China arrests 17 Tibetans in Driru November 8: Chinese authorities have reportedly arrested seventeen Tibetans including three women in Tenkhar village, Shamchu town in Driru County, Kham. In two days, fifteen Tibetans were arrested by Chinese security personnel and Armed Forces in Tenkhar village, Shamchu town in Driru County, Kham. The fifteen arrested Tibetans were identified as Sarkyi, 49; Tsophen, 47; Yangkyi, 25; Tsering, 22; Tsering Phuntsok, 21; Tador, 21; Kundak 17; Gabuk, 41; Tenpa, 22; Thupchen, 27; Soeta, 25; Tsering Jangchup, 21; Jigme Phuntsok, 23; Lamsang, 24 and Tsewang Lhakyab, 19. According to Ngawang Tharpa, a Tibetan living in exile with close contacts in the region, a large number of Chinese officials from County and Township arrived in Tengkhar on Sunday to conduct thought re-education on the Tibetans but then local Tibetans questioned the Chinese authorities on the arrests of Tibetan writer Tsultrim Gyaltsen and his friend Yougyal which later turned into a heated argument between Tibetan and Chinese authorities. On October 11, Tsultrim Gyaltsen and Yougyal were arrested by Chinese authorities in Driru County on charges of "disturbing the social stability" and engaging in "splittist activities". Gyaltsen was also accused for his involvement in the hunger strike by hundreds of people outside a Chinese police station demanding release of a Tibetan man named Dorje Dragtsel. Current condition and whereabouts of Gyaltsen and Yougyal remain unknown. The same source also noted that two other Tibetans Kunchok Jinpa and Dhargye, who were arrested earlier on charges of sending information to outsiders continued to remain missing since their arrest. Situation in Driru have remained tense since the Tibetans refused to hoist Chinese flag atop their houses a day before China's national day on October 1. China arrests 17 Tibetans in Driru - www.phayul.com *************************************************************** An example of harmony and stability in Tibet. It is interesting to note that inspite of the draconian methods to curb dissent, or those who have splittist tendencies and are disrupting 'harmony and stability' of China, the Tibetans are not afraid and standing their ground knowing fully well of the consequences! There seems to be no solution to the Tibet issue for China even though they have used draconian means, are wiping out all roots of their Tibetan identity and heritage, have poured in money into Tibet (of course mainly to benefit the Han) and are continuously 're-educating' them in Laogais. Tibet is only Autonomous in name and nothing more. They have rejected the Dalai Lama's suggestions. What is worrisome is that after the Dalai Lama, there will be problems for India because the hotheads of the Tibetan exiles will move in for the kill in TIbet and that will cause an internal problem for India itself and spoil the already shaky relations with China. What then is the solution that the Chinese should undertake to ensure that Tibet becomes a part of China? What role can India play, if any?