By Dicki Chhoyang

Kalon Tripa and Kalons of 14th Kashag

With the recent election of Dr. Lobsang Sangay, a young, western-educated, and charismatic  new Kalon Tripa, there is a general sense of renewed vitality in our movement that is palpable across the Tibetan diaspora and, reportedly, also inside Tibet.  The Kalon Tripa and his Kashag, bear the great responsibility of providing leadership in a historically unprecedented transition that is the transfer of political authority from H.H. the Dalai Lama to a secular democratically elected government.

Symbolically, this new administration marks a turning point in our movement whereby the younger generation born in exile and after the Chinese occupation will unequivocally begin to assert itself by assuming a greater leadership role. There is no doubt that the Tibetan spirit remains strong both within and outside Tibet.

We must now capture that passion and determination and translate those emotions into concrete actions which ought to also reflect wisdom and courage.   Building upon the foundation laid by the elder generation, we are called to skilfully navigate through different cultural and political environments, and draw the best from each one of them.  From the upper stories of the new Kashag offices, one can gaze upon the buildings of the Central Tibetan Administration in Gangchen Kyishong.  This is the heart of the administrative structure we needed to create over the past half century to look after the welfare of the Tibetan refugee community in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.

So many of us, like myself, would not be enjoying the privileged life we have today without this administrative entity. It is my hope that, with the growing number of Tibetans becoming more educated and economically successful, we will not fail to acknowledge the importance of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Of course, we must not shy away, when necessary, from raising fundamental questions in relation to it, in the interest of strengthening our movement, but one needs to do so constructively.  As a key responsibility of the Central Tibetan Administration is to support the aspirations of Tibetans inside Tibet, every Tibetan must unwaveringly take ownership for its development and strengthening of capacity.

Existing and emerging challenges are numerous while striving to fulfill that role.  The responsibility of ensuring that the Central Tibetan Administration carries on that task adequately does not fall strictly upon the few hundred civil servants based in Dharamshala, but our entire community.


The writer is the Kalon of Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration.

(The views expressed here are that of the author and shall not be regarded as views and policies of Central Tibetan Administration.)



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