July 25, 2014
Sikyong Lobsang Sangay
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamsala – 176215 HP, India
Dear Sikyong Sangay la:
The Tibetan National Congress was happy to see your lengthy profile in the July 19, 2014 New York Times.
No doubt you agree that a vibrant Tibetan democracy depends upon the
people asking questions of their elected representatives. As a result,
we had four questions based on this article that we would like to
respectfully pose to you.
The New York Times article discussed how, in 2013, you “told
the Council on Foreign Relations that the goal was to see ethnic
Tibetans installed as party secretary and in other important posts in
the Tibetan autonomous region.” You were quoted in the article as
saying, “We don’t question or challenge the present structure of the
Your new Partial Middle Way (no democracy, communist rule, unconstrained militarization) has been discussed elsewhere.
However, you have never explained why your Partial Middle Way is
compatible with the Middle Way, or why it is the right choice for the
His Holiness still says that Tibet must be “governed by the popularly-elected legislature and executive through a democratic process”. The 2008 Memorandum calls for “the right of Tibetans to create their own regional government and government institutions and processes.”
1. How can genuine autonomy be achieved if the Chinese communist party stays in charge in Tibet?
2. Could you please explain your reasoning for abandoning
the Middle Way’s goals of democracy and separate government
institutions for Tibet?
3. Is the New York Times correct that you see the goal as installing more ethnic Tibetans in the current Chinese communist system?
You also told the New York Times, “I am a secondary voice, who will
someday be a primary voice”. You currently hold the position of Sikyong,
the highest position in the Tibetan exiled political leadership. We
believe the Tibetan people would be interested in your future ambitions.
4. What are your plans, if you see your current position as only a secondary one?
May we again respectfully congratulate you on your profile in the New York Times. We would be honored to post your response to these questions on our website. Thank you in advance for your response.
In solidarity for the Tibetan nation,
The Executive Committee of
The Tibetan National Congress
English version originally posted at: http://www.tibetnc.org/2014/07/25/an-open-letter-to-sikyong-lobsang-sangay/?lang=en
Tibetan version: http://www.khabdha.org/?p=6246