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Labeled a Local Nationalist

Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh

in A Tibetan Revolutionary

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240896.003.0020
Labeled a Local Nationalist

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The Central Committee decided to bring Phüntso Wangye to Beijing. His new work assignment would be as deputy director of the Nationalities Institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The Central Committee also considered that Phüntso should cleanse his thinking. Phüntso's situation in Beijing was hard to get used to. On the one hand, he was not under arrest. No one from the higher authorities paid any attention to Phüntso at all. There were no meetings in Beijing to criticize him, but Lhasa was a different story. There the Tibet Work Committee gathered all Tibetan cadres for a meeting at which they informed the cadres of Phüntso's “mistakes.” Strangely, in Beijing, the government never publicly declared that he was accused of having “thoughts of local nationalism.” The Nationalities Institute became more involved in the terrible nationwide Antirightist campaign, and every institute in Beijing started to attack and criticize its own leaders.

Keywords: Phüntso Wangye; local nationalist; Beijing; Tibet Work Committee; Lhasa; Nationalities Institute; Antirightist campaign

Chapter.  4356 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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