Reaction to TPR's Latest Editorial

posted Apr 21, 2011, 8:13 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Jul 19, 2011, 8:46 AM ]

By Tenzin Dorjee, Fullerton, California.

First of all, I have enjoyed reading and mulling over your editorial entitled "The Shape of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile After the Dalai Lama's Devolution of Power." Your editorial provides useful models of great democractic governments and insights to inform decision making about the future form of our democratic government in exile. I hope your editorial was translated into Tibetan by Tibetan newspapers for wider readership. That said, I would like to briefly react to some of your key ideas in the following passages.
Having lived in India for over 50 years, I think we may be able to modify the Indian model of democracy to suit our unique character and needs. I feel we can make the necessary changes to our Charter in Exile to enable His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the President of our nation. He truly represent our national identity and culture.  It is possible for His Holiness to embody both the undisputed spiritual and presidential heads of our nation.
Should His Holiness decide not to take any political part in our government in exile and future governments in Tibet we can still make necessary provisions  in our Exile Charter to incoporate the Institution of the Dalai Lama as our sole undisputed spiritual leader of past, present, and future of Tibet and Tibetans.  This will greatly ease the axiety and uncertainty of Tibetans both inside and outside Tibet.

Not unrelatedly, I do not think His Holiness the Dalai Lama's devolution of power and ending the four century rule of Gaden Phodrang would affect the legitimacy of TGIE.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama has used his legitimate and vested power to devolve Gaden Phodrang's political power to the elected leadership of TGIE and therefore, it has inherited historical continuity as well as legitimacy and power.

I agree with your view that we must not make hasty decisions. While the present Chithues and Charter Reform Committee are to be applauded for their swift actions we, the people, must think most critically and express our informed opinions, especially at the Big Meeting scheduled at the end of May, 2011. In this case time is not of essence but making the right decisions is. Therefore, it may not be unwise to carry over discussions on the matters into the terms of the incoming Kalon Tripa and new Chithues. As the saying goes, let's get it right.
Bog Gyal Lo!