Katri Surpa Tenzin Namgyal Tethong Visit - Amherst, MA

posted Dec 28, 2010, 10:50 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Dec 28, 2010, 11:11 AM ]
Dear Editors,

On December 20, 2010, Katri Surpa Tenzin Namgyal Tethong spoke at the Frankline Peterson Hall at Hampshire College (Amherst, Mass.) to a group of about 50 local students and Tibetan community members.  A few Tibetans had also driven from Connecticut to attend the talk.  The talk began with an introduction by Dadon Ngodup, Students for a Free Tibet Region 1 Coordinator and student at University of Massachusetts - Amherst, who spoke about the past accomplishments of TNT and the current status of his work. 

With a poised look and a confident voice, the floor then shifted to TNT who began with a short introduction of the Tibetan Government In Exile and its efforts to move towards a truly functioning democratic community under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama since early 1960s. He emphasized that due to the efforts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we have now reached a critical stage where the question of Tibet is gaining momentum in many parliaments and international forums and yet the Chinese government has rejected all the offers from the Tibetan side thus far. He said, now is the time for us to redouble all our efforts and take the issue of Tibet to the next level and for this we need a Kalon Tripa who understands and fully supports the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; has a solid foundation in the workings of the TGIE and its policies, and at the same time is already very familiar with the various international Tibet support groups and governments.

TNT urged the audience to really take their responsibility to elect the next Kalon Tripa seriously and not leave it to any chance. He said we owe this to ourselves and to the Tibetans inside occupied Tibet who are denied this basic fundamental right. 

TNT then opened the floor to questions from the audience and this led to a very lively discussion for the next two hours. With the abundance of questions, the scheduled talk from 5:30pm to 6:30pm continued until 8pm. The night ended with a warm thank you and a tearful expression of gratitude to TNT for all his service to the Tibetan cause from a local Tibetan, Thupten Choeden, who himself had served the TGIE for over 22 yrs. He urged TNT to continue to serve His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause in future as well!

Dadon Ngodup
Amherst, MA