By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, May 30: The President of the Tibetan government-in-exile, known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration, Penpa Tsering on his visit to the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bangalore on Sunday said that there is a pressing need to assert historical evidence of independent Tibet, which will in turn set crucial premise for the Middle Way Approach, which is the official CTA policy.
“While our counterparts are engaged in a desperate attempt to gain legitimacy over Tibet from the international community, it is highly imperative that Tibetans, especially the youth know the historical facts about Tibet and then take control of the narrative.
The Kashag remains firmly with the Middle Way Approach as its fundamental political stand and now we need to explore the ways and tactics to achieve the objective of the said approach,” he told the students and faculty of the college, noting that Tibetan history would only strengthen the idea of Umaylam approach.
The CTA President also noted the importance of coming together as a society despite disagreements, “Difference in opinions is inevitable. Let us not fight amongst ourselves. A Rangzen or Umaylam advocate needs to redirect one’s focus and face China. Only then we’ll be able to use our small community’s strength against a mighty power like China.”
The Sikyong also detailed his cabinet’s objectives for the coming future, stressing on initiatives like E-governance and V-TAG (Voluntary Tibet Advocacy Groups) projects. “Statistics are very important, especially for an exile community like ours,” he remarked on the upcoming population census which will be starting in a few months.
“Another pressing problem that needs to be addressed, which I was only made aware once I assumed this office, is the lack of land for Tibetans, especially for those who came from Tibet . . . As of today, there are reported 1,999 families [for those who fled Tibet] that are in need of immediate housing. The estimated budget for such a huge project would require at least 15 or 16 millions USD, after excluding expenses that the families can afford,” he said.