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Jamyang Norbu
Jamyang Norbu is a Tibetan writer who the International Herald Tribune described " one of the most incisive and prolific commentators on the political scene, a writer with strong opinions but also the wide reading and intellectual depth to back them up, sometimes fiercely". He is the author of several books, plays, pamphlets and a traditional Tibetan opera libretto. He is also the winner of the Crossword Award for English Fiction, 2000, India's equivalent of the Booker Prize, for his Kipling/Conan Doyle pastiche, The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes. Norbu was briefly a member of the Tibetan resistance movement in Mustang in Northern Nepal.

Jamyang Norbu's blog is called Shadow Tibet.

Entries by Jamyang Norbu

Igniting the Embers* of Independence

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 7:11 PM

In mid-December last year, Mohamed Bouazizi, a humble Tunisian street-vendor of fruits and vegetables, set himself on fire to protest the confiscation of his produce and the daily harassment and humiliation inflicted on him by police and local officials. His act set off demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia which intensified...

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Who Created Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal?

(54) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 1:33 PM

In the wake of the successful American operation to take out Bin Laden, the issue of Pakistan's nuclear weapons has once again come the fore, especially when latest reports indicate that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is growing at a rate that will make it the fourth-largest in a decade behind only...

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The Dalai Lama Resignation Crisis

(8) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 11:45 AM

In a media season dominated by stories of geriatric, lunatic and other sundry leaders-for-life (and family members) ignobly clinging to office like old chewing gum, the Dalai Lama stepping down from his position of (albeit modest) power, over the genuine and ubiquitous appeals by Tibetans for him to...

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Seeking the Power of the Powerless

(5) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 3:00 PM

It's almost the end of the year now, and nearly two months since Aung San Suu Kyi was released, but I haven't quite gotten over the dopamine rush of that event. I've been waiting a long time to see her a free woman. Not as single-mindedly and passionately, to be...

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Remembering John Lennon at Dharamshala

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 9:37 AM

I remember the exact night, thirty years ago, when I heard John Lennon had been murdered. I was in the hall of the kashag (the Tibetan cabinet) building in Dharamshala, at a benefit dance for the literary magazine Lotus Fields (Pemathang). Raju, the lead guitarist of The Subterranean Vajra Hammer,...

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Language, Identity & Revolution in Tibet

(108) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 11:15 AM

The task of getting news out of Tibet these day has taken on the frustrating ambiance of cold-war research methodology. We haven't exactly gone back to the days of Sovietologists and China watchers poring over precious photographs of Mayday line-ups for scraps of usable information, but we're heading there.


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Remembering Tibet's Freedom Fighters

(22) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 1:24 PM

I was waiting at Denver airport for my ride when I got a call from a Tibetan acquaintance who asked (somewhat expectantly I thought ... but I could be wrong) if the Americans had revived the program to train and support Tibetan jamak (guerrilla operations) inside Tibet. I explained that...

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