Scotland has fought for their right and self-determined their future. But Tibet is still being deprived of this right. Not only have these two peoples a striking number of parallelisms of national destiny, but they also share family ties.George Bogle, the Scottish diplomat, was the first non-missionary Europeans in Tibet. In 1774 he stayed for 6 months at the court of the Panchen Lama in Shigatse and had not only cultivated friendly relationship with the formerde facto ruler of Tibet (interim between the 7th and 8th Dalai Lama), but had also had two daughters with the putative sister of his distinguished friend.
55.3% of the 5.3 million Scots have decided on September 18, 2014 to remain in the Union of 1707. The 307-year-old Kingdom of “Great Britain" will continue to exist and hence, together with Northern Ireland the "United Kingdom"of 1801 too. London, the majority of the 64 million subjects of the Kingdom, the EU, the NATO etc are relieved to see this result which they had hoped for but not necessarily anticipated with such clarity.
Nevertheless, the referendum entails legal and strategic implications both at national and international level. London and other capital cities have to face the reality that one reads in the commentary columns: Nothing will remain the same. Scotland will get the promised rights, followed by Wales and Northern Ireland. The border regions of England will also claim the same because they not only feel that they are being neglected by London, they now are afraid of falling behind Scotland and possibly behind Wales and Northern Ireland as well.
Implications are unavoidable for both Europe and the world. The Catalonians, visible everywhere with their flag during the referendum, Flanders and South Tyrols in Europe as well as other disenfranchised peoples and nations around the world will now demand independence, to get at the end at least more autonomy rights, because this is the cry of this referendum.
London did not try to stop the Scottish Parliament's decision to hold a referendum in 2014, on the one hand it wanted to respect the democratic rights of the people, on the other hand with less than 20% for independence,London felt itself in safety. As the "Yes-Vote" gradually caught up, and just before the election the opinion poll threatened to change, there was panic in London and the leaders of the three political parties promised the Scotsmore rights if they would support "No-Vote".
Tibet should follow the path of Scotland and push through a referendum. The right to self-determination is indivisible and the right of every people. The UN General Assembly in its resolution 1723 (XVI) on 12.20.1961 has clearly recognised the right of the Tibetan people to self-determination. The International Commission of Jurists has delineated in their study of 1997, who will be entitled to participate in the referendum.
The Scottish referendum shows the fatality of the Policy of the Middle Way of Dharamsala. Without Beijing's quid pro quo Dharamsala is increasingly deviating from his just demand, which has at best frustrated active Tibetans andweakened the freedom struggle. The panic reaction of London shortly before the vote is a lesson for rethinking.Attention is now directed to Dharamsala
(Translated into English from German by Tsewang Norbu, author of the commentary)
Source: Brennpunkt TIBET 4/2014, the Magazine of the Tibet Initiative Deutschland e.V. to be published by the end of October 2014)