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Dalai's retirement proposal radical, says Rinpoche

March 27, 2011

Naresh Kumar Sharma, TNN | Mar 18, 2011, 06.54am IST

DHARAMSALA: Even though, the exiled Tibetan parliament continues to deliberate on the formal proposal of the exiled spiritual head of Tibetan community, the Dalai Lama to devolve his political authority, the de facto Prime Minister of Tibet Samdhong Rinpoche, stated here on Thursday that Dalai Lama's formal proposal to retire from his political engagements as radical and forward looking.

Speaking to TOI, he said that as of now the possibility of the Dalai Lama's proposal going through appears to be extremely little. He said that the Tibetan community has been perhaps shocked by the retirement proposal of the Dalai Lama adding that they were finding it very difficult to come to terms with it. The Tibetans were worried and concerned about what would happen to the Tibetan cause in the post-Dalai Lama era, said Rinpoche.

He said that the Dalai Lama though had present his formal proposal to the exiled Tibetan parliament on Monday which was currently holding its annual budget session had been dwelling on the aspect of retiring from his political duties. He said that the retirement of the Dalai Lama would definitely have impact on the Tibetan movement but added that it would continue emphasizing that the new elected government of exiled Tibetans for which elections would be held on Sunday would be able to carry forward the movement.

He said that since the Dalai Lama had set up the proper infrastructure in terms of installing exiled democratic political system for Tibetan community and only thing was needed to continue the governance of the exiled Tibetan movement along with the responsibility of pushing further the Tibetan movement for Tibetan cause. On being asked about the major highlights of his tenure since Rinpoche would also be demitting his office in view of the elections for the post of elected prime minister called as Kalon Tripa on Sunday, said that it was up to the Tibetan community to see and assess what had been done in his two tenures to move forward in resolving the Tibet issue.

He said that during his two terms the exiled Tibetan government had made sincere efforts and held negotiations with the Chinese representatives to find amicable solution of the problem. When asked that would Tibetans be able realize their dream to return to their homeland to get genuine autonomy as envisaged by Dalai Lama's middle-way approach, he said that for this to happen, it was difficult to set any time-frame.

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