Saturday, October 08, 2011

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama on Saturday slamed censorship in China as "immoral" and poked fun at denunciations of himself in a video chat with Desmond Tutu after he was not granted a visa in time to travel to South Africa.

The Dalai Lama said hypocrisy and telling lies had become part of life in "the communist totalitarian system".

IMO: As far as I am aware, the genuine strength and urgency of Stalinist communism has now been etiolated to a certain strange level. In West Bengal, originally we simply had, fairly, a hard working and dedicated Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee but now it has become apparent to all, after Didi's victory, what a shambles West Bengal was becoming under communism. I have not spent long in China recently, but we are definitely finding there that the same problem, with different systems details, is applying. I am no Isaiah Berlin, so I will presume from pontificating at length about this matter in a short blog, but it does look as if factors like status and fear have perverted the communist ideal in China to the point where - correctly enough - the Dalai Lama is characterising a once brave and honorable ideal as "toxic".

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