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Tibet Cabinet accepts Dalai Lama's resignation

March 20, 2011

VARINDER BHATIA Posted online: Tue Mar 15 2011, 14:32 hrs

Chandigarh : The Tibetan Cabinet today accepted leader Dalai Lama’s decision to retire as the political head of the exiled Tibetan government.

Speaking in the House, Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) of the exiled Tibetan government, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche said, “With a heavy heart, we have to accept His Holiness’ decision of retirement as political head of the state”.

The seven Cabinet members unanimously accepted Dalai Lama’s decision to retire as political head of the exiled Tibetan government.

However, the Tibetan Parliament is still going against the decision taken by Dalai Lama. Three Members of Parliament, including Dawa Phunkyi, Gyalrong Dawa Tsering and Karma Choephel, who spoke in the House, till the tea-break, has outrightly rejected Dalai Lama’s decision to retire.

Even after the Cabinet has accepted the decision taken by Dalai Lama, the Cabinet ministers are still feeling that the decision will not be passed or accepted by Parliament. “The Cabinet has always accepted the wishes and orders of His Holiness (Dalai Lama). This decision, wherein he has expressed his wish to retire as the political leader of the Tibetans, has also been accepted by the Cabinet; but since Members of Parliament are elected representatives of the people, it is unlikely they will accept this decision. People are not ready to accept Dalai Lama’s decision to retire,” Rinpoche said.

“If the Dalai Lama has wished the time has come, when such a change is required, we all need to think of the best possible ways to implement such a change,” he said. “If the Dalai Lama retires as the political head of the state, it will bring in a major disconnect between the people inside and outside Tibet. It is not at all acceptable,” said Dawa Tsering, Member of Parliament, who spoke in the House and refused to accept Dalai Lama’s resignation.

Similar sentiments were echoed by two other MPs including Dawa Phyunkyi and Karma Choephel; who too mentioned that Dalai Lama’s decision is not at all acceptable by the Tibetan people.

“How could we accept such a decision? It will gravely affect the ongoing talks with the Chinese. Such a decision will have grave ramifications at the international level as well. Moreover, 99 per cent of Tibetans do not want anyone but the Dalai Lama to head them,” said Karma Choephel, another exiled government MP.

“More or less, all members of Parliament are going to say the same thing. We all are representing people and Tibetans inside and outside Tibet are not accepting this change,” said Karma Yeshi, another exiled government MP.

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