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Evaluate the Manifesto of the Candidates (Revised Version)

October 14, 2010

By Ngawang Choechen, Cary, N.C., U.S.A.
The Tibetan Political Review
October 8, 2010

The primary voting for the election of Kalon
Tripa (Prime Minister) and Chitues
(Representatives) of the Tibetan Government in
Exile is just over.  Unlike previous elections,
this time we had a large number of promising
candidates especially for Kalon Tripa. Now it
becomes the solemn duty of each and every
registered Tibetan voter to evaluate the
candidate’s manifesto cast his or her precious
vote during the final election without any
pressure or influence from any quarters including
the family members. Every single voter needs to
independently research and possess a deep
knowledge about the candidate. It is important to
know the candidate’s qualification and experience
but it is more important to know his or her
manifesto i.e. what he or she plans to do if
elected as the Kalon Tripa or a Chitue.

I was not able to go through the manifesto of
most of the candidates yet.  I am sure they must
have thoroughly prepared their Manifesto. They
should be candid in presenting their plans
especially the implementation aspect. Merely
saying that I was so and so and did this and that
or just enumerating a long list of plans or
repeating, “I will sincerely follow the
directions of HH the Dalai Lama" will not
convince all the voters. A serious candidate
needs to present his policy and programs and
explain how he or she is going to implement them.

As a concerned Tibetan, I would like to offer
some of my humble suggestions for the finalists
especially the North America Chitue candidates
and also for the Kalon Tripa candidates. I hope
some of them might like to include some of my
suggestions in their manifesto. Some of my
suggestions are quite simple whereas others are
quite visionary. But I strongly believe, “If
there is a will, there is a way." Now let me
briefly explain some of my suggestions.

Leadership of the Dalai Lama

Every Tibetan agrees that the most important
quality in a candidate is that the candidate
should solemnly respect, accept and follow the
leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his
dedicated service for the Tibetan people and the
entire humanity throughout his life. When I say,
“respect, accept and follow”, my concept may be
somewhat different from others. Let me take one
simple example. I highly admire numerous
organizations offering frequent expensive
Tenshugs for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long
life but I believe it is more important to
sincerely follow and practice his advice. I am
sure His Holiness will be happier if we follow
his advice and practice them sincerely.

Unity of the Tibetan people

Comparatively the Tibetan people are well united
but occasionally there occurs few differences as
in any other society. Recent unpleasant episode
for a trivial matter during the Tibetan
parliament session was a case in point.
Unfortunately the communist Chinese government
always tries to use even our trivial differences
against us in order to create disunity amongst
us. In order to overcome such occurrences, the
prospective candidates need to understand the
sensitivity and complexity of our regional and
sectarian based society. They need to work
sincerely for the genuine and solid unity of all
the Tibetan people from the three provinces of
Tibet and also the religious traditions. They
need to patiently hear divergent views and then
create genuine understanding among them. They
should be able to provide correct and convincing
information to the few misinformed people about
the Tibetan administration and functioning of
Tibetan democracy in exile and thereby win the
genuine trust of all the Tibetans build a solid
unity. They can encourage critics to participate
in the Tibetan democracy rather than engaging in
damaging negative tactics without participating
in building the nascent Tibetan
democracy.  Constructive suggestions are always
welcome in a democracy. Unfounded, baseless and
negative comments with an ill intention to damage
a promising candidate based on personal reasons
will not serve any purpose. Honesty and
impartiality is the key to success in the long run even in personal lives.

Better religious harmony

Our Chitues or Kalon Tripa should try to create
more religious harmony by reaching the few
misinformed people and exchange views and try to
correct their misconception through education and
harmonious dialogue. We should win their hearts
through education and mutual understanding and
trust. As a Chitue, he or she should pay equal
respect to all the religious traditions
especially among the four Tibetan Buddhist
traditions and Bon. Basic principle of all the
religions is the same, “Compassion”. North
America Chitue should encourage establishment of
more Tibetan Dharma Centers with Buddhist study
programs rather than merely meditation programs
and encourage everyone to participate in the
teachings of Lamas and Gesheys especially the
Sunday teachings and kids programs in various
places. Encourage more youths to participate in
Buddhist teachings, seminars or discussions and
try to understand the basic principle of Buddhism.

Ume Lam or Rangzen approach

Concerning our political approach, currently we
are pursuing middle way approach proposed by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. But there appears to be
some misconception about these two approaches.
The potential candidate needs to understand the
approaches thoroughly and then educate the
Tibetan community especially about the true
meaning and goal of the middle way approach. They
should also explain Rangzen approach as desired
by a large number of Tibetans. I believe in the
heart of hearts, everyone wants Rangzen but under
the prevailing circumstances, we have chosen Ume
Lam (middle way approach) proposed by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. I believe it was not an
easy choice for His Holiness the Dalai Lama but
under the prevailing situation he had to advocate
it with a heavy heart. The main goal of pursuing
Ume Lam was just to save the very identity of the
Tibetan people which is at the verge of
extinction in Chinese occupied Tibet. It was also
aimed for the mutual benefits for the Tibetan and Chinese peoples.

As we know well that His Holiness did not force
us to accept Ume Lam. He graciously gave the
Tibetan people  a choice and we the majority of
the Tibetan people eventually chose it. But
remember His Holiness had candidly said that the
ultimate decision lies with the Tibetan people.
In view of these, our immediate goal should be to
pursue Ume Lam perhaps more rigorously by
continuing the present contacts with the Chinese
leadership. But if no result is achieved soon or
within a specific given time, we have to rethink
our approach seriously. If the Chinese leadership
plays the ill conceived game of delaying tactics,
we should convince His Holiness and with his
approval, we should appeal the Tibetan people
through Chitue Lhenkhang for a swift change to the Rangzen approach.

Four year term of Kalon Tripa and Chitue

The next important manifesto of a candidate
should be the term of Kalon Tripa and Chitue.
Five years’ term for Kalon Tripa and individual
Chtiue are pretty long for us. We need a four
years term at the present juncture. The elected
Chitue should discuss about the advantages of
four year term and convince other fellow Chitues
and introduce a private bill for limiting the
term of Kalon Tripa and individual Chitues for
four year. There are Chitues serving for numerous
terms which prevent opportunity for others.
Therefore, newly elected Chitue should table a
private legislation for limiting the term of
Kalon Tripa as well as individual Chitue to two
consecutive terms. However the Chitue should be
eligible for re-election after a gap. With a
shorter term, more people will avail opportunity
to serve the Tibetan people.  Several countries already follow this system.

More Chitue seats for North America next time

Another important agenda for the Chitues
especially from North America is that he or she
should make concerted efforts to raise the number
of Chitue seats for North America and also Far
East. The Tibetan administration and Chitues
should realize that the number of Tibetans in the
western countries especially North America is
multiplying every year. This is a fact and no one
can stop the migration of Tibetans to the greener
pastures (western countries). In a way there are
advantages politically as well as economically if
more people could settle in the west. In order to
represent a large Tibetan community, we need more
Chitues. Ten years ago, I had opined five Chitues
for North America (one each in east coast, mid
region and west coast in the United States and
one in Toronto and another probably in Calgary in
Canada. On contrary, after ten years it was
unfortunate that a Chitue seat for the growing
Tibetan population such as Australia, Japan and
Taiwan was not approved during the recent Tibetan
parliament session. One less farsighted Chitue
has objected the motion. We definitely need to
increase the Chitue seats in North America and
elsewhere as when the population increases.

Larger office complex Office of Tibet

Yet another very important matter is that New
York City is becoming very important for the
Tibetans from all aspects-especially from the
political angle as it is the headquarters of the
UNO.  It is also the most populated city in the
United States and also most populated Tibetan
community. But I always felt that the current
building of the Office of Tibet is not adequate
and also understaffed. The Tibetan government in
exile certainly needs a larger modern complex for
the Office of Tibet situated at a better location
in New York City. The staff at the Office of
Tibet needs separate offices of their own in the
complex for privacy, security and efficiency. The
Office of Tibet needs internal departments for
various services as prevalent in a large embassy
of an independent country. We need to expand the
scope of Office of Tibet to include numerous
services. It should be a large multi service facility.

Street view of the Office of Tibet (the white townhouse), New York

The Chitues should also make sure that most
talented Tibetan diplomats should be assigned for
the Office of Tibet and at the same time ask for
better salary and more facilities for the staff
such as a car for the Representative of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama for his prestige because
he or she is representing His Holiness and the
Tibetan government in exile. In order to realize
this, we need to acquire a large facility, have
more departments and increase number of staff at the Office of Tibet.

In order to materialize these lofty goals, we
need an enormous fund. By realizing the needs and
importance of such a large modern office complex
and additional staff, Kalon Tripa or North
America Chitues should seek approval from Kashak
or Chitue Lhenkhang to create a position of a
Financial Director at the Office of Tibet mainly
for raising funds. He or she should be
specialized in FC Programs and thus could raise
funds through numerous foundations or other
sources for the purpose. There are numerous
foundations and I strongly believe that some of
them will certainly entertain our proposals.

Career counseling & information session

In our society, we have a tendency of aping the
others. When someone did well in seater selling
business, many followed it. Similarly when
someone succeeded in woolen carpet business in
Nepal, many followed it. When someone was earning
well in baby sitting, even some highly educated
Tibetan ladies chose the profession. Now many opt
for nursing. Many men choose house keeping. I am
not saying that these professions are bad. But we
need diversity for more economic security. More
and more Tibetans young or old aspire for higher
studies and they really need right information
and counseling. The Office of Tibet needs a
Career Counseling Department in their complex for
those who plan to pursue higher studies such as
law, engineering, medicine, information
technology, communication, journalism, etc. The
Department can also organize information sessions
for various other services and also obtaining
various licenses such as teaching, nursing, real
estate, etc and also by building a network among
all the Tibetan professionals thereby able to
exchange expertise. North America Chitues can
play important role in this regard.

Orientation for new Tibetan immigrants

The new ever increasing Tibetan immigrants face
numerous problems in a new country with vast
different system such as travel in large cities,
asylum procedure, family reunification, permanent
residence, citizenship, school admission, further
studies, micro employment, business, health care,
insurance, etc. North America Chitues should also
recommend establishing a section in the Office of
Tibet for organizing regular orientation for new
Tibetan immigrants. Even a relatively small
Nepalese community in United States has nice
brochures containing such information. In fact, I
gave a copy of Nepalese information guide book to
Mr. Tsewang Phuntsok la, Liaison Officer of South
America during the last Tibetan Professional Conference.

More legal Tibetan immigrants

Many Tibetans from India, Nepal and Tibet try
their best to come to the United States or other
western countries. Many spend huge amount of
money for obtaining a visa to the United States.
The North America Chitues can approach the United
States government through some Tibet sympathizing
congressmen for obtaining more immigrants visas
for the Tibetans and also should build a cordial
relation with visa consuls for granting visa for
more Tibetan applicants. Also Chitues can
organize seminars by themselves or encourage
others to do so by inviting immigration attorneys
in large cities such as New York, California,
Toronto or other places where a large number of
Tibetans reside. The Tibetans will learn various
legal immigration programs such as asylum,
marriage, adoption, relative petition, religious,
business and employment related visas.

Encouraging Small Business

Similarly the newly elected Chitues could
encourage numerous organizations and Tibetan
associations in North America or elsewhere to
organize seminars on capital arrangement for
starting small business. Tibetans normally look
for better jobs rather than exploring the
possibility of starting a small business as even
an illiterate Chinese would do. Building credit
scores and understanding various loan programs
for starting small business and home ownership
are also important. Buying or selling residential
homes or vacant lots are also somewhat
complicated. Information sessions could be
arranged by using pretty large number of Tibetan
real estate professionals scattered all over the
North America. Even buying a car is not that
simple. Sometimes we find excellent cars at
reasonally low prices through Craig’s list. Our
common people need to know about these choices.

Prompt supply of Green Books

Our current system requires a voter needs a valid
Green Book in order to be eligible to participate
in the election. But it is pretty complicated
process to obtain a Green Book at present.
Therefore, one of the important responsibilities
of the North America Chitue is to ensure prompt
supply of Green Books to deserving Tibetans and
timely collections of Green Book contributions.
Encourage contribution from more people
especially living in small towns. The Chitue can
gather information and remind the Office of Tibet
to reach all the Tibetans living in every corners
of their jurisdiction. During the recent
registration for Kalon Tripa and Chitue election,
many Tibetans especially younger generations were
disfranchised due to unavailability of Green
Books. Otherwise the picture of the election
result would also somewhat different.

Free Tibet activities

I admire and salute the Tibetans living in big
cities or Tibetan community hubs participating in
Free Tibet activities sacrificing their working
hours and even risking their jobs. But at many
places where fewer Tibetans live especially in
the western countries, little events take place
for our cause. The elected Chitues should
encourage the Tibetans living in every corner of
the world to observe at least 10th March in their
respective village, town or city to create
awareness of the Tibetan issue and garner
support. Tibet awareness can be developed even
among the colleagues at your work places.

The Chitues especially in the western countries
should try their best to contact as many state
and national representatives as possible and
garner their support for the Tibetan cause. They
should mobilize support from professional groups
such as lawyers, teachers, students, etc. They
should also explore the possibility of His
Holiness’ visit to all the states in North
America or elsewhere in the world. They should
try to organize conferences and seminars and seek
advices from politicians, lawyers, academicians,
scholars, journalists, former TiGE members, TYC,
TWA, spiritual masters, youth leaders,
intellectuals, historians, etc regarding what he
or she can do and should do in a free world for
the Tibetan cause and also for the welfare of the Tibetan community.

Sharing Tibetan Values

The Tibetans should realize that the western
people admire the Tibetan values such as honesty,
hard work, trustworthy, etc. Individual Chitues
should take every opportunity at public
gatherings to appeal the Tibetans in the west to
share the Tibetan values in their work places,
neighborhood, high schools,
colleges/universities, etc. Encourage the
Tibetans to involve in their community activities
with the western friends such as joining parents
associations and eventually try to get elected in
local civic posts and then gradually in the state
and finally at the national level. Over the years
more and more Tibetans are becoming naturalized
citizens of their host countries in the west.
Therefore, they should participate in the host
country’s national politics also and mobilize
their support for our just cause. Many Indian,
Chinese, Hispanic and other nationalities are doing the same.

Encouraging Tibetans to write their life stories

It is opportune time to write the memoirs or life
history of individual Tibetans especially those
Tibetans like me who were born, lived and
experienced their lives in independent Tibet.
After the Chinese occupation, many changes have
taken place in Tibet. Many Tibetans who were born
and lived in Tibet after the Chinese occupation
have not seen the traditional life of independent
Tibet and those who have seen were slowly
diminishing as their ages advance. As such, I
have almost completed writing my life story.

People like me saw torture and persecution of my
parents and other Tibetans by the communist
Chinese regime and escaped Tibet at an early age.
We have personally experienced the hardship of a
refugee life.  We have seen and experienced the
challenges as well as successes of the Tibetan
refugees in exile. The Tibetan refugees of my
generation are slowly leaving this world in exile too as they grow older.

I believe if I write my life story, many other
Tibetans of my generation might also write their
stories perhaps better than mine. There are still
a sizeable Tibetan population who were born &
lived in Tibet, fled Tibet and raised in exile
facing challenges. I believe that this kind of
life story of my generation will certainly help
our future generation learn from their elders
what independent Tibet looked like and how their
parents or grand parents suffered or succeeded in their life in exile.

We have plenty of literature on the Tibetan
history but most of them mainly give the details
of happening in Yarlung Tsangpo valley or U
(central) region of Tibet does not cover or
lacked local history such as my birth place or
your birth place. We have numerous oral histories
of various regions of Tibet but most of them are
not put on writing. This kind of life story of an
individual will be of great help to Tibetan historians.

I changed my profession several times such as
military, teaching, school administration, office
staff, restaurant management, youth leadership,
broadcasting journalism, management, translation,
US postal service, real estate, sales, etc, I
want to share the basic requirement of those jobs
and hope they will be helpful to those who need the information.

Finally, I want to inform the international
readers about the true picture of independent
Tibet, the Chinese invasion and life of Tibetan
refugees in exile through my life story. It can
also serve as a useful travel guide in some way
for those wish to visit the places where I lived
or visited. In view of these Kalon Tripa or
honorable Chitues should encourage elderly Tibetans to write their life stories

Cultivating constructive criticism

We are happy that we now have numerous media
avenues-print and website forums. But some give
more importance to a few individuals of their
choice to utilize their forum more lavishly and
their articles are appearing frequently in their
websites whereas others are neglected. This
sometimes creates monotony and we have no dearth
of contributors. For example I sent few news
reports and articles on important issues to
Phayul over the years but they have hardly
accepted my contributions. Not even single line
answer is not given explaining the reason why it
is not acceptable. On the other hand they do not
edit some of the recent damaging words freely
used in their message section forum against some
of our promising and potential Kalon Tripa and
Chitue candidates. I hope they know the negative
impact of the comments flooded on their forum on
our voters particularly if the allegations are
not true. I also have a Diploma in Journalism and
worked for a couple of years and I believe that
an impartial journalist should be responsible for
what or she writes and also appears on their
websites. I believe freedom of speech has a limit
and absolute freedom without limit will not raise the image of the web host.

As such our honorable Chitues should encourage
our media persons or organizations for providing
more unbiased, positive and accurate news and
views in their forum. At the present juncture, we
need to share more success stories and positive
or constructive suggestions rather than negative
and malicious news and views in the name of press
freedom which only make our common enemy happy
(communist Chinese government). Personal attack
due to petty personal matters should be avoided
for the common cause. If there is truth in their
accusations which is going to affect our common
cause, it should come out open and the
contributor must reveal his or her identity
especially in the important matter like Chitue and Kalon Tripa election.

Implementing meeting resolutions

I have been attending or seeing numerous
resolutions for the past few decades. We usually
have excellent resolutions after a meeting or
conference but when we review the implementation
aspect of the resolutions during the next
meeting, many of them are not implemented without
any specific reasons. It becomes a waste of time,
energy and money if we do not review the
implementation aspects of the meeting. Our
Chitues or Kalon Tripa should encourage all the
NGOs and the Tibetan government meetings and
conferences to have fewer but rather practical
resolutions and pay more attention to the
implementation aspect. In order to achieve the
best results, every meeting needs to nominate
someone to monitor and oversee the implementation
of the resolutions passed by them in the given
time frame. Chances should be given to everyone to express his or her views.

Tibetan Private schools in the west and Tibet

The next manifesto item is about education of the
Tibetan children. Our education system needs
timely reforms according to the prevailing system
in the world and also meets our unique
requirement. Spoon feeding system should be
minimized and more research oriented system
should be developed. Chitues or Kalon Tripa
should vigorously review and implement the new
education policies prepared by the present Kashak.

It is also the right time that seminars or
research should be done to explore the
possibility of starting private Tibetan schools
in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia,
etc. TCV style schools with some deviation
according to the legal aspect of the host
countries are needed especially at places where a
large number of Tibetans live in North America or
elsewhere. Starting a charter school is also not
that complicated in the United States.

It is admirable that many Tibetans have been
starting and running schools in Tibet. But we
need more schools in all the regions of Tibet.
Chitues or Kalon Tripa should encourage
individuals or non profit organization to open
more schools in all the regions of Tibet as far
as possible. Also Kalon Trip or Chitue should
encourage Tibetan parents in Tibet through
various channels to try to send their children to
TCV for their education. The parents should know
that it is free education in a best environment.
It does not matter whether the educated youths
remain in exile or return to Tibet after completion of their education.

Preserving Tibetan Language in the west

His Holiness the Dalai Lama always stresses on
speaking Tibetan language among youth at home and
amongst themselves especially in the west. But I
see many parents prefer speaking English with
their children at home. Our Chitues should make
special efforts to materialize His Holiness
advice. They should advice the parents from time
to time to make sure that they speak Tibetan at
home. The North America Chitues should encourage
Tibetan associations, TYC or TWA or NGOs to
organize frequent Tibetan language competitions
both for spoken and written Tibetan. Substantial
rewards should be given to the winners as well as participants.

The Chitues should also approach the Department
of Education at Dharamsala or elsewhere and
tryacquire or produce more learning materials in
order to learn and improve the Tibetan language
for youths. They need to ask Sherig Lhenkhang to
bring out more interesting reading materials or
audio and video CDs for youth in the west in
learning Tibetan. Efforts should also be made to
study how Jews, Chinese and other immigrants have
managed to preserve their language.

Enhancing summer camp at TCV

I appreciate the Office of Tibet for organizing a
summer program for the Tibetan children at TCV,
Dharamsala every year over the last couple of
years. They were fantastic programs from every
aspect. The children learn numerous aspects of
Tibet and the Tibetans. The program should be
enhanced and perhaps for a longer period and
available for more Tibetan children living in the
western countries. The North America Chitues
should request the suggested Financial Director
at the Office of Tibet to raise fund and arrange
financial aid for needy Tibetan parents having
several children in their family. The Chitues
should also ask the Office of Tibet to help the
summer camp participants in obtaining their visa
and travel arrangements if the parents face problems.

Mobile TIPA in North America

Thanks to ex-TIPA artistes and many other
talented Tibetan artists, a large number of
children in the west learn and take interest in
Tibetan music and dance. Many groups such as
Chaksampa is doing praiseworthy jobs. The Chitues
or Kalon Tripa should organize seminars or seek
suggestions to explore the possibility of
establishing a Mobile-TIPA in North America like
the Chinese community has one in New York in
order to reach all the states and major cities
for life shows. This will help promote about our
rich cultural tradition and also arouse the
awareness of our cause. Encourage all the Tibetan
associations to arrange Tibetan music and dance
classes for youths seeking help from ex-TIPA
artists and other talented volunteers.

Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute

Tibetan Institute of Medical Astro Instute at
Dharamsala has become popular over the years and
people from all over the world consult our
doctors. Moreover, the government of India has
also given official recognition to the Tibetan
medicine. The Chinese people have started
numerous institutes in the United States. At
present Tibetan medicines can legally be used as
food supplements in the United States. The
Chitues from North America and also Kalon Tripa
should approach political circles as well as
bureaucratic authorities and seek due approval
for a Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute in
North America. Knowledge and experience of many
traditional Tibetan doctors are not being used widely at the moment.

Senior Home for Tibetans in the west

More and more Tibetans are getting old in the
United States. Persons who were 45 when they
immigrated to US in 1993 are already senior
citizens. We need senior homes designed to the
spiritually rooted Tibetan elders such as a
facility having living quarters, dining hall,
recreation center, park, Buddhist shrine and
stupa to go round. Going round a stupa is good
from spiritual as well as from health point of
view as a physical exercise. Kalon Tripa or
Chitues should explore the possibility of
establishing simple senior living facilities by
seeking financial assistance from foundations &
using their own Social Security and savings. This
will set a very good example for western senior
living facilities. The Financial Director at the
Office of Tibet could also shoulder the
responsibility or a non-profit organization should be created for the purpose.

Relations with Chinese community

As advised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
recently we have been making an effort to build
cordial relation with the Chinese people. It is
very important to win the hearts of the Chinese
people especially pro-democracy activists,
students, professors, scholars, lawyers,
journalists, historians, church leaders, etc.
North America or other Chitues should try to
organize frequent interaction with the Chinese
people in order to buildi friendly relations with
the Chinese community. We could organize
inter-community seminars on various areas such as
health, medicine, culture, Buddhism, business,
democracy, etc. We need to encourage more Tibetan
students to learn Chinese and urge the Chinese
students to learn Tibetan especially those who
are interested in Tibetan Buddhism or culture.

Ex SFF Organizations

We need to establish a strong and unified
organization of the former members of Special
Frontier Force, Establishment 22 (Tibetan
military organization) in India as well as in the
west. Founding such organizations has several
advantages. The personnel of this organization
are well trained in various fields such as
leadership, physical fitness exercise, rock
climbing, mountaineering, swimming, parachute
landing, guerilla warfare, reconnaissance, map
reading, medical treatment, sports, wireless,
office work, security service, driving, cooking,
cleanliness, etc. Moreover they are generally
physically fit, hard working and disciplined to
mobilize in an emergency relief work such as
flood, earthquake, fire, etc. Most of them have
become successful wherever they have settled
after their discharge from SFF. There are
thousands of former members. The members are from
all the regions of Tibet and belong to all the
Tibetan religious traditions. Some of our great
leaders and settlement heads and also a few
Chitue candidates are former members of this
organization. Who knows if a situation arises to
fight for our independence especially if the
Chinese regime refuse to accept our middle way
approach, we will be able to utilize the services
of these compatriots again. I am not advocating for a military campaign now.

National versus regional organizations

Recently more and more regional organizations or
groups are emerging especially in the west. I
appreciate if they are working for the
preservation of the local folk culture of their
region or trying to help the needy people in
their region in Tibet or doing research in their
local history. But I have always chosen in
joining national organizations such as Tibetan
Youth Congress or Special Frontier Force or
Students for a Free Tibet. I dislike people
voting for Kalon Tripa or North America Chitues
from regional point of view because they
represent people from all the regions of
Tibet.  The Chitues should encourage more
Tibetans to join more neutral organizations such
as TYC, TWA, SFT, Tibet support groups,
ex-students organization of especially bigger
schools, ex SFF organization, monks or nuns
communities, social service organizations, etc
rather than encouraging membership of small
regional organizations. Sometimes a tiny group
could play factional politics in our national
politics. It is not helpful. We have to recollect
recent episode at Tibetan parliament session.
Joining national organizations and utilizing all
the resources for the common cause will greatly
strengthen our unity among all the Tibetans and
thus our efforts to achieve our national goals will be stronger.

Establishing Tibet Towns in North America

The most exciting and visionary Manifesto of
North America Chitues and also Kalon Tripa should
be to explore the possibility of establishing
Tibet Towns in United States, Canada and other
countries where large number of Tibetans reside.
The Tibetan government or Tibetan enterprenurs
could buy a large tract of land over several
hundreds or even a thousand acres of land. It
should not be far away from a large city. There
are vacant lands for sale for less than a
thousand dollars an acre in many parts of the
United States. The land thus procured could be
divided into plots of a quarter of an acre or
even less and then sold among desirous persons.
Architectural designers, developers, builders,
realtors could be convened for a feasibility
study. The infrastructure in the Tibet town
should be generally self reliant and self
employing having numerous facilities such as a
Palace for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Rimey
(non-sectarian) Monastery, schools, child care
centers, medical clinics, Thangka schools,
libraries, culture centers, entertainment units,
sports facilities, restaurants, guest houses,
handicraft centers, gift stores, grocery stores,
gas stations, laundry, parks, etc. At the
minimum, such a Tibet Town needs facilities like
a large Sector in Chandigarh, India where all the
essential facilities are available.

In fact, I have submitted a gist of such an idea
to Mr. Tashi Wangdu, the former representative of
HH the Dalai Lama when he visited North Carolina
in 2007 to explore the possibility of a future
visit of HH the Dalai Lama to some of the large
universities. During that time, Mr. Tashi Wangdu
gave an inspiring talk to a large gathering at
the local Tibetan Buddhist center. After the talk
program, we had a dinner with the small Tibetan
community and our supporters at an Indian
restaurant during which I presented the idea. Mr.
Tashi Wangdu la appreciated my idea. There was a
talk about immigration of a large number of
Tibetans from Nepal and he said that he would be
convening a meeting of the Tibetan associations.
He said that he would invite me during the
meeting and I could share my idea. But the
meeting never took place and talk of immigration
program was also not materialized perhaps due to
Nepal government’s refusal to grant exit permits to the Tibetan refugees.

Conclusion

The above mentioned points are some of my ideas
for inclusion in the Manifesto of a Chitue or
Kalon Tripa candidate. I am sure the candidates
must have prepared more elaborate manifesto than
those of mine. However I would like to see some
of the above programs are also included in their
manifesto. My warmest greetings to all the
enthusiastic candidates. Tashi Delek!

The contributor holds a Master’s degree in
English Literature, Bachelor’s degree in
Education and Diploma in Tibetan Language,
Literature & History from the Department of
Central Asian Studies, Panjab University,
Chandigarh. Also holds a High School English
Teacher License from the Department of Public
Instruction, North Carolina, United States. Has
served as an Assistant Leader in Special Frontier
Force (Tibetan military organization in India).
Later served as an English Teacher in schools in
India including TCV Senior School, Dharamsala.
Also served as headmaster and Principal of
Tibetan High schools in Nepal. Worked in the
Office of Central Executive Committee of TYC,
Dharamsala and elected as President of Regional
TYC, Kathmandu and also New York & New Jersey.
Also worked as a Radio journalist for Voice of
Tibet, Norway. After immigration to the United
States, served as n Executive Director of New
York Tibetan Alliance and Tibetan American
Foundation of Minnesota. Currently he is a
Realtor in North Carolina and a member of
National Realtor’s Association. He can be reached at choechen@yahoo.com
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