Tibetan parliament finally rejects Dalai’s proposal to retire

Finding itself in a catch-22 situation, the Tibetan–parliament–in exile, known as the Assembly of Tibetan Peoples Deputies (ATPD) on Friday passed a resolution with a voice vote, pleading Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama to reconsider his decision to devolve his political powers.

 After holding marathon deliberations for four days, the Tibetan parliament, that was finding it difficult to reach to any conclusion, has finally resolved that the 400 year old relationship between the Dalai Lama and Tibetan people was “immortal”. 

The Speaker of the Tibetan parliament on Wednesday had formed three committees comprising of 12 parliamentarians each, to find a middle way out to the Dalai Lama’s proposal to relinquish his political role in the Tibetan-government-in-exile.

The three committees on Friday gave their recommendations to bring a resolution in the house, asking the Dalai Lama not to give up his political role. The Committees have, however, strongly recommended a reduction in the Dalai Lama’s admistrative role. 

Parliamentarians observed that the Dalai Lama should stay on as the leader of the Tibetan movement.

While rejecting the Dalai Lama’s proposal to give up his political role, Tibetan parliamentarians concluded that they alone couldn’t arrive at a decision without taking into account the aspirations and the wishes of Tibetans living, both, inside and outside Tibet. 

Tenzin Gyastso, the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama is revered as a God King by the Tibetans.  

Dalai Lama, for the past 67 years, after he assumed political responsibility of Tibet, has been both the temporal and the spiritual leader of the Tibetans. The aging Dalai Lama, 75 is the only global face of the Tibetan struggle ever since he came into exile after Chinese troops marched into Lhasa in 1959. 

The Tibetan parliament resolved that it would continue to seek the guidance of the Dalai Lama and also expressed its deep gratitude for leading the Tibetans during the past 52 years. Dalai Lama seeks more autonomy for the China controlled Tibetan autonomous region, while the radical, differing with him, demand independence of Tibet.

The Tibetan parliament further resolved to amend the charter in order to reduce the political authority of the Dalai Lama that includes his right to nominate three parliamentarians in the house, signing resolutions and looking into the other political affairs as the supreme leader of Tibetans.

Hindustan Times has reliably learnt that the Speaker of the Tibetan parliament in exile, Penpa Tsering and the Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari would shortly call on Dalai Lama to convey the decision. 

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