The latest wikileaks revelations show that the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, actually had a secret army – called Establishment 22 – being supplied with fresh recruits from the orphans raised at the Tibetan Children’s Village Schools. At the request of Indira Gandhi and with the consent of the Dalai Lama, this army was involved in armed conflict against Pakistan in 1971.
Why, then, is the Dalai Lama famous for his ‘non-violence’ approach to the China/Tibet struggle? Why was he awarded the Nobel Peace Prize when there were Tibetan Guerrila freedom fighters engaged in active combat with China, and Establishment 22 fighting a war, both with the full knowledge and support of the Dalai Lama?
US cables show that the Tibetan Government in Exile regarded Establishment 22 as their ‘paramilitary arm’. How, then, is the Tibetan Government in Exile any different from the Irish Republican political party Sinn Fein who also had a paramilitary arm called the IRA? The main difference is that it was public knowledge that there was a link between Sinn Fein and the IRA whereas until now, the Tibetan resistance fighters, called Chushi Gangdruk and Establishment 22 have been hidden.
From this it can be seen that the Dalai Lama’s endorsement of non-violence is mere words. The world is being deceived into believing that he is an advocate of non-violence, or ahimsa, through his public speeches while the evidence shows that he is actually supporting armed conflict.