Archive for September, 2012

Apso is barking mad! I just learned from an important source within the Central Tibetan 
Administration that the total expense for the ongoing ‘special’ meeting in Dharamsala 
is Indian Rupees thirty million (over half a  million US dollars)! That’s enough money 
to buy food for every stray dog in India.  Seriously, why not spend it on something 
enduring like training translators who can translate world literature into Tibetan? 
But then Apso is not so naïve to expect this to happen given the difficulty our Kalon 
Tripa-turned-Sikyong (only the Nechung Oracle knows what name will come next!) has when 
it comes to reading his own statements in Tibetan.

Another thing that makes me really want to grind my teeth on a bone is that the 
meeting is not putting Rangzen as one of the agendas for the future course of Tibetan 
struggle. No wonder Tibetans are burning themselves alive!

Apso hates hegemons, whether it is the Yak or Ume-lam!
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I’m Lhasa Apso. With the Special General Meeting at the Tibetan Government in exile 
here in Dharamsala now underway I felt it was a most opportune time for my comeback. But 
first, I have to confess one thing. No offense intended but I hate yak. Not because yaks are stupid; 
yaks are great. But the yak has become a hegemon, overshadowing other precious animals 
of our nation Tibet. I feel isolated, lonely, abandoned and lost.

The legendary exile rock band, Rangzen Shonu, immortalized the yak. Their song 'Nomads 
of Tibet' made yak meat a household name in Tibetan society. The yak has also been 
eulogised and captured in poetic form. Writers have dedicated their books to the yak. 
I even heard Buchung D. Sonam’s latest book is called Yak Horns! But how could he 
forget the beauty of the Apso's fluffy, soft ears?

It’s not that I’m a useless animal. I have great personal qualities. Just Google it, 
and you will find that apsos are: 'emotive and fearless…they respond to exercise and 
discipline with a calm assertive energy… they are quite comical, caring and 
entertaining companions.’

I know there are some valid reasons for why I have been almost forgotten by my own 
people in exile. When Tibet was free I only hung around with the aristocrats, unlike 
yaks and the terrier who served the ordinary Tibetans. So, it could be a class issue.

But snobby and obnoxious as some of my former companions might have been, that doesn’t 
mean you should totally abandon me. Look at the demands for my fellow comrades in the 
international luxury pet market. Let me remind you that Tsering Shakya, the famous 
Tibetan scholar, is a defender and supporter of the Lhasa apso as a proud pet-owner.

Even the great Tibetan poet and historian, Gendun Chophel is once purported to have 
quipped: 'there’s no such thing as a snowlion. If you carefully observe the snowlions 
on the Tibetan flag, it will gradually dawn on you that they are nothing but two Lhasa 
apsos.'

I’m the unofficial national animal of Tibet and I'm back and barking with a 
vengeance!