This is Tibetan domestic politics, so keep the debate in perspective.
In olden days, people fought wars on the battlefield, and even kings such as Songtsen Gampo not only participated in battles but often led the charge. In modern times and domestic politics, people fight wars in the streets, but with the advent of social media particularly in the past five years the venue and the nature of war changed dramatically.
We no longer have to wage wars on the battlefield nor do we have to fight in the streets. There may be an occasional exception here and there but generally speaking, the venue of war has changed for the better. Wars are fought and won without shedding a single drop of blood. This concept is precisely what Sun Tzu, the famous Chinese warrior, and writer meant when he wrote in, The Art of War, winning the fight without fighting at all some two thousand five hundred years ago when the majority of the peoples across the world were surviving on rats in the jungles.
Social media has now become the streets in which we engage in fistfights. Social media has become the battlefield on which we wage political, economic or social wars.
The strategy of the war is deception and manipulation.
What is the objective of such wars?
The objective is simple. It is about changing the mindset of the public to your worldview wherever and whenever necessary by whatever means possible and win the support of the people that would eventually translate into votes and more votes for you, your party or in our case your region and your tribes during any elections including Sikyong and NGO elections.
Religion or what school of Buddhism you belong to does play a role in our elections, but regional politics override it. For instance, you often hear Khampas ask, when there is a clash between Khampas, what is the point in Khampas fighting Khampas. The implication here is that if the fight is between Khampas and Utsangs, then Khampas should not only fight Utsangs but rather crush them to death.
It is precisely here that I refuse to look the other way like most Utsangs do, and I am not proud of what they do under such circumstances. Instead, I am ashamed of their cowardice hidden beneath the philosophy of unity and harmony. It is here I don’t look left and right with the sword drawn, or that is to say, I don’t suck my finger after acknowledging the war that is just declared on my tribe.
In a lightning speed, I raise my sword and bring it right down swiftly on the Khampa boss of the ring and split his skull into two. Now, will I go prison? So be it. Will I be reborn as a pig? So be it.
What does it matter what tribe from which region wins the elections, after all, we are all Tibetans?
The answer is not as simple as you wish. If all Tibetans think like this then perhaps it doesn’t matter. But the fact of the matter is way different especially with the Khampas for whom their valley or phayul comes first and then their province and then their religion or sect (there was a socio-political cause in history but that shall be dealt with in another article). And this winning has a lot to do with regional pride, recognition, and benefits. For example, how did Kaydor Aukatsang who basically failed as the president of Bay area Tibetan community got appointed as the Chief Representative of the Dalai Lama/CTA?
Also, you must realize that Khampas didn’t see themselves as Tibetans but rather as Khampas until about two decades ago. Who are the Tibetans or Bhoepas they were referring to? Yes, they were referring to the people of Utsang whose tribes come from kongpo, West Abu-hor, U, Tsang, Toe, and Ngari regions.
Well, you may not care about pride and regional recognition because you believe it is against the teachings of the Dalai Lama and it is destructive for the Tibetan cause if there is one.
But would you care to find out why Khampas don’t care about the way you do? Or is it too much of work to find out? I don’t think you are that lazy or cowardly not to care about what would go through your children’s heart when they find their parents weak and timid?
What would your children go through when they realize that their parents have low self-esteem, zero pride, zero courage and zero dignity in the community in which they live? What would go through you as parents when your children realize that their parents underneath the facade of peace and nonviolence, unity and harmony are nothing but self-interested insensitive slaves flattering the loud, aggressive Khampas while backbiting each other all the time?
What would you go through when your selfish timid nature creates an inferiority complex in your children?
If you don’t care about yourself, it is one thing but would you at least care about the dignity and confidence of your children?
Lack of confidence or self-trust is a cause for failure and unhappiness in life. Confidence, dignity, and courage are virtues we can ignore only at our own expense and at the cost of our children’s pride and success in life.
Now, what can we do?
While there are many social media but let us focus on two only, YouTube and Facebook.
- Watch anything and everything Utsang on youtube on a regular basis.
- Each view makes Utsang man or woman more popular and successful.
- Give thumbs up to anything Utsang you watch on YouTube.
The more thumbs up the Utsang gets on his YouTube channel, or his videos, the more popular and successful the Utsang becomes, opening other avenues of success such as offers from big companies.
- If possible, write an encouraging word or two on his video in the comment section. It makes the Utsang even more popular and thriving in the digital world.
- Buy with PayPal account or credit card any Utsang documentary films. Usually, I charge $3 per view which is a peanut for you, but it can make a difference in the life of a Utsang. I also sell digital books authored by me for $19.99 each.
Of course, my main customer base is the international audience.
- Share Utsang YouTube videos on Facebook groups. At least one per day.
- Like it on Facebook. Give a thumbs up on anything Utsang posted on Facebook.
- Like the Facebook page of the Utsang.
Go to Gmail and open an email account if you don’t have one. Gmail account is safer and more secure than yahoo accounts.
- Sign up or subscribe and follow and read the articles on
- Watch “Tibet Star” on YouTube
And subscribe it and like it with a thumbs up.
- Watch “Wild Jepa” on YouTube
And subscribe it and like it with a thumbs up.
I caught many Khampa friends, classmates and schoolmates and neighbors giving thumbs down to anyone or anything Utsang on youtube and I was shocked. I asked them why the fuck they did that and they would giggle in embarrassment. I told them it was their right to like their regional stuff but to give a thumb down to Utsang stuff without giving any reasons is shameful.
Our Utsang population in exile is much bigger than theirs but our people are not as active as they should be on social media. Is it because we don’t have computers or smartphones? I don’t think so. I see an “I don’t give a fuck” disease in our Utsang community. So we must find a medication for that.
Now take the following 14 vows for this new year 2018 and life.
- You will stop backbiting any other Utsang.
- You will stop pulling the legs of any Utsang and thereby get rid of the crab mentality in your brain.
- You will stop flattering or kissing the ass of Khampas, thugs or not.
- You will stop voting for any Khampa in any election be it Sikyong or NGO elections anywhere on earth.
- You will vote for a Utsang even if he is your enemy when a Khampa stands against him
- You will stand up and support a Utsang when he fights back a Khampa who intimidates, threatens and assaults or kills him.
- But do not support a Utsang who refuses to fight back because he cherishes slavery more than the dignity and freedom of his children. Throw him off the cliff! We don’t need slaves in our Utsang tribe.
- You will help Utsang politically
- You will help Utsang economically
- You will help Utsang socially
- That you will be fair, honest, transparent, accountable, courageous, proud, consistent, brave, upfront, caring and loyal to anyone Utsang and anything Utsang!
- And that you will push these values, and strategy down the throat of any weak Utsang till his ass bursts.
- That no matter what the Dalai Lama says you will fight negative regionalism with negative regionalism so both will suffer. Right now, humble Utsangs are suffering at the hands of hateful Khampa aggression.
- Like the Khampas who let go in in their right ear what the Dalai Lama says and let it out of their left ear once he is out of sight, we too should do the same if we have some pride left in our chest.
The war cry “Kihihi” is not a Khampa property. It is used by nomads of all the three regions of Tibet for millennia. Just because Khampas use it more does not mean that it belongs to them. Native Americans used a similar war cry but not exactly same. When a Khampa uses it on you, you use it on him with double the power. This will make him hate the noise!
The purpose of the war cry is many. It is to muster your courage and solidify your resolve while at the same time unnerve and disorient your enemy or opponent by striking fear using the element of surprise and ferocity. It is also used to challenge somebody for a duel. It is also used for camaraderie, to encourage, inspire and motivate your friends and people. Scientifically as you do it, you release tons of endorphins from your body and thereby making you high spirited, confident and extrovert.
Lastly but not the least you will stop to look danger in the eye and stab fear in the heart for the dignity of your children.
I learned regionalism and regional politics from Khampas. But I didn’t learn it quick enough that’s why we have zero integrity LS as the Sikyong for two fucking terms.
Until 2016 I thought it was the socio-political “pon” environment in Kham where they were raised that was the cause of their tribalistic nature and that it would die down in exile after being exposed to law, education and cultures but lo and behold they haven’t changed one bit. The gang intimidation, death threats and physical assaults on Utsang during 2016 Sikyong election testified the regional politics and hatred they indulge in and that which finally shaped my stand to counter it. I don’t believe in forgiveness. I think in responding fire with fire and fury never before witnessed in the history of Tibetan domestic politics. I believe in the total annihilation of those who hate you and do you harm.
Rise up, Utsang!