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Election 2011: Questions for the Kalon Tripa Candidates

August 12, 2010

The Tibetan Political Review
August 4, 2010

Two weeks ago, readers of The Tibetan Political
Review were invited to submit questions to ask
the Kalon Tripa candidates.  Below are the
questions that have been edited and compiled by the TPR editorial board.

Kalon Tripa candidates are respectfully requested
to send their answers in English and/or Tibetan
to tpr.editorial.board@gmail.com

It is not required that a candidate answer all
questions, although we believe the voters will
look favorably upon a candidate who does.

We will release the candidates’ unedited
responses on September 2, 2010 (Tibetan Democracy
Day).  The reason for releasing the responses
simultaneously is to prevent an advantage to any candidate.

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GENERAL

1. The position of Kalon Tripa is the highest
executive office of the Tibetan
government.  Please describe what you believe to
be your qualifications to serve in this preeminent leadership position.

2. What are your major weaknesses, and how would
you overcome them in serving as Kalon Tripa?

3. Who are some of the individuals whom you would
consider appointing to the Kashag and other important posts?  Why?

4.  Please list the most important issues that
face the Tibetan government, in your opinion, in decreasing order of priority.

5.  What is your evaluation of the outgoing Kalon
Tripa, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche?  Please give
at least one example of what you believe he did
right and at least one example of what you believe he could have done better.

THE SITUATION IN TIBET

6.  What measures do you believe Tibetans in
exile should take to promote concrete positive
change for Tibetans in Tibet, including land
rights, economic empowerment, and education?

7.  What is your position on the Tibet-China
dialogue? Given the current impasse -- with the
Chinese government refusing to discuss anything
other than His Holiness’ personal status, and the
Tibetan government stating that further
concessions on the Tibetan side are impossible --
what is your long-term vision for solving the Tibet issue?

8.  The "Middle Way Policy" was never passed in
the Tibetan Parliament.  No laws or resolutions
mention the term “Middle Way Policy” per se. Yet
the current Kashag strongly pursues this policy
and claims that it has the “overwhelming majority
support from the Tibetans" and the parliament.
Would you pursue the same policy? Why? If not,
how would you promote as resolution of the Tibetan issue?

9.  Situation: six months into your
administration, you are informed that the U.S.
president has arranged for you to meet with the
Chinese president on the sidelines of the UN
General Assembly.  What would be your plan?

10. Situation: one year into your administration,
demonstrations break out in Lhasa and spread
throughout U-Tsang, Kham, and Amdo.  What would you do?

TIBETAN GOVERNMENT REFORM

11.  What would you do to promote greater
transparency and accountability in how the Tibetan government operates?

12.  How would you work with His Holiness and the
religious leadership to ensure a smooth
reincarnation process for the 15th Dalai Lama and
the selection of a regent?  How would you counter
Chinese efforts to appoint a fake Dalai Lama?

13.  How would you improve standards in the
Tibetan civil service to improve competitiveness
of entry, compensation, and advancement?

14.  How would you strengthen the financial base of the Tibetan government?

THE SITUATION IN EXILE

15.  What would you do to revitalize the Tibetan
settlements and to improve life for Tibetans
seeking employment elsewhere?  How do you view
Tibetan immigration to the West?

16.  What would you do to improve the standard of
education in our school system to ensure that
Tibetan students can successfully navigate the
modern world while being grounded in their
traditions and culture?  How will you promote a
curriculum that promotes creativity and leadership, not just memorization?
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