By Denzi Yishey
After watching and reading numerous videos, postings and comments on social media networks including Facebook on the unfortunate March 10 Uprising event in New York, every Tibetan must have one and only one question - What should we do now to correct this? This event has turned out to be a black day in Tibetan American history. Though history will always remain, it's a lesson we need to learn.
Looking at the "You" "We" and "They" accusations on the social media among two groups (as coined by a New York Police Department cop in one of the Facebook video), it seems impossible for these organizational members to sort the matter internally. However, if these accusations remain active on the social media, the existing crack that divides the entire Tibetan community is sure to widen.
Based on the social media videos, I don't see a glimmer of hope that these organizational members will sit, talk and resolve the prevailing differences. Then, the question is who should jump in?
As far as my understanding goes, it is the responsibility of The Office of Tibet based in Washington DC - the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Administration-in-exile, based in Dharamsala, India (Source: Tibet Office).
As a concerned citizen, I would like to propose the following agenda for an urgent meeting with the hope of providing some direction towards resolving this ongoing issue.
Before the Meeting:
The Office of Tibet needs to issue an urgent notice to the president/executive director of organizations who were involved in this unfortunate March 10 Uprising event in New York requesting its executive members to refrain from postings, commenting and sharing on any social media networks. This notice could also carry invitation (only for president/executive director) for the urgent meeting. This meeting should be chaired by the representative and two elected Members of Parliament from North America.
Optional: It would be helpful to invite selective Tibetan professionals in North America as an observer/reviewer.
At the Meeting:
Welcome speech by the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (highlighting the purpose behind this urgent meeting)
Welcome speech by two sitting Tibetan Members of Parliament from North America
15 MINS each
To provide an opportunity for presidents/executive directors involved in 2015 March 10 Uprising event to share their perspective
15 MINS each
To set ground rules for the meeting discussion
To discuss and resolve the existing differences among organizational presidents/executive directors
To welcome presidents of Kyidugs and other Tibetan organization to share their recommendations/viewpoints
5 MINS each
To welcome general public to share (only if he/she has evidential support)
5 MINS each
To welcome Tibetan professionals to share their insights
10 MINS each
To draft guidelines for holding future protests, events or demonstrations that involves the participation of general public
To issue a written public apology signed by the president/executive members of organization involved in 2015 March 10 Uprising event in New York - for hurting the sentiments and feelings of the general Tibetan public
After the Meeting:
Share meeting minutes and all other documents to the general public for information only.