Young Indian’s & their obsession with Tsundue the HERO
I’ve always been fascinated by the amount of romantic adulation Tsundue draws from his Indian audience. I’ve always suspected it has something to do with some Indian activists romantic nationalistic nostalgia for the better days of when Gandhi led non-violent wars against British colonization. The bollywoodized version of the Indian national struggle. I mean it makes sense. But sometimes I wonder if they’re actually more interested in Tsundue than, say, his message on Tibet. It’s probably a little bit of both but it’s also probably more appealing to get to touch or feel the presence of an ideology, nostalgia, personified. You know, someone in the flesh and bones that represents your romantic ideal for days gone by of romantic Indian nationalism, who you can now re-live those nostalgia through. It’s also easier to create and depend on a Hero that fights the injustices and experiences you feel overwhelmed by, rather than, you know, having to actually get down and dirty in the thick of all that mess. Getting messy requires actual engagement that tries to really understand the human tragedy and triumph that the Tibetan situation represents. I’m not saying there aren’t ride or die Indian activists in the Tibet scene but I’ve definitely noticed the overall mainstream obsession by young Indians with Tsundue.
Believing, or even having the need for A Hero is sometimes a nice way to escape confronting all the meta-ness involving the Tibetans experience. And anways, isn’t some part of Herofying Tsundue also dehumanizing in some ways by having him constantly perform one version of himself? Does’t that deny’s him from enacting other personalities that the common human being is capable of displaying?
I can imagine Tibetans saying, any publicity is good publicity…but, is it? especially when we choose to not believe the lie that we don’t have a choice?