Kasur Tashi Wangdi for Kalon Tripa

posted Dec 22, 2010, 11:32 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Dec 22, 2010, 11:37 AM ]
Dear Editors,

As you all are aware of the 3rd, Kalon Tripa election which is coming very soon.  There have been many candidates who volunteered to run for the election, but many of them did not made to the final six candidate prepared by the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) Election Commission. But there is one gentleman and civil servant of CTA, Kasur Tashi Wangdi, who have made to the final six despite his withdrawal from the initial list. This clearly shows the popularity and faith Tibetan people have on him.  We are quite proud to say that within a very short period of time through Kasur Tashi Wangdi’s popularity and some consorted efforts from our side, he has won enough votes to win himself a place in the preliminary elections.  At present Kasur Tashi Wangdi La is now in the fray and he has already resigned from his current position in our Brussels office to participate in the debates being organized by Tibetan Women Association’s in Dharamsala and New York City on January 2nd, 2011. He is also participating in Voice of America’s Radio and TV interviews in coming months.

Let me now brief you why we feel TW La is the right man to be the next Kalon Tripa. And, also, more importantly, we want you to know that we are not against any individual nor are we against any change for that matter. Changes are inevitable in the future but we expect changes that will enhance and further strengthen the noble  principles as laid down by His Holiness over the last more than fifty years.  We strongly believe that TW La is capable of handling this huge responsibility quite efficiently with more than forty years of solid government service in record and his dedication to serve the Tibetan people and His Holiness.  Also, he is..... 
  1. Very well received and respected in Delhi by the Indian authorities due to his association with them for so many years.  This is a major plus point for TW La as no other candidates come any where near him in this respect.
  2. TW La has worked for the Tibetan government for more than forty years in various capacities and has devoted himself fully without any unfavorable during or after work incidents.  Even after he went into retirement a couple of years ago, he was called back again to first work in Delhi, then New York and now in Brussels.  The only reason why we think he has been recalled to work again is simply because he is not only a trust-worthy person but also someone who can do the job well and handle the responsibilities in a professional manner.
  3. He may be simple looking and shabby at times but he knows what he is doing and he is always aware that he is answerable to the people of Tibet and to His Holiness.  He may not have high degrees but he is knowledgeable about everything including world politics which he is very good at.
But, of course, this is not about character analysis although it does play some insignificant roles to some people who are involved in public service.  It is about whether this person can do the job expected of him if he is elected Kalon Tripa.  And that, according to us, is the main issue.  We all feel that TW La can do this job well enough and yet at the same time continue to maintain the policies we have had for the last fifty years. 

This is in short our ideas for supporting TW La and we think it is a crucial time for the Tibetan people to choose the right man.  With His Holiness due to be semi-retiring from public service very soon, we are really anxious to have the right man to steer us and meet the challenges ahead.  We hope that you have a general idea of our stand now and trust that you will pool in your own efforts so that we can all contribute to a good cause.   

Supporter of Kasur Tashi Wangdi  

Tenzing Choephel Chumeego
New York City