Turning to the Dalai Lama and Removing the Sitsab

Melvyn C. Goldstein

in A History of Modern Tibet, volume 2

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249417
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933323 | DOI:
Turning to the Dalai Lama and Removing the Sitsab

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With tension at a heightened level, the Chinese now decided to bypass the sitsab and turn directly to the Dalai Lama for assistance in restoring order. Between 31 March and 4 April 1952, Zhang Jingwu sent three letters to the Dalai Lama via the Kashag about this. On 1 April, the Central Committee sent the Tibet Work Committee a telegram revealing Mao's loss of confidence in the independent judgment of the leaders of the Tibet Work Committee. However, the Dalai Lama again did not take action regarding the bigger issues raised by Zhang Jingwu, and on the streets nothing changed. In the view of the Chinese, members of the People's Association, together with some monks and soldiers, continued actively to harass them. The Dalai Lama's refusal to intervene with the sitsab reflects his lack of involvement in the critical political events going on around him.

Keywords: Dalai Lama; sitsab; Zhang Jingwu; Kashag; Tibet Work Committee; People's Association

Chapter.  21485 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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