By Palden Sangpo (India)
(photo: Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangye visiting Bylakuppe Settlement)
A couple of days back, The representatives, heads of monasteries, head of institutes, community leaders and public celebrated 52nd Tibetan Democracy Day with a long list of speeches from Kashag and Tibetan parliament in exile and the various speakers spoke width and length about the importance of democracy and so on and so forth. Behind this scene, important people are aware that Bylakuppe settlement does not have a local assembly for last many years and people demand ask for it but who is there to listen? As it says that the local assembly is one of the pillars for meaningful democracy at the local level.
How beautifully the dignitaries have delivered the speeches and addressed the importance of democracy ! But the question is that what is the point of celebrating democracy day, if there isn't a local assembly at local level for many years. Who is responsible? To initiate and establish a local assembly in the settlement. Nobody dares to speak or nobody cares to speak! We say to the world that Dalai Lama have gifted a democracy to the Tibetans but I don't think that the Dalai Lama has asked us to store that gift without using it. He didn't ask us to store that gift, it's precious. I wonder whether he is aware of such situation in Tibetan settlement.
Kalons, MPs and dignitaries have visited the settlement with the promise that they will go to center and study on it and find a solution for it. The truth is that there is nothing to study, concern department has to just order the concern Dept to hold an election and start a local assembly. Maybe some groups or society are pressurizing the administration not to interfere, so that they can freak out whatever they wish, however they wish? In the absent of people's representatives!
To whom to ask for our right? We don't have speaker to reach our voice to the concern. Who is to consider if nobody cares for it?
Palden Sangpo is a social worker with Social Action Movement.