CTA Security Minister Dongchung Ngodup resigns

Dongchung Ngodup Tsering speaks to the press after his resignation from Sikyong Lobsang Sangay's cabinet in Dharamshala, India, on 6 April 2016.

Dongchung Ngodup Tsering speaks to the press after his resignation from Sikyong Lobsang Sangay's cabinet in Dharamshala, India, on 6 April 2016. Tibet Sun/Contributor

By Lobsang Wangyal

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 6 April 2016

The Security Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration Dongchung Ngodup Tsering resigned from his post on Wednesday on moral grounds.

“I resigned because of the serious statements expressed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the two State Oracles,” said Tsering to journalists.

He stated that there was no pressure on him from any quarter to tender his resignation, and that he quit his office purely on moral grounds.

“I feel that I am not able to bear the responsibility of my position under these circumstances.”

It is the second resignation by ministers in Sikyong Sangay’s cabinet in less than two months. Dicki Chhoyang resigned as the Information and International Relations minister at the end of February.

Led by Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and Speaker Penpa Tsering, the top brass of the CTA consulted the State Oracles Nechung and Tsering Chenga, during which the Oracles showed displeasure at the present leadership.

The two top leaders were given a humiliating dress-down by both the Oracles.

A grainy video circulated on social networking sites showed a wrathful Tsering Chenga hurling handfuls of sacred grain in the faces of both Sikyong and Speaker.

Nechung in his decree asked both the leaders to apologise personally to the Dalai Lama for their mistakes (mostly likely from the just-concluded Tibetan general elections in which they were accused of harping on trivial issues such as factionalism, and ignoring the important issues).

Nechng also said that there is no other way than the ‘middle-way approach’ to resolve the Tibetan issue.

Both the deities have said that they cannot guarantee the life span of the Dalai Lama if the Tibetan people and their leaders are not observing his wishes.

Nechung is the principal protector divinity of the Tibetan administration and the Dalai Lama. It is consulted to assist in governmental decision-making on pressing matters of state. The tradition of Nechung Oracle goes back for a few centuries.

The Dalai Lama lambasted the current Tibetan leadership for the worsening state of affairs within the Tibetan society, particularly the health in the settlements, during the 100th anniversary of Men-Tsee-Khang on 23 March.

Sikyong Sangay addressed the Dalai Lama’s statement in the exile Tibetan Parliament, explaining that he has been working on various development projects, and will put special efforts into the field of health as suggested by the Dalai Lama.

Sangay said in his concluding remarks in the Parliament on 1 April that an apology was not required as the Dalai Lama has issued such statements in the past as well.

Dongchung Ngodup Tsering joined the Central Tibetan Administration as an assistant Office Secretary at the Department of Security in 1977. He was promoted to serve as the department’s Secretary in April 1993 and continued to served in that capacity till 2001.

In 2007, Samdhong Rinpoche appointed Tsering as the Security Minister in his cabinet, and he was re-appointed as the Security Minister in 2011 in the cabinet of Lobsang Sangay.

Lobsang Sangay was re-elected recently as Sikyong. His current term finishes in a few months.

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