By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 4 March 2011
The exile Tibetans will go to the polls on 20 March to elect the third directly-elected Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The incumbent Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche has been serving the post since 2001, with his second term terminating in August 2011.
There are three candidates now contesting for the post. Lobsang Sangay, who got the maximum number of votes in the preliminary round, has a Ph.D. in law and is a research fellow at Harvard Law School.
Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, a former Kalon Tripa and a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University, has served the exile government for more than 35 years.
Tashi Wangdi, the third candidate, was a diplomat who has served the exile government for over 40 years.
If elected, the person will be in the post for the next five years.
Tibet is passing through a critical time and the Dalai Lama, 75, is stepping down as the political leader of Tibet. China has become the second most powerful country in the world. Nine rounds of dialogue between the Tibetans and the Chinese leadership is in a deadlock.
Considering all this, who do you think will make the best Kalon Tripa?