By Tenzin Sangmo
DHARAMSHALA, March 20: On the second day of 7th session of the 16th Tibetan parliament-in-exile, Lobsang Choejor, a member of the parliament from Domey province objected to the use of the word ‘foe’ to describe the Chinese government in the preface of official solidarity resolution minutes.
As a result of the sole objection, the resolution was passed on the basis of majority votes and not unanimously as in the previous sessions since 2008.
When asked why he objected to the official resolution, he reportedly told Bangchen, “When we pass solidarity resolution, it is not to narrate our history but should be along the lines of CTA official policy.
For the success of minutes of the resolution, he said, it cannot afford to overstep the Middle Way policy, more importantly, the aspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the principles of non-violence.
“Since the adoption of the middle way policy, we never refer to China as a foe in any official resolutions yet it doesn’t mean the opposite. The use of the word "foe" projects a vindictive opposition.”
Choejor added that since the mutually beneficial middle way policy seeks an opportunity to co-exist in a common framework, calling the other a foe blocks the way forward which undermines the earnest wish of the Tibetan people.
The Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok reportedly said post voting that it is vital and should ideally have been passed unanimously and stated, “The minutes of the resolution has always been prepared by the political section of the Parliamentary Standing Committee after thorough background research and is then approved by the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and members of the Standing Committee.”
“I don’t think the term can hurt or topple things, but there can be differing opinions and it is important that the Kashag, parliamentarians and member of public work on it so to ensure unanimous consent in the future,” he added.