Looking to the Future

posted Nov 18, 2010, 6:43 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Nov 24, 2010, 7:10 AM ]

Dear Editors,

My current concern is that our next Kalon Tripa and Parliament members will disappoint the electorate.

This I believe will be less due to the lack of ability or willingness of our elected leaders but because of obstacles placed by few fellow Tibetans driven by (i) extreme regional/sectarian mentality, (ii) ideological obsession (not willing to listen to those who do not believe in their vision for a Middle Path or their vision for Rangzen) and (iii) non progressive thoughts (not open to modern thoughts/ideas).

 I do not believe these individuals are necessarily bad, but fail to see the big picture.  History has taught us that it was internal forces that prevented the modernization efforts by His Holiness the XIII Dalai Lama and to preserve our independence.  If we do not study our history we will repeat it again and thus once again become easily manipulated by external forces.

As we praise our candidates let us think how we can contribute to our next elected leaders’ success.  Let us do a SWOT analysis on an area of our expertise and interest whether education, health, economic, political, language or other issues to bring more (i) efficiency, (ii) transparency and (iii) improvement.

Let us offer our action plan to our candidates before they get elected.  If our elected leaders are not able to implement their plans during their initial honeymoon phase with the public it will be difficult later on.  Let us also be patient with our future leaders and remember that change for the sake of change is not necessarily good.

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Samdhong Rimpoche and our elders have provided us with a solid foundation.  It is this foundation that has given us the ability to get a decent education, generate support globally and give hope for a brighter future especially for Tibetans in Tibet.  While we consider changes, let us constantly remind each other that throwing the baby with the bathwater is stupid.

Today we are all making history.  It is said that the US constitution was designed by geniuses so that idiots can run it.  We are not geniuses but let us try our best so that future generations will never have to worry about a political vacuum or be taken advantaged of it.  Let us enjoy in this process because through laughter we will be most creative.

Thank you,

Tsewang Namgyal
New York