|Is the Dalai Lama Qualified to Speak on the 'Welfare of 6 million Tibetans?'|
In early 2010, the Dalai Clique filed a "Note relating to the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans" to the Chinese government, requesting talks on the "welfare of 6 million Tibetans."
It is well known that the cruel oppression and exploitation brought about by theocratic feudal serfdom in old Tibet severely suffocated the vitality of society, and caused development in Tibetan society to stagnate for a long period of time.
Prior to the 1950s, Tibetan society was still extremely closed and backwards, and the production level and the development of the entire society were at an exceptionally low level. Numerous serfs and slaves suffered from hunger and cold and had difficulty making a living. Countless Tibetans died from hunger, cold, poverty or disease.
American Tibetologist Tom Grunfeld pointed out that according to a survey in eastern Tibet in 1940, 38 percent of households had never drank tea, 51 percent could not afford ghee, 75 percent often had to take weeds mixed with cow bone soups, oat or bean flour as their meals.
Since the 14th Dalai Lama could not even guarantee the most fundamental rights of survival for numerous Tibetan agricultural and pastoral farmers, he is not qualified to talk about the "welfare of 6 million Tibetans." Furthermore, "6 million Tibetans" imply a concept of a "Greater Tibet." As the 14th Dalai Lama had never managed any Tibetan region outside Tibet, he is even further from being qualified to discuss the "welfare of 6 million Tibetans."
The hard facts prove that what the Dalai Lama had said about the profits from Tibetan development being taken away by the Han nationality is just scheming and tricks. Before the democratic revolution, Tibetan farmers and herdsmen did not have the means of production and were in almost life-long debts. They had poor living conditions, with more than 90 percent not having their own homes and no more than 3 square meters of housing per capita. In 2009, however, their per capita net income reached almost 3,600 yuan and Tibetans' living conditions have made significant improvements, with over 1.2 million farmers and herdsmen from 230,000 households moving into new houses.