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Letter: Response to Rinchen Tobgyal

August 13, 2010

Young-In Kim (by email)
August 12, 2010

I refer to Rinchen Tobgyal's article, "Response
to the Tibetan Political Review's commentary on
Tethong/Sangay". It is obvious that Rinchen
Tobgyal is a supporter of Lobsang Sangay for the
candidacy of the next Tibetan Prime Minister of
the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.  There is
nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is that he
incorrectly accuses the Tibetan Political Review
(TPR) of being biased toward Tenzin Namgyal
Tethong, the other candidate, when all the TPR is
doing is laying out the facts about each
candidate and critiquing each candidate fairly
according to their positions. That does not mean that the TPR is biased.

It seems from Rinchen Tobgyal's discourse that he
dislikes people of elite heritage and position.
He puts down Tenzing Namgyal Tethong because of
his elite background when that is something no
person can help. It is because of his or her
karma that a person is born into a certain family
and because of his or her labor and achievements
that a person obtains an elite status. Lord
Buddha was born into a royal family. Does that
mean we must detest him? Mahatma Gandhi achieved
fame because of his toil and sacrifices. Does that mean we should loathe him?

Furthermore, I find absolutely ludicrous Rinchen
Tobgyal's suggestion that the editors of TPR
should not have any personal relations with the
people they are writing about. That's like
telling the Washington Post editors they should
not write about people with whom they have
personal relations. The Washington Post editors
will simply laugh it off or tell him to "piss off".

Finally, apart from everything else, the vital
difference between the two candidates is that one
has experience and the other has education. The
fact remains experience has prepared one for
real-world challenges while education has
prepared the other for theoretical challenges.
Now it is up to the Tibetan people to choose.

Young-In Kim
A Free Tibet Supporter
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