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Readers' Comments on "New Book For Annual Contribution Launched"
The work of upgrading the green book for collection of voluntary contribution by the Central Tibetan Administration from the Tibetan people has been going on for the last two years....
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KY  

Location: Bir
Subject: Well said Tsamzen
Mar 08 2005 08:56 AM

Well said Tsamzen. I love you.
KY
Tsamzen  

Location: Kathmandu
Subject: Green Book brings Luck
Mar 07 2005 06:24 PM

For me paying the annual contibution is a sacred duty. The moment I pay, I feel a deep sense of pride and Tibetanness . What worries me however is that if my 25 year old Green Book, full to the last page with antiquieted stamps and signatures is to be exchanged for a new flashy one, I am going to protest. Seven Green Books I have for my family are stored along with the scriptuers and statues in our small temple. When I have foreign visitors, I often take pride in showing them our Green Books. I tell you, this book brings us luck and happiness, the ultimate one being our home-- Tibet.
Love you all


lasol  

Location: ny
Subject: book
Mar 07 2005 11:31 AM

This green book TOPIC is getting interesting. I thought this issue will go away just like the other topic but what a great informations some of the emailers have on this topic. what I learned and summed up is that, this BOOK is USELESS and INVOLUNTARY 'coz the term voluntary doesn't apply on this book as all the Tibetans have to give to this organisation from 18 above to the oldest one, unless they might lose their rights and privileges in the exile society which TOTALLY shows ..
'INVOLUNTARY" nature of this contribution and "U-tsuk manyul trel" maybe the right word for this book.

wherever you look now from India to US to Nepal, the tibs living in these nations pay the 80% of the above taxes.

In US, the GB tax is said to be very high despite of the knowledge that tibs living in US are very independent and money-tight, most of them work very hard and try to pay the 'tax' on time, sometimes even with heavy fines even though the cost of living is roofhigh, BUT when it comes to getting help from the above collectors for 'support' papers for immigrations and other stuffs, the collectors hardly recognizes them and refuses to help the tibs who worked so hard to identify of their being a Tibetan national. Its unlike any other national organisation in this world who doesn't help its own people despite of its tragic history. THINK!!!!

Whereas in Nepal, the tibs are turned down to acquire a book although they are ready to pay all the back taxes and all the GB org's are either run by non-tib or rich carpet dealers who look for their own interest in selling the books to non-tibs. Imagine the ordeal of some sajors who tried to get the books???? Inquire?????

Well, what to talk about India, its all there, the poor-rich-young-old-students-parents..you name it, all are in it!! BUT the REAL QUESTION IS DO WE REALLY HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PAY THIS DEBT LIKE FEES EVERY YEAR OR SHOULD WE ABOLISH IT COMPLETELY AND START A NEW PROCESS OF TAXING PEOPLE. I AM OF THE VIEW THAT THE HALF OF THE NEW TIB GENERATION ARE LIVING INDEPENDENT NOW AND WOULD THEY BE KIND ENOUGH TO FOLLOW THE SAME ?? HOW ABOUT THEIR KIDS AND KIDS ???? ..............???????
??????????.........??????........??????
Losal  

Location: Zambuling
Subject: Voluntary ?
Mar 06 2005 11:19 PM


The "green book" came into existence as a result of a Resolution passed at the gathering of "Rangzen denpa's legul"(Tibetan Freedom Movement) functionaries at Dhasa in 1972 to raise money from the Tibetan populace to partly fund the activities of the TGIE. The resolution and the book clearly says "voluntary" contribution but in many cases it was enforced with varied shades. The people in the settlements, particularly in South India, had no choice other than to contribute. Same with the TGIE staff. But Tibetans living in the West, Kathmandu, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Delhi and Dehra Dun area etc. had a lee way. Many in these area do contribute but there are some who don't. As this is "voluntary" I have no problem. But I think it is unfair to force the people in the settlements to pay when Tibetans in other areas were allowed to do it on a "voluntary" basis. Tibetans in the settlements in South India are no doubt the poorest amongst us in exile. It is very hard, sometimes painful, for a family of 5, with very limited or no income, to pony up Rs.230/ a month. Let the contribution be voluntary as per the resolution. Let people enjoy the freedom of choice. Let us learn to respect other's choices. We talk too much and too often about freedom, justice and fairness. Let us walk the walk. If we do, we would have won. Remember Newton's law : For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

kal  

Location: USA
Subject: 'TRANSPARENCY'
Mar 06 2005 10:44 AM

For a measly $96 why use these buzzwords like "transparency". The fact of the matter is that the TGIE does depend to a great extent on the funds collected to pay the salaries of all the dedicated, selfless and hardworking employees. Is'nt there an annual budget statement to that effect?
The other point is that donations from NGOs and other organizations have to be used for specific projects and cannot be used to fund the CTA.
I entreat all good TIBETANS to rise above such pettiness, for the greater good of TIBET.
tenzin  

Location: usa
Subject: transparency
Mar 06 2005 06:41 AM

i don't think anyone would object to paying the so called "voluntary" contribution as long as there is transparency as to where the fund is being utilised. we should contribute but we should know what its being used for.........
Lhadon  

Location: u.s.a
Subject: don't blame people
Mar 06 2005 05:03 AM

i think the issue is not the $96 a year and paying it whether you have a job or not but how these funds are being used. While the amount may seem insignificant when considering one's annual income, it is still one's own hard earned money. why would someone want to give their hard earned money to any questionable organization? there are tibetans who see it as a duty to pay the price no matter what, but there are also those who don't give the money because of the internal bureaucracy, corruption that is prevading our exile government. i don't think it makes you any less a Tibetan person if you don't pay this fee/tax. unless the government presents a clear picture of how the moneys are allocated and the purpose of these books in clear, concise language more and more people will continue to fold their ears to the ramblings of our own government.

it's sad but i don't think you can blame people for questioning and refusing to give their money blindly.
citizen of Tibet  

Location: NY
Subject: green book
Mar 05 2005 10:48 PM

Its so sad to read all those unbearable emails. Those who wrote such an inexplicable thoughts must be one that don't know much about our Govt. So, better shut your bloody mouth and get out of our society. You people dont deserve to be a tibetan. (Dalai Lama's people)those who wrote it you won't be happy for the rest of your life. There is nothing much to say. I think one who wrote must be chinese.
DaLaidLama  

Location: Shangrila
Subject: Donate Cow Dung
Mar 05 2005 01:23 PM


Tibs in India should donate cow dung or cow urine. They make good medicine and is selling like hot cakes.

Think out of box! Open your eyes and smell the money!



Yo  

Location: NY
Subject: book???
Mar 05 2005 11:47 AM

hey, i am not happy with this 'new look' of the book or whatever they made it fancy, this book doesn't fulfill even the basic needs of the common Tibetans . It may be in the 60's as someone (hello its 21st) said BUT come on, this is too much and it doesn't look voluntary any more as i check around. There are many hardships faced to some poor Tibetans who couldn't afford to pay for this book and besides i have seen many non-tibs who got hand of the book 'coz they could pay..what u say now 'cheetu's?????? I WISH I COULD VOLUNTARILY give whenever i wish just like DONATION!!!! Maybe, i MAY give more or NOT!!!!!
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