Author: Pranjali BandhuPublisher: IPDAYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 263ISBN/UPC (if available): 8190061523
The book presents a holistic, historical and interdisciplinary view of Tibetan society and Tibet’s status as a dismembered internal colony of China. The economic, political and cultural aspects; environmental issues; healthcare and education provisions are all comprehensively dealt with to elucidate this reality.Delving into the historical evolution of the Tibetan nation the point is made that a once independent Tibet needs freedom and democracy to recuperate from its brutal mauling by Chinese claws and maws. The Tibetan resistance movement is very much alive and autonomy status within the present – day Chinese state is not likely to resolve the issue of Tibet’s occupation and exploitation.
Publisher's Note Acknowledgements Map 1: Historic map of Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion Map 2: Current Map of the TAR with adjoining provinces Abbreviations Introduction: 'Model' China, and its Achilles Heel 1. TIBET—A NATION? A HISTORICAL ACCOUNT 1.1. The Early Years of Tibetan Statehood 1.2. The Chinese Version 1.3. Nature of British Interventions in Tibet 1.4. The Chinese Nationalist Struggle and the Tibetan Question 2. DARKNESS AT DAWN: CHINESE COMMUNIST INVASION OF TIBET 2.1. The Communist Dawn 2.2. Chinese Conundrums 2.3. The 1959 Uprising and its Background 3. TIBET—AN OPPRESSED NATION: SOCIO-POLITICAL ASPECTS 3.1. Introduction 3.2. Aspects of Han Hegemony 3.3. Pre-1949 Tibetan Society 3.4. Democratic Reforms under Chinese Aegis 3.5. Incursions into the Nomadic Way of Life 4. ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF COLONIZATION 4.1. Infrastructure Development 4.2. Post-'reform' Development Policies 4.3. Mining: The Qaidam Basin Project 4.4. Gold Mining 4.5. Impact of Mining on Tibetan Communities 4.6. Tourism: Selling Tibet as a Cultural Zoo 5. CULTURAL DEGRADATION OF TIBET 5.1. A Sea of Bitterness: Religious Oppression in Tibet 5.2. Broken Images 5.3. Muzzling the Media 6. EDUCATION AND SUBALTERNITY 6.1. Traditional Education in Tibet 6.2. Post-Occupation Education Policies 6.3. Impact of Cultural Revolution 6.4. 'Reforms' and Education 6.5. Language Policy 7. MEDICARE AND POPULATION CONTROL 7.1. Traditional Tibetan Medicine 7.2. Post-'reform' Health Care 7.3. Commercialization of Traditional Tibetan Medicine 7.4. Conditions of Medical Workers 7.5. Health Situation of Tibetans 7.6. Impact of Population Control Policies 8. ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION 8.1. Desertification 8.2. Deforestation 8.3. Impact of Dams 8.4. Pollution 8.5. Environmentalism in Pre-and Post-'reform' China 8.6. Sustainable Development 9. THE TIBETAN STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE 9.1. The Principle of Self-Determination 9.2. Resistance and Repression in Tibet 9.3. Autonomy vs. Independence Appendix: Twists and Turns in Chinese Politics—Historical MilestonesChronology: Highlights of Tibetan History: from the 7th Century to die PresentSelect Bibliography Index