View From The Balcony

theweekmagazine: A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in India on Monday, during a march to protest the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao. The dramatic — and often fatal — form of protest has become an increasingly common way to call attention to China’s policies in ethnic Tibetan regions.

Roughly 30 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past year. Is the tactic working? How has China reacted? And when will the self-immolations stop? 


Peter Goodspeed: Dying as a political act: Centuries-old Buddhist tradition of self-immolation continues in China

“This was not the random act of a disturbed individual, but rather a single manifestation of a deeply rooted set of ideas and ideals in Chinese Buddhism that blossomed again and again in the history of pre-modern China.”

Photo: Tibetan exile Janphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, March 26, 2012, in New Delhi. Yeshi suffered life-threatening burns. (AFP/Getty Images)