A Question on "Middle Way" for the Kalon Tripa Candidates

posted Oct 5, 2010, 5:33 PM by The Tibetan Political Review
Dear Editors,
I would like to raise a topic for discussion in which few dare to venture in fear of communal reprisal. My question is addressed to all the candidates but especially to Dr. Sangay la whom I judge to be the least of the "don't rock the boat" type of person. 
In my opinion, the position of the Kalon Tripa is just a glorified secretariat position and not as important as many would be led to believe. Why should it, afterall the role of the TGIE can be broken into two halves, both of which are mainly bureaucratic in nature. The administration of the refugee settlements and towing the official direction from H.H.D.L.'s Office as it regards the Tibet question. Since the 70's, this has meant the promotion and protection of the Middle Way policy. We have heard all the positive arguments for this policy including our tendency for wisdom, rationalism and even compassion. Indeed, the current administration including K.T. Samdong Rinpoche has made clear that the new leader must follow in the same path. The real power brokers are with H.H.D.L.'s Representative in D.C. and Gyalop Dondup.
Therefore, the question has to be, are any of the candidates brave enough to go against the establishment and change the course of our struggle from the Middle Way policy to Independence, our birth right? 


Tenzin Bhutia
Toronto, Canada