I wrote the following blog for the International Campaign for Tibet and am reproducing it here.
Tibetan Parliament in the Spotlight on the Future Role of the Dalai Lama
Bhuchung K. Tsering
March 14, 2011
In what is set to become an historic session, the Tibetan Parliament in Exile received a message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on March 14, 2011, in which he has formally informed them of his desire to devolve authority saying, “All the necessary amendments to the Charter and other related regulations should be made during this session so that I am completely relieved of formal authority.”
In his statement on March 10, the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising in 1959 against Communist China, His Holiness spoke of his intention to take this matter up with the Parliament saying, “I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power. Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect.” Read More…
As the Tibetan elections day of March 20 nears, one aspect of the campaign that I was fascinated by was the use of slogans as catchphrases to amplify and symbolize the individual candidates. Although I have not been able to do full research, from a cursory glance it looks like all three Kalon Tripa candidates, all the parliamentary candidates from North America and some candidates from Europe seem to have sought recourse to this.
I am giving below the slogans and the candidates who use them (in alphabetical order) that I have been able to compile. If I have missed anyone else, let me know.
North American Chitue candidates
Honor Tradition, Advance Together
Intrepid in thinking, Fearless in Expressing, Bold in Implementing
Integrity, transparency, dedication
Impartiality, Integrity, Passion
Passion, Perseverance, Performance
European Chitue candidate
Direkt, engagiert, konkret
(loose translation in English: Direct, Involved, Concrete)
Kalon Tripa candidates
Unity, Innovation and Self-Reliance
Experience, Integrity, Vision
Tenzin Namgyal Tethong
Tried, Tested and Trusted
Yesterday, I was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for their World Today program on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am giving below the transcript as provide by ABC on its website.
Although the discussion only touched on the issue of devolution of authority, His Holiness’ statement refers to some other points that may see increased discussions in the coming months. One of them is his suggestion for an international fact-finding team to see the state of affairs in Tibet. Let us see how the Chinese take up this challenge.
According to ABC, “The World Today is a comprehensive current affairs program which backgrounds, analyses, interprets and encourages debate on events and issues of interest and importance to all Australians.”
ELIZABETH JACKSON: The Dalai Lama has announced that he will step down from his role as the political leader of the Tibetan exile government.
By devolving his powers the Dalai Lama would give the prime minister greater clout as the region seeks autonomy from China.
Tibetans will vote for a new prime minister this month with the elections seen as ushering in a generation of younger leaders.
The Dalai Lama told a gathering of supporters in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala that it was time for them now to pick a new political successor.
Bhuchung Tsering previously worked in the office of the Dalai Lama.
He’s currently the vice president for Special Programs for the International Campaign for Tibet and a member of the Task Force on Negotiations.
He spoke to me a short time ago from Washington.
I asked him why the Dalai Lama had made this decision now.
BHUCHUNG TSERING: I would say there are two main reasons why he has taken this step.
First of all as explained in his statement this is part of his long held aspiration if you will to democratise the Tibetan community and to encourage the Tibetan people in the democratic system of governance.
Secondly I think it is also in a way to enable the Tibetan struggle to sustain itself even in the absence of the Dalai Lama.
So it is these two objectives that I think that has made His Holiness to announce this. Read More…