The lion and the tiger—the two fighting for the Sikyong post

By Tenzin Phuntsok / February 06, 2016 /
Lobsang Sangay, left, and Penpa Tsering, right.
In Tibetan community, a religious man can take the role of political leadership while the otherwise wouldn’t be possible for a layman unless he/she is an incarnated being. Ever since the Dalai Lama renounced his political leadership, the election for Sikyong (Tibetan political leader equivalent to prime minister) assumed significant attention from every nook and corner of the Tibetan community. There is no denying of the fact that the Tibetan leadership has democratically well grounded as the two most popular and powerful leaders of the decade are fighting for the prime ministerial post.

China’s Dalai Lama: Another Miscalculation?

By Apa Lhamo |January 13, 2016|

  Although the Communist Party of China officially proclaims its firm adherence to atheism in its ideology, in its promotions and rankings, and in its policies, it also rather consistently undermines its own atheistic position when it comes to Tibetan Buddhism, specifically, with regard to its policy involving the reincarnations of the Tibetan Lamas.

Rangzen Needs to be Reviewed

By Tendar Tsering |Jan. 1, 2016 |

Rangzen means more than freedom from oppressors and suppressors, it means the sheer joy and liberty to own and run the whole sovereignty of a nation independently but unlike Rangzen, Umaylam—the Middle Way Approach is a strategy set and voted by the public. So, contrary to the growing number of Rangzen activists demanding to end the Middle Way Approach, recent incidents in New York/ New Jersey and else where speak other wise— making many mull over that maybe it’s the Rangzen which needs to be reviewed.

Why I vote for Amdo Warrior Penpa Tsering for 2016 Sikyong

By Mila Rangzen | Dec. 30, 2015|

My candidate, Lukar Jam, is out of the race after a brave and historic fight.
We are now left with two choices: Penpa Tsering and Lobsang Sangay.
I choose Penpa Tsering. I prioritize qualities, not issues with my choice. This is because the dismissal of Lukar Jam was also the loss of issues important to our struggle. Both Tsering and Sangay are Umaylam followers: I choose the horse from the mule.

The politics of Tibet’s poisonous religious divide

By David Lague, Paul Mooney and Benjamin Kang Lim / Dec. 21

The doctrinal schism that the Chinese Communist Party is using to hound the Dalai Lama arose long ago in the internecine politics of his own school of Tibetan Buddhism.Dalai Lamas are drawn from the dominant Gelugpa School, one of the four major Buddhist traditions in Tibet.

Metok and the tourist boom

By Claude Arpi / Dec. 8, 2015 /
Metok Dzong, Tibet
Once upon a time Metok used to be the most remote valley of the Tibetan plateau.
This was good for India, whose Upper Siang district is adjoining Metok Dzong (‘dzong’ is 'county' in Tibetan).
But times are changing very fast for Metok, which, according to the last census, had only a population of 11,000 inhabitants .
A few days ago, China Tibet Online announced that Metok “is embracing tourism boom”.

Tsultrim Chokden and the Melancholic Tale

By Lhundup Gyatso Zotsang / Nov. 9, 2015

In light of how a gang of three local Gaddis (Indian tribes residing in Dharmsala, north India)
Following Tsultrim Chokden's death, local Tibetans in
Dharamshala held candle light vigil,
calling for justice for the deceased. 
murdered an innocent Tibetan youth for fun at McLeod Ganj around midnight of October 31, it patently dawned upon me how fragile and precarious life is for someone to live without a country. I was tossing and turning all that night as if all my sense of sleep had also been murdered by those local hoodlums. Well, being a Tibetan refugee I also underwent all possible hardships such as facing the demise of my dearest parents all alone against all my hopes that one good day I would be bale to meet them. Having said that, never did I feel so broken in consciousness like this time. I am sure Tsultrim’s tragic demise in addition to the fact that his mother has been looking forward to his return by counting days on her fingers has amplified the pains in all hearts of Tibetans beyond expression. Nevertheless, what baffles me most, as a matter of fact, is that do the Tibetan refugees really deserve such transgressions from our long-time-friend Indians? Let’s jot down some facts.

A personal encounter with three brave hearts of Tibet

By Vijay Kranti |Oct. 30|

In the evening of 28th September when I was approaching the hunger strike tent of Tibetan
From left to right: Tenzin Wangchuck,
Tamdin Hrichoe and Tsewang Dolma.
Youth Congress (TYC) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, my heart was weighed down by anxiety and apprehension. It was the 19th day since three Tibetan youths — Mr Tamdin Hrichoe (Vice President), Ms Tsewang Dolma (Secretary, Information & International Relations), and Mr Tenzin Wangchuk (Finance Secretary) — were sitting on indefinite hunger strike. Having seen Indian democracy functioning from a breathing distance, it’s very rare that a ‘genuine’ hunger striker, surviving exclusively on water, prevails beyond 15 days. In most cases various pressure groups join in to find a solution, the authorities forcibly break up the strike, or the hunger strikers’ enthusiasm fizzles out.

Dalai Lama, Anything But "A Simple Buddhist Monk"

By Shashi Tharoor / July 6, 2015

Dr. Shashi Tharoor with a
delegation with Tibetan MPs
When the United Nations convened a Millennium World Peace Summit of religious leaders at its headquarters in 2000, one major religious figure was conspicuous by his absence. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibetan Buddhism, had not been asked to come. The implacable hostility of a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China, has made it impossible for him to set foot in a UN building anywhere, or to be received by any official of the UN, let alone its Secretary-General. Where millions see a revered seeker of peace and an admired advocate of love and reconciliation, the Government in Beijing sees only a "splittist," a secessionist rebel who threatens Chinese sovereignty over his homeland.

Tibetan election 2016: The Race for Sikyong

By Pam D. Tenzin July 3, 2015
Nearly four years back, Tibetan Prime Ministerial election drew unprecedented hype and attention around the world throughout the Tibetan community. Even the southernmost part of Indian city called Chennai was also not spared from the storm of election. For the first time, Tibetan college students in Chennai partook in the 2011 Tibetan (Prime Ministerial and Parliamentary) Election.