I generally try not to make political statements here, but today is different. Today exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala shook a fist in the direction of China making a firm statement that Tibetan leadership is strong by electing a new [political] Prime Minister, Lobsang* Sangay (who happens to be a Fulbright Scholar and the first Tibetan to attend Harvard law). The Chinese opposition has yet to comment, yet they consider that Tibetans have no legitimacy, and no right to have held the election in the first place. Guess what – they did it anyway! Why is this such a big step for Tibetans? Tibet is a land of reincarnated lamas (teachers) and leaders who are appointed to their positions. That they have elected a new Prime Minister at the urging of HHDL not only means that they have new blood sitting in office to take strong political action, but also that exiled Tibetans are taking a step towards democracy. This in turn pries open the eyeballs of democratic nations across the globe that haven’t wanted to touch the “Tibet Conflict” with a ten-foot dungchen.
I’m curious to see what will happen when a Harvard lawyer (born in Darjeerling) representing all of exiled Tibet collaborates with a few interested political heads and sits down for tea with some [imperialist] Chinese delegates… I just have a feeling good things will happen – maybe not immediately, but eventually and inevitably… I hope.
*Lobsang means: disciple with a fine mind
- Lobsang Sangay: profile (telegraph.co.uk)
- Lobsang Sangay sworn in as head of Tibet government (telegraph.co.uk)
- Tibetan exiles swear in ‘premier’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Tibet hails its new chief protector (independent.co.uk)
- New Tibetan Leader Sworn in as Prime Minister (foxnews.com)
- New Tibetan leader sworn in as prime minister (sfgate.com)
- New Tibetan Prime Minister Sworn In (online.wsj.com)
- You: Dalai Lama’s political successor sworn in at Indian ceremony (guardian.co.uk)
- Tibet’s first prime minister: the challenges ahead (telegraph.co.uk)