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Tibetan separatist exposes Dalai Lama's "democracy myth"
08:27, October 21, 2009  

The Dalai Lama has always shielded himself with the "democracy" sign to cater to westerners. For example, the Dalai Lama said in an interview in Slovakia on September 10, "I'm not seeking separation. I'm totally devoted to promoting democracy."

The Norway-based Voice of Tibet, which is "pro-Tibet independence", reported on September 10 that the Dalai Lama said during a meeting with the deputy speaker of the Slovak Parliament and other personnel that although the Chinese government is criticizing the Dalai Lama and the "Tibetan Government in Exile" for seeking to restore the old system, Tibetans in exile are carrying out a democratic system selecting their chief minister through election, which is the best response to such criticism.

The Norway-based Voice of Tibet also reported on September 16 that the so-called "Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies" held a meeting on the same day passing a resolution to start preparing for the grand celebrations of the so-called "50th Anniversary of the Tibet Uprising" from September 2 – a move to concoct a "democracy myth".

However on September 9, Jamyang Norbu, a radical Tibetan separatist, published a long article on a "pro-Tibet independence" website titled "Waiting for Mangtso – a reality check on Tibetan Politics", which pitilessly exposed the Dalai Lama's "democracy myth" and again helped people see through the true autocratic features of the Dalai Lama clique.

Norbu's article first exposed the truth about what the Dalai Lama claimed was "the election of a chief minister by Tibetans in exile". In his view, the so-called elected chief minister is merely a mouthpiece or puppet of the Dalai Lama and has to take responsibilities for his mistakes.

According to the article, Gama Qoinpe, former speaker of the so-called "Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies" said that Samdhong Rinpoche's resignation in July 2009 was due to the "abject failure" of the "middle way" approach promoted by the Dalai Lama.

Norbu then wrote, "Which is essentially saying that the role of the kalon tripa in the exiled Tibetan government is not that of a prime minister in a democratic nation such as India or the UK (who actually initiates and formulates national policy), but rather that of a 'first minister of the crown' in a pre-democratic monarchy or theocracy. The latter statement about anticipating His Holiness's thoughts reflect more the fawning of the grand eunuch in a decaying Oriental court than the free and candid expression of a democratically elected leader… The job of the prime minister in the exiled Tibetan government… is, first and foremost, to carry out the policies and wishes of the Dalai Lama, as Samdong Rimpoche himself has finally admitted."

Moreover, the article specifically pointed out in terms of the illusion held by some Tibetan separatists about the election of their chief minister that, "Nonetheless they are naive and misguided in assuming that our political system is a democratic one where an elected prime minister has the constitutional power to make fundamental changes in our core politics." Therefore, even people on the Dalai Lama's own side understand that the democratic system of "electing a chief minister" that was praised by the Dalai Lama is specious.

Such deception can also be seen in the repression of opinions and thoughts. Norbu reviewed the violence and bloodshed seen in the Dalai Lama and his followers' treatment of dissidents.

Citing examples, he said that Kangga Chuchengesang, a Tibetan scholar living in Japan, was spat on and splashed in the face with ink after his books were considered to criticize the Dalai Lama. His daughter, who worked for the Tibetan government in exile, was taken hostage.

Norbu also wrote in his article that as the newspaper started by the Animaqing Research Institute, a "Tibet independence" institution that he organized with others, has different views with the Dalai Lama clique, the work staff of the institute and newspaper sellers were publicly insulted and threatened on the street. The editors of the newspaper have regularly received death threats. Violent groups have entered offices to harass the staff in an organized manner. These violent activities have been excused by the Dalai Lama in a certain sense and he has never publicly condemned these activities conducted under his name.

Most importantly, the "democracy myth" boasted by the Dalai Lama has a fatal defect.

Democratic politics mean the separation of politics and religion in a secular society and feature a government of the people, by the people, for the people and dominated by the people.

The democratic regime advocated by the Dalai Lama is actually an autocratic regime combining politics with religion, and features a government of monks, by monks, for monks and dominated by monks.

In such a regime, politics and religion are not separate and the Dalai Lama is always the political and religious leader. Samdhong Rinpoche, chief minister of the Tibetan "government in exile,” is also a monk. Monks control critical departments in the "government in exile.”

Norbu pointed out in his article that nowadays, exiled monks still have two voting changes in each bogus "people's congress" election. They can vote once as a resident in Weizang, Amdo, Kang and other parts of Tibet. They can also vote for a second time as a member of their respective religious sect. In this way, the political power is firmly held by monks, making the Dalai Lama's authority unshakable. For instance, Gemaqunpei, former president of the bogus Tibetan "People's Parliament," was immediately demanded to resign by monks shortly after he proposed to deliberate the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" approach. He was also threatened by violent groups.

To maintain the Dalai Lama's authority, the "government-in-exile" will even cheat. Norbu disclosed that at a special meeting of Tibetan exiles held between November 17 and 22 2008, various faked surveys, statistics and resolutions made the Dalai Lama believe that Tibetan people unanimously supported his "middle-way" approach and will never lose confidence in him and doubt his decisions.

Therefore, it is easy to understand why an article published in the Wall Street Journal on November 17 said that the special meeting of Tibetan exiles was actually a "poll" for the Dalai Lama to consolidate his political position.

The so-called "ongoing democratic system choosing a chief minister through elections" advocated by the Dalai Lama is a "political freak" with congenital defects, combining politics and religion, and adopting violence. Will such a "political freak" bring happiness to Tibetan people?

In fact, a number of Tibetan independence activists also doubt about this, and this is why radical Tibetan independence activists like Norbu have called on exiled Tibetan people to launch a "democratic revolution" against the Dalai Lama clique in their articles.

Here, we would like to ask: "How long will such a "democracy myth" doubted even by its own members be able to cheat people?"

China Tibet Information Center contributes to this article.

By People's Daily Online

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