Music Video: "This Is How It Is" By Chakdor

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a music video titled “This Is How It Is” by Chakdor. The music video has been circulating on the internet since January 2013 and several music videos featuring Chakdor can be found on this YouTube page.
It is unclear where the music video has come from and there is also very little information available about the singer. From the choices of Tibetan words, dress and accent of the singer it would appear that he is from Kham, eastern Tibet. The song “This Is How It Is”, however, begins by touching on a topical and politically sensitive subject, mining in Tibet, and has therefore recently attracted greater attention on social networking sites.
This is the twenty first music video translated by High Peaks Pure Earth since the music video series started. Be sure to go back and watch our other videos using this link: Check back next Wednesday for another great music video from Tibet.
Below are the subtitled music video and translated lyrics of “This Is How It Is”:

“This Is How It Is” By Chakdor from HPeaks on Vimeo.

“This Is How It Is”

Lyrics: Nyak Dompo
Singer: Chakdor

Our precious minerals
Being deceptively destroyed by authorities
Making this sacred land hollow
It is a force against our will

The accomplishments of our past scholars
The five major and minor supreme sciences
Using all means to destroy them
It is a force against our will

The inheritors of the Snowland
The heroic male and female youths
Being murdered by authorities
It is a force against our will

The protector of sentient beings
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso
Cut off from us by authorities
This is our fate

This is our fate

[Translation by High Peaks Pure Earth]

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  1. Thank you so much for posting — heart wrenching …

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