27 years ago, China kidnapped the 11th Panchen Lama
On May 14, 1995, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet recognized Gedun Choeki Nyama as the 11th Panchen Lama, the second-highest Tibetan religious leader. According to a report by news agency ANI, he was abducted three days later and till date there is no trace of him. This forced abduction by the Chinese government 27 years ago remains a mystery even today. The Chinese Communist Party government had not only kidnapped the 11th Panchen Lama, but also his entire family. About which nothing has been known till date. Don’t even know if the 11th Panchan Lama has been kept alive or something really bad has been done to him?
One of the most horrific incidents of kidnapping
The abduction of a lama by the Chinese government is one of the longest-running cases of enforced disappearance in the world, the agency said, citing the Tibetan press. China’s every move is suspect because the CCP not only disappeared the Panchen Lama with his entire family, but also forcibly replaced him with a Panchen Lama of his choice and forced the Tibetans to accept him or at least pretend to. The world said that he stamped the mask of CCP to be the Panchen Lama.
‘Jinping is trying to erase the identity of Tibetans’
Now a Tibetan delegation has raised the issue of China’s atrocities against Tibetans in Canada’s House of Commons on Foreign Affairs and International Development, including the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama and other concerns of the Tibetan population. About the attack on the Tibetan language, the exiled Tibetan leader Penpa Tsering has said that the Tibetan language and religion came from India. “When Hu Jintao became president, he implemented a dual language,” he said. But, he was fine. You also had to learn different languages. But, since Xi Jinping came to power, there is now one nation, one language and one culture. With this policy, the Chinese Communist Party is also destroying our roots i.e. identity.
‘Scary things under Xi Jinping’
He added, “We know this is a political decision by the Chinese government, as it is also related to the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Because, there is a mutual recognition of incarnations between the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. Personally, I think that China made a huge strategic mistake by not recognizing the young boy Gedun Chokyi Naima, who was recognized by His Holiness. If China had done this, it could have kept the child under its control. According to Fall’s report, Penpa Tsering also rejected these efforts by the Chinese government, insisting that Tibet be recognized as part of China. He said – ‘The situation under President Xi Jinping is looking so serious that the possibility of talks in the near future seems very difficult.’ He urged the committee to pass a unanimous resolution to resume Sino-Tibet dialogue.
Penpa is the Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration
Penpa is also the Sikyong (head) of the Central Tibetan Administration. He was recently on his first visit to Washington since his election last year. He was elected to the post of Sikyong last year on April 11, 2021 and is the democratically elected leader of the Tibetans. Penpa is the second Sikyong of Tibet since the Dalai Lama retired from politics. He has also served as Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and has been a representative of the Tibet Office in Washington. During his visit to the US from April 24 to 30, he has also interacted with the Speaker of the US Parliament, Nancy Pelosi. (photo-file)