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The recent row between the Tibetan Youth Congress Centrex and its New York/New Jersey chapter, over the temporary closure of the chapter has become a concern for many Tibetans in the exile community spread across...
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Location: New York
Subject: TYC Aims and Objectives - Dichotomy
Dec 30 2015 09:24 AM

From what I have been witnessing since the last few years, there is now an urgent need to solve this internal crisis of Tibetan Youth Congress before it further divides our small community in exile and disintegrate our struggle. The dichotomy between the first and the fourth aims and objectives of the TYC needs to be solved before it further engulfs the TYC in virtual and emotional inferno and destabilizes the fabric of social cohesive existence in the Tibetan exile community. If and when the aims and objectives of the TYC need to be revisited, it needs to be done through the referendum of all the members of TYC like the Tibetan administration in exile did to change its stated policy to middle-way path with the active participation of the Tibetan people in exile in the referendum in 1996. I strongly believe the TYC belongs to all its members and it's disturbing to see clarion calls for banishment of some section of its members because of their interpretation of the TYC's aims and objectives, particularly, the first one. Those members (especially from 8 RTYCs in India and now RTYCNYNJ) who have different interpretation of the aims and objectives of TYC need to be given a platform to voice their opinion and the only democratic way to do so is through referendum. And the responsibility for facilitating such a referendum rests with the Centex. It can't evade its responsibility by saying so and so ex-centrex members and ex-regional executive members (probably based at Dhasa) opined that the aims and objectives of TYC need not be revisited and hence there is no question of referendum on it. This type of centralized decisions born out of advice or diktats (sic) from a coterie of pseudo intellectuals with utter neglect of the interpretations and opinions expressed by the 8 RTYCs in India and RTYCNYNJ (who put together hold a big chunk of the entire TYC membership) is the main reason why the internal crisis of TYC has now become a public slugfest. Moving forward, both factions must cease to impose each other's views and opinions and should immediately stop mud-slinging and name calling in the public domain. They should rather try to resolve their differences through democratic process within the parameters of the organization. Otherwise the day is not far when the TYC could disintegrate into two entities - TYC Rangzen (Independence) and TYC Umay Lam (Middle Path). So the time to take action is now to stop this fratricidal strife which can only benefit our common foe. It is indeed a very sad day in the history of our struggle to see an organization as important as the TYC engrossed in its internal feud and resting on its past laurels thereby abdicating its role as a beacon of youth and mass movement for the present and future generations.

Location: Seattle
Subject: Symptom of Dissonance
Dec 30 2015 03:22 AM

Let me make it clear with my stance… I rest my case with Umay Lham as a solution to issue of Tibet. As steadfast as my belief in UL, I hold deep respect for TYC for their passion and tireless work towards alleviating suffering of our brothers & sisters in Tibet under brutal Chinese repression. I have fully supported and participated events organized by TYC.
If I view issue of Tibet like two sides of coin, Rangzen and Umay Lham, I maybe suffering from symptom of dissonance. BUT I refuse to be narrow minded or birdbrained into picking one side of the coin or the other.
Why this infighting while our language & culture is being decimated right under our nose? Look deeper, it’s not one way or the other, you will find every reason to support both sides and more importantly BE involved in both sides.
Sometimes, with best of intent, we do more harm than good and such is the case with RTYC-NYNJ issue.
Those who do not support TYC’s policy should step away from holding office of RTYC rather than hold it hostage. Better yet, if they are passionate about bringing change to its 45yrs. old policy, they should do it by following it’s by laws. Though I am not well versed in TYC by laws, I am sure there is a room to bring change if they have majority support of TYC members.
If we are not careful, it will end up like ancient Greek fable: the Lion, the Bear and the Fox. The lion and a bear simultaneously attack a fawn and fight over it until they collapse from fatigue. Then a fox that has been watching them snatches their prey and makes off with it. Foxy China have already laid it’s eye to destroy our language and culture so don’t tire yourself fighting over Rangzen and Umay Lham ideology while our culture is getting destroyed
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