What’s your take on the policies of the new Kalon Tripa?

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and the new Kalon Tripa

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and the new Kalon Tripa or the Prime Minsiter of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, pose for the media after the latter's swearing-in ceremony in McLeod Ganj, India, 8 August 2011. Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 19 August 2011

Dr Lobsang Sangay took oath of office as the new Kalon Tripa of the Central Tibetan Administration (popularly known as the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile) on 8 August 2011 in McLeod Ganj, India. After the oath-taking ceremony Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama blessed and embraced the new Prime Minister.

It was a historic moment as rule by the Dalai Lamas, which began with the “Great Fifth” in 1642, came to a close. It also marked the shift from the dominance of Tibetan politics by religious figures to democratic rule by ordinary Tibetans. Lobsang Sangay assumed the political leadership role relinquished by the 76-year-old Fourteenth Dalai Lama in May.

The Dalai Lama said that his “most cherished aspiration” has been fulfilled, and expressed satisfaction at the election of a leader with a “high standard of modern education.”

The Dalai Lama said Dr Sangay has become the first Tibetan political leader (Sikyong in Tibetan) to be elected democratically, and vested with full political authority and responsibility. The Dalai Lama completely handed over his administrative and political powers to the elected Tibet leadership through a democratic process, including the amendment of the Charter for Tibetans in exile, in May this year.

The seal of the Tibetan government, first issued by the Seventh Dalai Lama in 1751, was handed over to Dr Sangay by out-going Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche. The seal signifies the legitimacy of the Kashag (cabinet) of the Tibetan people.

Dr Sangay said his administration will strengthen the Tibetan freedom movement to ensure the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, reunite Tibetan people, and restore freedom in Tibet.

Education for the Tibetan exiles will be Sangay’s number one priority, and his goal is to produce 10,000 professionals among the 150,000 in exile in the next ten years. Improving the professionalism of the exile administration, as well as greater access and transparency through integration of technology and social networking tools, are high on his agenda.

Within a few months, a group of Tibetan scholars and intellectuals will be invited to form a Tibet Policy Institute. This Institute will serve as an intellectual platform to envision, develop, and execute policies that will strengthen the Tibetan cause.

What’s your take on the above, and what other pressing issues or projects should be considered?

What's your take on the policies of the new Kalon Tripa?

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There are 12 comments so far.

  1. 12.
    Nyima Choedon says:on 17 March 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Firstly, I congratulate our Kalon Tripa Dr.Lobsang Sangay la. You are a true patriot and I strongly believe that you will fullfill all the promises given during the Oath.

    Regarding your priority to produce 10,000 professionals among the 150,000 in exile, here i want to be one of them.

    I pray that your Agenda succeeds. (Free Tibet)

  2. 11.
    Bhuchung K Tsering says:on 16 September 2011 at 1:16 am

    I feel the pronouncements made by Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay during his oath-taking ceremony are the first step in the policy formulation of the new Administration. I am waiting for the formation of the Kashag and the subsequent address by the Kalon Tripa in Parliament in the coming week. That will a better reflection of the policies and how they will be implemented.

    It goes without saying that this new Kalon Tripa comes to office with a lot of expectations from Tibetans and non-Tibetans alike.

  3. 10.
    Buchung R Ngodup says:on 15 September 2011 at 6:26 am

    Being an economics student, I am totally inspired by the Kalon tripa’s proposition on sponsoring tibetan shichaks in India by Tibetans living in abroad. I think it will help the Shichaks economically and politically too.

  4. 9.
    Tenjim: The Rebel says:on 22 August 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Congratulations PM Lobsang Sangay la… Tibet seeks support. Tibet needs messiahs. You are one of the chosen ones as of now for Tibet’s unfinished freedom movement against the reds (Chinese occupation). Hope your logics & knowledge work magically.

    May i hear you on Team Anna’s rebellion? If drewa minduk (not relevant), drop it.

  5. 8.
    Tenzin J Youngser says:on 22 August 2011 at 4:39 pm

    As per our PM’s vision especially on education… I guess he ain’t livin’ in fairy tale land. The educational programs in proposal will definitely come to fruition in the days ahead by 2020. Touch wood. Harvard Works… Tibet Nods.

  6. 7.
    Rinchen says:on 22 August 2011 at 12:11 am

    I believe it’s time to realise what our responsibilities are, rather than again waiting for another individual to bear the brunt of our expectations. After all, we have burdened His Holiness for the last five decades with expectations, while all the while not really actually doing anything tangible ourselves.

    This is an opportunity, especially for overseas Tibetans, to help the new Kalon Tripa in terms of resources, funding and the tools needed to accomplish goals that would take the Tibetan cause and the society forward. I see a tremendous role and responsibility for the North American and European Tibetan representatives, who need to tighten their belts and start raising substantial funds for the CTA to accomplish its goals. And as overseas Tibetans, its our job to shell a few bucks out of our pockets.

  7. 6.
    Loten Namling says:on 20 August 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Firstly I would like to congratulate Dr. Lobsang Sangay la for his enormous success.

    It is great to set such goals like 10,000, 100,000 etc. They are beautiful and impressive. But I am not sure if this is really important now. Number is number. More concretely I thinks it’s important he concentrates more on the quality of the the existing Tibetan schools which are instrumental in educating young Tibetans for a strong base. I grew up in Tibetan schools and I know well how the situation is.

    Despite the fact that there is applaudable success in our exile diaspora, in reality there is much deficiency in our education system and the apparatus that we have built. We must update in many corners. Our very philosophy on education must be changed if we truly want 10,000 successful individuals who will be in a position to challenge the world outside the Tibetan community. Psychologically we must change our understanding of child mentality. We must get rid of “collective control” and “collective success” and concentrate more on individual need. There is so much to write … on this …. not only write, but also to think on the mistakes that we have made in the past so that we will we no longer waste the abundant innovative and creative potentiality of our children, today and tomorrow.

  8. 5.
    nyinjey tenzin says:on 20 August 2011 at 6:39 pm


    By professionals, I understand to mean those who hold degrees of higher education such as PHds, MBAs, and computer scientists. The new Katri especially focusses on mathematics and science. So he wants more scientists, mathematicians, doctors, engineers etc. to emerge in our community.

    • 4.
      Bianca says:on 18 August 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Such heart aches act could change the situation or not is another case this painful prescribed only a drop of bleeding ocean…. which been continuously mourning in Tibet!!! helpless situation makes us to take such fearful steps to make the world know how distress we are though world don’t see the distress message he wish to deliver but a burning fire!!! Our heart cries when we see this but the one need to feel this is still chilling the wound they created to US. Chinese government need to come forward and understands the desperate we are in that’s what we want…. else who don’t want to live peaceful…within the people whom we love, and among all in our ancestors land…we respect the people of Chinese concern to us…alas only if they stand one and change the history. otherwise time is not far where only red Chinese will remain. I deeply pray the world understands what happening before its too late. Message to Everyone who have power and can change the world…..Chinese people come together and make change before humanness disappear……. Save Tibet.

  9. 3.
    Denzi Yishey says:on 19 August 2011 at 4:46 pm

    “To produce 10 Tibetan professionals” is a very neat agenda. However, for me, the question here is how you define the term “professional”. If the new Kashag’s definition of the term professional is wide and loose, then, we may already have 10000 professionals. Thanks.

  10. 2.
    Dechen says:on 19 August 2011 at 1:02 pm

    To comment anything with regards to our Kalon Tripa’s policies is yet too soon. What I would like to share here is that, he joined Tibetan politics with best of intentions for the future of Tibet and the Tibetans. He, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, our Kalon Tripa, is everything that His Holiness envisioned in His first speech to us, the new arrivals to Mussoorie (CST) in 1960. His Holiness: “khyi rang tso chinchay bhod kyi tson-tsa ray-dha, lobjhung yakpo jhi sho aah.”

    If we trust our Kalon and lend our strongest support in this common struggle, I have no doubts that he will work very hard, for he has a promise to fulfill to His Holiness, aching hearts of our brothers and sisters to soothe in Tibet, and responsibility to lead us to reach and achieve our goal. Right now is the time to support him and lend him all the moral encouragement there is. It is the time for us to stand up side by side with him, and leave no room for our enemies to try to break his spirit down. Our love and sincere support to our beloved Kalon Tripa will boost his courage and strength to do more for Tibet and us.

    Those of you who are at par level (in academic fields of any kind) with him should not stoop down to jealousy and negativity. But stand tall side by side with our Kalon Tripa and prove your strength and show your Tibetaness to the enemy. This is my prayer.

  11. 1.
    Tenzin Dasel says:on 19 August 2011 at 10:53 am

    To begin with I would like to congratulate Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay and best wishes for him. He is very inspiring so far and truly a born leader in my opinion. I personally admire his commitment to reevaluate the education system in Tibetan schools. I hope during his tenure he will focus on real polity rather than spiritual morals and bring Tibet issue to the next level….Free Tibet!

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