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RTYC Toronto hosts panel discussion to mark youth day

October 13, 2009

By Sonam Dorjee
RTYC
October 12, 2009

Toronto - Dr. Lobsang Lobsang Sangay (Senge)
responded affirmatively when he was asked about
his take on being one of the 11 nominees for the
post of 2011 Kalon Tripa in the
www.Kalontripa.org website during a Q&A session.
Lobsang was speaking at a panel discussion
organized by the RTYC, Toronto on ‘Choosing the
Next Kalon Tripa in 2011’ to mark the 40th
Founding Day of the Tibetan Youth Congress.

Being a key proponent in the Tibetan community to
play a proactive role to further the cause of
Tibet at various levels, he said that he cannot
shy away from the responsibility, if elected for
the post of Kalon Tripa in 2011.

He also emphasised that not having any experience
in the TGIE administration shouldn’t hinder his
capacity to shoulder the responsibilities of Kalon Tripa.

He made a presentation with statistics on the
Kalon Tripa’s election, voter’s turnout and drew
comparative analysis with many different
countries. He also stressed the need to focus on
the ‘process’ of the democracy and encouraged
everyone to take keen interest and participate in the process.

There are currently eleven individuals nominated
for the post of Kalon Tripa on the Kalontripa.org
website and four of them have already secured the
required endorsement of 25 endorser to become an
official nominee of the website, which has been
initiated by Mr. Thupten Samdup, the
Representative of H.H the Dalai in England.

Other panelists were Mr. Lhasang Tsering, a
strong supporter of Tibetan Independence movement
and Ms. Tsering Tsomo, a former member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

Mr. Lhasang Tsering was the chief guest during
the occasion and discussed his concerns on the
dire state of Tibetans in Tibet. He reminded
everyone about the fact that the ‘time is,
indeed, running out for Tibet’, especially
considering the Chinese government policy of
population transfer into Tibet. The Chinese
leaders are not trustworthy and hence no matter
how much effort we may put into resolving the
issue of Tibet through Middle Way approach, there
won’t be any success, he said. Mr. Lhasang
Tsering echoed that the other party with whom we
are dealing is deceptive and simply buying out a
time to execute their cruel policies towards the
Tibetan people in Tibet. He said it is a high
time therefore to unite and fight for the
Rangzen, which is the only solution to resolve the issue of Tibet.

Ms. Tsering Tsomo emphasised on the importance of
non-violence approach and engaging with the
Chinese Diaspora around the world, which should
be done both at the individual and the
organizational levels. The Tibet support network
should be put into service at its best to highlight the situation of Tibet.

Among the challenges, the Indo-Chinese rivalry
and the near par economic status of the US and
China could pose challenge for the Tibetan
leaders in future. She also spoke of internal
challenges from the responsibilities and
accountability issue. There is a need to
strengthen and broaden the democratic institution
by reforming the present structure of Tibetan
Parliament in Exile that is limited by the
existing imbalance of representations from
Tibetan Diaspora around the world, she added.
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