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By Melvyn C. Goldstein

This is the as-told-to political autobiography of Phüntso Wangye (Phünwang), some of the most very important Tibetan innovative figures of the 20 th century. Phünwang all started his activism at school, the place he based a mystery Tibetan Communist occasion. He was once expelled in 1940, and for the subsequent 9 years he labored to arrange a guerrilla rebellion opposed to the chinese language who managed his place of origin. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist social gathering with Mao's chinese language Communist social gathering. He performed an immense position within the party's administrative association in Lhasa and was once the translator for the younger Dalai Lama in the course of his recognized 1954-55 conferences with Mao Zedong. within the Fifties, Phünwang used to be the highest-ranking Tibetan reputable in the Communist social gathering in Tibet. although he was once fluent in chinese language, ok with chinese language tradition, and dedicated to socialism and the Communist social gathering, Phünwang's deep dedication to the welfare of Tibetans made him suspect to robust Han colleagues. In 1958 he was once secretly detained; 3 years later, he used to be imprisoned in solitary confinement in Beijing's similar of the Bastille for the subsequent eighteen years.

Informed by means of bright firsthand debts of the family members among the Dalai Lama, the Nationalist chinese language executive, and the People's Republic of China, this soaking up chronicle illuminates one of many world's so much tragic and unsafe ethnic conflicts whilst that it relates the interesting info of a stormy lifestyles spent within the quest for a brand new Tibet.

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In our area it was common for older monks to recruit a young nephew to live with them, and I loved being with him. I didn’t take any formal monastic vows, but I remember that they cut my hair like a monk’s and I began to memorize prayer books. In fact, I was well on my way to a life of religious study and practice when my uncle suddenly died. I don’t recall the circumstances clearly, but his death resulted in my leaving the monastery, since I was very young and we had no other relative there to look after me.

The trip to Wuhan had a major impact on my life. After the article was published, the other students suddenly began to notice me. I was no longer just the strange Tibetan who had said he was joining the air force, but an intellectual with something worth saying. They were surprised and pleased by my views, which they considered democratic. My thinking began to focus more sharply on social and political issues, and because my teacher and my fellow students took my ideas seriously, I became more eager to pursue them and to trust my instincts about what I thought and saw.

Kesang and his soldiers suspected nothing. When they crossed the Drichu and headed south toward Tsakalo, they noticed Tibetan government troops at the foot of a mountain in the distance, but they didn’t think anything about it because the main Tibetan army base was just beyond that mountain range and the territory here was part of political Tibet. However, as they started to move up toward the pass that led to Tsakalo, they suddenly found themselves under heavy fire from the Tsakalo militia, who were deployed above them.

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