Even when she had earned a Havard degree after escaping to America, employers there were afraid her association - she was one of the "21 Most Wanted " students at Tiananmen Square - would affect their China business. Younger sister graduated top of her class in medical school, but was not allowed to practice medicine in China because of Chai Ling's involvement. Her father, who joined her in America in 1996, was given a special message from China, "If Chai Ling continues to join the movement, there will not be any good consequences for all of you".
We don't know what kind of pressure Dinesh Raman's mother faced when she decided to throw in the towel and relinquish all claims, disputes, issues and matters whatsoever relating to, arising from or in connection with the untimely death of their son while under custody of the state. We do know she was not in court when the "amicable settlement" was read. She probably didn't want to hear the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) running him down as a secret society member who did not complete his O-levels. Little do the officials understand about the love of a mother.
The authorities may think that the financial settlement - a sum that is not disclosed - will effect closure, but history is not complete until the final story is told.
|Tiananmen 1989, NOT Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza|