By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept.10: Tashi Topgyal who ran for Sikyong elections in 2016 announced his candidature on Wednesday through his official Facebook account. He said education, unity and Tibetan identity are the three most important issues for him to resolve the Tibet issue.
He asserted the need to attract Chinese government’s attention to recognize the Middle Way Approach (MWA) under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and said the issue of self-immolations in Tibet is a reminder of the continuous Tibetan struggle to preserve Tibetan Buddhism and culture.
Topgyal called himself a “shepherd” capable of running the office following 10 years of administration by Prof. Samdong Rinpoche and a decade by Dr. Lobsang Sangay. He said it is a crucial time to be vocal about the Tibetan cause and noted that Tibetans in exile have a discouraged tone while discussing issues related to Tibet. He emphasized the need to make China understand that we are a strong community that can dismantle the Chinese regime.
He also remarked that no outsider can know the struggle of a Tibetan refugee living in India and that under his leadership, he will unite all Tibetans under his supervision.
The businessman said he will offer all the fellow candidates for a place in his cabinet if he gets elected as acknowledgment for their services to the community. Topgyal claimed that he is not driven by his own interests but for the interest of the Tibetan people.