting and it’s time for India to deal with it in a mature way
另请阅读: 两个噶玛巴正在联合,印度应该以成熟的方式处理它

For the last one year, the Karmapa has been living in the US, meeting followers, offering his teachings and being treated medically for hypertension. Then, in May, he acquired a passport from the Commonwealth of Dominica Republic, a tiny island in the West Indies with a geographical area of 750 sq km.
在过去的一年里,噶玛巴一直生活在美国,会见追随者,提供他的教诲,并在医学上接受高血压治疗。然后,在5月,他 从多米尼克获得了一本护照,这是西印度群岛的一个小岛,地理面积为750平方公里。

It is a crying shame that India, literally, drove the Karmapa out. The security establishment led by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval continues to believe that the Karmapa, who fled from Tibet as a 14-year-old in 2000 – that daring escape itself is a move of gigantic Bollywood proportions – is a Chinese spy, “because he couldn’t have escaped the impenetrable Chinese security in the depth of winter”.
印度真的把噶玛巴赶走了,这真是令人遗憾的耻辱。由国家安全顾问阿吉特·多瓦尔领导的安全机构继续认为, 2000年14岁时逃离西藏的噶玛巴 - 大胆逃脱本身就是一个庞大的宝莱坞片子 - 是中国间谍,“因为他无法在深冬逃脱中国难以逾越的安防“。

Even when the Dalai Lama recognised him as the authentic Karmapa Lama, as the head of the influential Karma Kagyu sect (one of four sects in Tibetan Buddhism, different from the Gelugpa sect to which the Dalai Lama belongs), India’s security establishment continued to treat him shabbily.
即使达赖喇嘛承认 他是真正的噶玛巴,作为有影响力的噶玛噶举派的领袖(藏传佛教的四个教派之一,与达赖喇嘛所属的格鲁派不同),印度的安全机构继续不公正地对待他。

It is a measure of the security agencies’ enormous power and influence that not one politician with oversight – neither home minister Rajnath Singh nor external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj – has had the courage to take a different view on the tangled Karmapa issue, because of Doval’s perceived proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Also read: India once thought this monk was a Chinese spy. Now, Modi govt will welcome him back
另请阅读: 印度曾经认为这位僧人是中国间谍。现在,莫迪政府将欢迎他回来

As a citizen of Dominica, the Karmapa now wants to give up his Indian identity card. A month ago he applied to do so at the Indian consulate in New York, but was told by officers that they “were awaiting instructions from Delhi and would not be able to accept it”.

Question is, if India believes that the Karmapa is a Chinese spy, then why would they not take back his identity card? Since the Karmapa has done them a favour by leaving, why are they so desperate now to get him back?

The answer lies in Delhi’s muddled self-perceptions. Narendra Modi believes he is the only leader capable of challenging China— but the irony is that by giving up the Karmapa, he is falling in line with what the Chinese want, which is, separate the Tibetan community-in-exile from India and weaken the historical connections between the two.
答案在于德里混乱的自我认知。莫迪认为他是唯一能够挑战中国的领导者 - 但具有讽刺意味的是,放弃噶玛巴,他正在与中国人想要的一致,即将西藏流亡社区与印度分开并削弱两者之间的历史联系。

Second, Modi’s claims of India being a regional leader are watered down by his inability to keep safely the leader of one of the most respected schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

The flight of several Tibetan leaders as well as ordinary people from India to the US in recent years – even Lodi Gyari, who lived in India most of his life after he escaped with his parents and the Dalai Lama in 1959, didn’t come home to say goodbye before he went to the US for medical treatment – is a bitter manifestation of the fact that India is becoming a second choice for the Tibetan community.

The unfortunate truth is that it is the US, not India, which is increasingly being seen as a refuge by Tibetans escaping China. From more than 150,000 refugees, as per 2011 records, the Tibetan community has dwindled to 85,000 people inside India.

Back to the Karmapa. He now wants to come to India for a conference of all the Tibetan monk lineages called by the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala on 28-29 November. He needs a visa to do so, now that he has a foreign passport. But Delhi will neither give him a visa, nor take back his identity papers. At the same time, it believes the Karmapa is a Chinese spy.

The confused nature of Delhi’s strategic thinking has never been so apparent.