Saturday, March 19, 2011

Response to TYC's appeal letter to members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

Following is the copy of an email that I sent to the editors, The Tibetan Political Review in response to their coverage on TYC: An Appeal letter to the members of the members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. The piece can be accessed at

Dear Editors,

This is in response to the Tibetan Youth Congress's appeal to the members of the Tibetan Parliament in-exile (TPiE). I agree with TYC's appeal supporting complete retirement for His Holiness the Dalai Lama from the Tibetan polity. However, I fail to understand the double standard of TYC on this appeal. The Dalai Lama's statement provided an opportunity for the TYC to lead by an example before writing such an appeal to the TPiE.

Here is my rationale. One particular aims and objectives of TYC has always been in conflict with what they stand for i.e., complete independence for Tibet. Among the four, the first aims and objectives of TYC states, "To dedicate oneself to the task of serving one’s country and people under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Spiritual and Temporal Ruler of Tibet". Did they followed the guidance of the Dalai Lama on Middle Way Approach? I believe every Tibetan has an answer to this. You can access TYC's aims and objectives on this link

The TYC should have changed/nullified this particular aims and objectives before appealing to the TPiE. How can they appeal to another Tibetan organization when they themselves are sticking to the old guns? Does it make sense? For me, NOT. Its high time for Tibetan organizations such as TYC to take more responsibility on what they say/write to the general public as well as to the Tibetan government in-exile. If Tibetans have to stand without the Dalai Lama, they have to stand responsibly.

On a side note, if the TPiE accepts Dalai Lama's proposal, then, the Charter for the Tibetans in-exile should have some say on Tibetan Non-Governmental Organizations such as Tibetan Youth Congress. For instance, these NGOs (or NPOs in the United States) should file a copy of their income-tax or audited financial statements to the Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala. Moreover, the Central Tibetan Administration should have an authority to invalidate any Tibetan NGOs (and its executive members) who act against the national interest of the Tibetan people. These are two immediate changes that I see as important.

Lastly, I hope I am not wrong to ask these from one of the biggest Tibetan organizations in-exile.


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