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By Tashi Namgyal, candidate for North American Chitue
My Appeal to the Current Tibetan Parliament Members
As the Tibetan Parliament begins its session on March 14, 2011, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said he will be making a formal proposal concerning his decision to devolve authority to the elected leadership. Therefore, our Chitues will have to undertake deliberations on an issue that will have a significant impact on the future of the Tibetan movement.
In his March 10, 2011 statement, His Holiness has said, “My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility. It is to benefit Tibetans in the long run. It is not because I feel disheartened. Tibetans have placed such faith and trust in me that as one among them I am committed to playing my part in the just cause of Tibet.” Therefore, I will appeal to our parliamentarians to pass a resolution thanking His Holiness for his commitment to continuing being our leader. It is our karma that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the manifestation of Chenresig, has chosen to be with the Tibetans.
However, this is not enough. Our parliamentarians need to really study this year’s March 10 statement as well as the formal proposal that they will receive from His Holiness and see how best they can fulfill His Holiness’ aspirations. It is the Parliament’s historical duty to accept this responsibility. I also strongly feel that Parliament should not act in haste but must take into account the feeling of the Tibetan People at large.
Like all my fellow Tibetans, I have no doubt that we continue to need His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s guidance. But merely appealing to His Holiness is not enough. Each and every one of us Tibetans need to accept our responsibility. I am constantly reminded of His Holiness’ three-point call made in his March 10, 1976 statement and am reproducing it here so that we can see how well we have heeded his advice.
“My countrymen, beware of the yawning chasms. Forgetting the enemy who invaded and wrested the country, you indulge in squabbles and factionalism. Discarding the thoughts and motives to promote the interest of the larger masses of one's own people, you seek and work to promote your own interest only. Refusing to recognize the grave economic situation that the Tibetan people are in, you desire and emulate luxury life-style of other rich people. These are unhealthy trends and matters of serious concern. So, give a thought to these seriously.”
My appeal to our parliamentarians to keep these into considerations as they meet in Dharamsala and not to fail His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people at this crucial time.
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