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Articles by Bhuchung D. Sonam


Poet/writer, was born in Tibet. In exile he studied in TCV School, Dharamsala. His books include Dandelions of Tibet, Conflict of Duality, Songs from a Distance and Muses in Exile: An Anthology of Tibetan Poetry.

‘I will carry the sky’
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment
‘I will carry the sky’

Review of A Home in Tibet by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
Published by Penguin India. Price: Rs.499
‘I come from there and I have memories / I have a mother /And a house with many windows…’ writes one …

‘…the day has come to sacrifice your life’
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 – 11:00 pm | One Comment
‘…the day has come to sacrifice your life’

(This is my translation of the last written words of Pawo Jampel Yeshi, who has sadly passed away from burns at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi.)
16 March 2012
Long Live His …

Raise the warrior’s sword, my fellow Tibetans
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

By Theurang or Tashi Rabten*
Translated from Tibetan by Bhuchung D. Sonam
Our courage is fading amidst stacks of religious texts
Our self-confidence is weakening under foreign occupation
My fellow Tibetans of the same blood and flesh
You …

Xi is No Different
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 – 12:46 pm | One Comment
Xi is No Different

In his speech at the 60th anniversary of Tibet’s ‘liberation’, Xi Jinping said, “We should fight against separatist activities by the Dalai group, rely on cadres and people of all ethnic groups … and completely …

Daughters of Mountain Ogress
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment
Daughters of Mountain Ogress

A woman can say more in a sigh then a man can in a sermon. – Arnold Haultain
The history of modern Tibet has produced many amazing women whose tenacity, courage, indomitable spirits and patriotism …

The Dalai Lama Will Retire
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 – 12:44 am | No Comment
The Dalai Lama Will Retire

Yeshi Tsomo is 74-years-old. When asked about His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s retirement from Tibetan politics her face melts into a pool of tears. This is the fundamental problem. Emotions of the Tibetan people, both …

The Great Fall of China — 1
Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 – 6:17 pm | No Comment
The Great Fall of China — 1

On 28 January 2011, the State Council Information Office and Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security of China issued the following notice to its people:
“For the disturbances in Egypt, media across the nation …

“I will not close my eyes even in death”
Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 – 12:41 pm | One Comment
“I will not close my eyes even in death”

(Note: This is the abridged translation of the texts of the video appeal by the arrested Tibetan monk Kalsang Tsultim or Gyitsang Takmik. His book Miyul La Phulwai Sempa (roughly translated as: Offering My Mind …

Vital Lessons from Urgent Times
Monday, Jan 31, 2011 – 12:35 pm | One Comment
Vital Lessons from Urgent Times

As I write this the long and apparently tech-savvy hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are busy making sure that no news of the great mass uprisings taking place around the world gets through …

Freedom of Tongue
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 – 12:42 pm | One Comment
Freedom of Tongue

Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet, the Communist Party’s outlook towards Tibetan language and religion has been of extreme suspicion and fear. Tibetan people’s way of life and their outlook towards the world is inextricably linked with Buddhism, which in turn is firmly linked with Tibetan language. This shared culture bind Tibetans into a unified entity giving them a sense of national identity.