Monday, March 14, 2016

5 STEPS to Choose Your 2016 Sikyong




Step One: Pick Your Top Priorities
Everyone have a different set of priorities. To ease your selection of right Sikyong, pick top three or five issues that best fits as your Top Priorities. This will help you to narrow down on what you are looking for in a Sikyong.

(Issues could be Negotiation with China; Viability of Tibetan Settlements in India; Education; Unity in Diversity; Visit of His Holiness to Tibet; Economy; Preservation of culture and language)

Step Two: Listen to Both Candidates
Many just listen to their own biases, meaning they only listen to their preferred Sikyong candidate. In reality, this should be the opposite. You should listen more to the candidate you do not like or approve. This will help you to understand both candidates equally. When you listen, don't just listen to video or audio clips.  Listen to the entire video, audio or read the entire document.

Step Three: Verifiable vs Non-Verifiable Facts
During the election period, there will be a number of speeches from candidates as well as from their supporters. However, many of these speeches, talks and statements fall under two categories: verifiable facts and non-verifiable facts. You should completely ignore non-verifiable facts as it will not help you in the decision making process. Rather, it will create more confusion. 

(Verifiable facts are those that can be traced to its sources such as trustworthy individual,  documents, videos, etc. Non-verifiable facts are those that can not be traced such as anecdotes, hearsay, slanderous remarks, rumors and gossips)

Step Four: Analyze Thoroughly
Once you listen to both candidates and identified verifiable and non-verifiable facts, it's your time to analyze both candidates thoroughly. When you analyze, analyze as a Tibetan and not as Dho-Toe-Wa, Dho-May-Wa or UTsang-Pa. 

Also, don't listen to anyone else when you are analyzing. It's important that your analysis is unbiased and free from influence such as intellectual, son, daughter, brother, mother, father, uncle or neighbor. 

Step Five: Rank Your Priorities
After thorough analysis, it's your task to look back at your top priorities i.e., Step One.  Based on your analysis, rank Sikyong candidates with numbers such as 1 to 5, where 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest.

Then, sum up your ranking and see who is the right 2016 Sikyong for you. The candidate with the highest total should be your 2016 Sikyong.  Finally, don't forget to share your analysis with other Tibetans to help them begin their own 5 step process. 

You are now done. CONGRATULATE yourself on this achievement and treat yourself a good food and drink. 


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