We must call a foul on Pallavi Aiyar and N. Ram for peddling this garbage:
... for Beijing to appear ‘soft’ on the Dalai Lama would be as politically unpalatable domestically as it would be in the United States were Washington to decide to engage in dialogue with Osama bin Laden.
To reiterate, this odious comparison in Aiyar's op-ed  didn't come from anyone in Chinese government; it didn't come from the Chinese elites; it didn't come from Chinese citizenry; heck, it's not even a direct quote from one of the poorly-informed, angry, foul-tempered, trigger-happy Chinese "netizens" (of whom, apparently, there are many, and Aiyar tells us that they tend to be poorly informed about their country's history). No, that piece of filth is an opinion from Pallavi Aiyar, and the Hindu's Chief Editor N. Ram not only chose to publish it, but also used it in the op-ed's abstract.
Pallavi Aiyar and N. Ram are a disgrace to their profession.
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 The rest of Aiyar's op-ed is actually a calmly argued piece that attempts to give us a sense of how the Chinese people view the ongoing protests in Tibet, and about how justified they are in their hostility towards the Tibetan cause. I have no idea about how faithful a messenger Aiyar is in conveying the Chinese people's opinions; given the above quote, I would tend to discount everything coming from Aiyar's pen.