|Jamphel Yeshi, New Delhi, March 2012.|
Tapey, February 2009.
Image: SFTHQ, flickr
|Thich Quang Duc, Saigon, 1963|
|From our Archive: Unrest in Tibetan areas|
It is no accident that the site of Jamphel Yeshi’s sacrifice was the same ground that witnessed the first Tibetan self-immolation in 1998. While some have argued that the more recent self-immolators inside Tibet were inspired by Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit vendor whose self-immolation unleashed the Arab Spring, given Chinese censorship of the Arab uprisings it is more likely that their inspiration came from a closer source – Thupten Ngodup, the Tibetan exile whose self-immolation first shook the Tibetan world. In becoming the second Tibetan exile to self-immolate, Jamphel Yeshi has completed the circle. And this time, if the world fails to act, that circle might become a prayer wheel that keeps on spinning, leaving China struggling to control a country of men and women in flames.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).