By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 14 March 2018
Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel declared the 5th session of the 16th Parliament open with the traditional striking of the gavel.
After observing a minute’s silence to mourn and honour the martyrs who gave their lives in the Tibetan freedom struggle, Parliament members began the session by condemning the ongoing repressive Chinese policies in Tibet.
The representatives demanded that China reverse their genocidal policies in Tibet, release all the Tibetan political prisoners, and allow Tibetans to protect their language, culture, and environment.
They also urged the international community, including the United Nations, to send fact-finding missions to Tibet.
In a unanimous resolution, the members urged China to resume dialogue with Tibetans to resolve the Tibetan issue.
Tibetans say that the Middle-way approach proposed by them is mutually beneficial, and nine rounds of exchanges took place between 2001 to 2010. But no breakthrough was made in the talks, which have been stalled since then.
The members argued that the wave of self-immolations that has seen 152 people resorting to this form of protest is the indication of the repressive Chinese policies in Tibet. The fiery protests started with a monk named Tapey in 2009.
This Parliamentary session will pass a budget for the financial year 2017-2018 for the seven departments and other autonomous bodies of the Central Tibetan Administration. The session will go on till 24 March.
Speculations are rife about the possibility of appointment of a new minister during this session. The Department of Education and the Department of Information and International Relations are currently being handled by two other ministers in addition to their own portfolios. CTA President Lobsang Sangay is said to be proposing at least one new minister, mostly likely for the Department of Education. The appointment would be subject to approval of the Parliament.
One name that is going the rounds for the post is Tenzin Palkyi. Tibet Sun has learned that she has recently resigned as the Programme Assistant for the Asia and Global Programmes at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC.
It is said that Sikyong has an alternative plan for Palkyi, in case the Parliament does not approve her as a minister. Tibet Sun has learned that an additional Joint Secretary post was created at the Office of Tibet in Washington DC over a month ago, and that post has not yet been filled.
Palkyi la should be the head of newly formed Women’s Empowerment unit. She has been spearheading the fight against the male-dominated CTA for several years.
Yes, expect two new proposals. Tenzin Palkyi is definitely be one for DIIR, and the second is Pema Yangchen, former Vice Principal at the Dalai Lama College in Bangalore, for Education. She is now in Canada.
I also agree with Phuntsok Palden that Palkyi may not get accepted, Pema Yangchen might.
Expect two kalon proposals to fill both the departments without a kalon, DIIR and Education. Yes, Tenzin Palkyi will definitely be one, the other will be Topgyal Tsering, the current Kashag secretary.
I don’t think both are deserving candidates for the post of kalon, but in want for a female kalon, LS is chosing Palkyi, and being a “yes boss” man LS has gone for Topgyal to make him education kalon.
What are Palkyi’s credentials? Let alone kalon, she’s not even a deserving candidate for a secretary. In that sense, Dekyi Choeyang was much more better.
Topgyal too is not worthy for the post. He has been a CTA staff for a long time, but that doesn’t make him a kalon deserving. He’s not the type who has capabilities and the intuition. Both of them will be at the office 9 to 5, and say yes to their boss, and see the files pass around, but that’s not what makes of a kalon.
Very likely that Parliament may not approve Palkyi due to lack of the right credentials, Topgyal may get approved because of his long service and his acquaintances in the parliament. I am seeing Palkyi sitting in Office of Tibet in DC.
Tibetans get carried away when they hear somebody worked at such and such in the West. What was Tenzin Palkyi’s post at NED? A Program Assistant which is not even a managerial position.
People are kind of fed up with the Baccha rule led by Sikyong, Sharling and Kaydor. Now another baccha kind of person is joining CTA. God save CTA and the Tibetans! All the best to our honorable chithus.
The fact that Beijing is reluctant to consider genuine autonomy proves that MWA doesn’t benefit china. So why negotiate? Why would China want do reduce their own control over Tibet via autonomy for tibetans?
Even India, which HH dalai lama says, is the best Tibet supporting nation in the world, has not even bothered to accept ‘thank you india’ from dalai lama. So what sort of international support are we talking about? Which country is supporting Tibet more than it does to China?
The claim that MWA enjoys international support is a wild myth. In fact, India will support tibetans better if CTA seeks full independence. That will re-establish buffer zone between the roaring tigers.
Wake up, middle way supporters, time to ditch the failed policy.
I definitely agree that India will support Tibet, if only Free Tibet can act as a Buffer State between the two giants. Otherwise an occupied Tibet, being used by China, will have negative effects to India.
However, the most important question is, are we strong enough to command that respect from India, for that matter from any other countries?
“Ditch the failed policy” and follow Tendor who only knows to do the big talk. Activism in the form of demonstrations protest, marches, banner hangs and other non-violent activities are great to generate awareness, to observe symbolic events and remember our heroes and all that. But will those get us Rangzen or lead us to Rangzen? That is the big question.
There is a vast difference between activism and freedom struggle movement. What rangzen activist like Tendor are doing is activism which is good but not enough to get rangzen. If they are really sincere about getting rangzen, then need to think bigger and plan better. Just having rangzen ideology and doing activism will not give us rangzen.
Kaali AKA Sonam Langar
Who is STOPPING you from thinking BIGGER and planning BETER?
Just curious, you big mouth. Don’t crow too much. Wait till all the trash comes out about you.