SYDNEY, Australia, 22 March 2020
I would like to emphasize how important it is to elect a qualified Sikyong for the 16th Kashag in 2021:
- The role carries a big responsibility. This is of more importance now than ever before due to the many factors impacting the security and health of His Holiness the Dalai Lama because of his advanced age;
- Secondly, there is a greater need for unity amongst the Tibetan community than ever before; and
- Thirdly, it is critical that we reach a mutually beneficial solution on the lingering issue of Tibet with the People’s Republic of China through dialogue during the lifetime of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In order for this to be achieved, now is the time that the people and their government (Central Tibetan Administration) must work together by making extra efforts.
In light of these circumstances, the most suitable candidate for Sikyong is honourable Ngodup Dongchung, former Kalon (Minister) to the Department of Security of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Brief bio of Kasur Ngodup Dongchung:
Ngodup Dongchung was born in 1956 in Latoe Surtso in Tingri District. In 1959, he escaped into exile with his father Mr Choephel, mother Mrs Dekyi, and other family members, because of the growing Chinese brutality in Tibet. After his formal education, he joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 1977 as an Assistant Office Secretary of the Department of Security, and climbed through the ranks to become the longest-serving Secretary of the Department of Security until he was unanimously approved by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile as Minister for Department of Security in 2007. He served as Security Minister for two consecutive terms during the tenures of Prof Samdhong Rinpoche and Dr Lobsang Sangay. At present, he has been entrusted to serve as Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi.
In 1983, Ngodup went in disguise on a secret mission to Tibet to collect first-hand information about the situation and the Chinese policies implemented in Tibet. He contacted a number of Tibetan patriots working covertly for the Tibetan cause, and was able to create lines of communication that bridged closer contact between the Tibetans in exile and Tibetans in Tibet. This is a great achievement for a young intelligent officer.
Ngodup completed his schooling at the Central School for Tibetans in Dalhousie. He then graduated with a degree in Political Science (Hons) from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. He is multilingual and well-versed in Tibetan, English, and Hindi.
Some important achievements:
Kasur Ngodup Dongchung has worked for 40 years, tirelessly coordinating the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This feat alone demands appreciation and respect given the precarious status and schedule of His Holiness. His work ethics demonstrate a man of high calibre, with key qualities needed in a leader such as diligence, patience, courage, sound risk assessment capabilities, attention to details, and the ability to manage multiple situations at once.
He has gained His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s trust, and his abilities have demonstrated he is worthy of the confidence entrusted to him. Under his leadership and guidance, many younger Tibetans have been able to flower and flourish, and they are making positive contributions in the larger Tibetan society.
Another distinctive impact of his career is his ability to facilitate as a medium that bridged the gap between Tibetans in exile and Tibetans within Tibet. This has awarded him with the trust and respect from people across all three provinces of Tibet. This is a testament to his good work.
Even more importantly:
His exceptional personal qualities and his patriotic spirit have driven his work principles. There has not been a hint of corruption nor other controversies throughout his more than 40 years of service.
Each and every day, he has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan cause. His junior colleagues respect him as if he was their parent. He respects and treats everyone equally irrespective of their status, regional background, or other attributes, which in turn has earned him universal respect. He holds the trust and confidence of all members in the Central Tibetan Administration and this is evidence of his own positive attributes.
In a nutshell:
Given his education qualifications, experience, competency, sincerity, understanding of the need for a unified Tibet, and the genuine trust placed in him by both Tibetans in exile and Tibet, Kasur Ngodup Dongchung is the most eligible and suitable to be the Sikyong of 2021. Above all, he wholeheartedly believes in the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Middle-Way Approach to resolve the Tibetan issue. You must elect him!
May the truth always prevail!
About the author
Lobsang Tendar Ngamring was researcher of Textbook at the TCV EDRC in India from 1995-2014. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia.