KT-2011 Initiative and Some Mumbo-jumbo

posted Aug 27, 2010, 11:53 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Aug 29, 2010, 6:59 PM ]
Dear Editors,

For the first time in our history we are now witnessing something that is both positive and exhilarating.  Unlike in the past two elections, this time there is much discussion, inter-action and enthusiastic involvement by our Gangchenpas [Eds: people from the Land of Snows, i.e. Tibetans] in the preliminary Kalon Tripa election of 2011.
This is something new and it certainly appears that the Desi Goleb syndrome is now history, as people are getting into heated debates on various issues relating to the elections, and the prospective candidates, etc.  The past three debates between the candidates have generated much interest and synergy among folks, which is indeed very encouraging and certainly unprecedented in the annals of our history.
Chewang Ngokhang
California, U.S.A.

Editors' note: Desi Goleb (lit. "Regent Flat-head") is a reference to Sangye Gyatso, the regent of the Fifth Dalai Lama, a scholar of medicine and art, and an able statesmen. However, he had a head which was rather flat ('desi = regent, go=head, leb=flat).
Sangye Gyatso was so able and dedicated that he was said to have toured the city of Lhasa and other places disguised as a layman or an ordinary monk. He went asking the people how the Ganden Phodrang government was functioning.  This way he gathered first-hand information from the citizens.

In fact, he was so efficient that Tibetans did not bother to be involved in the affairs of government. Once, as usual, Sangye Gyatso, went out in disguise and asked someone how the Tibetan government was functioning.  A man was supposed to have answered: "Dewa shung gi jhutok Desi Goleb gi je gi rey" meaning "Regent Flat-head will take care of the affairs of Ganden Phodrang."