World Bulletin / News Desk
According to a report in the New York Times, the Chinese Communist Party in central Tibet is now aiming to peer into the hearts of its members to hunt down secret worshipers of the Dalai Lama or people who secretly hold religious beliefs.
The mission was laid out by the party chief of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Chen Quanguo, in a question and answer published online by the party’s central anticorruption and discipline agency.
“We must severely punish those party members and cadres who don’t have firm beliefs and ideals, who don’t share the same mind with the party and the people, who have ‘two faces’ when it comes to the important question of what’s right and wrong,” Mr. Chen said, according to the transcript of the question-and-answer session that was published on Monday.
Mr. Chen said it was important to go after party members who “pretend not to be religious but indeed are” and those who “follow the clique of the 14th Dalai Lama.” He said that party investigators should seek out members who have gone to India, where the Dalai Lama lives, to “worship” him or those who have sent their children or any other family members to schools run by the Dalai Lama.
Skeptics are divided.An expert based in Tibet was quoated in the Global Times saying that “it’s hard to identify such people because separatism is an ideological issue and is usually difficult to spot during recruitment simply through their words and deeds.”
The expert also said, again in the newspaper’s words, that the Dalai Lama “has been deodorizing his image, and local governments should provide more information of his activities in a transparent and open manner.” Global Times did not name the expert.
The party has vilified the widely revered Dalai Lama, 80, the Tibetan spiritual leader, since he fled to India in 1959, saying he is plotting Tibetan independence even though he has insisted he wants only self-autonomy for the Tibetans, as guaranteed in the Chinese Constitution. The Dalai Lama’s image is generally banned from mainland Chiina and Tibetan regions, though local officials occasionally allow people to openly display it.
Last Mod: 12 Kasım 2015, 09:17