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Dalai's democracy practices are laughing stock
14:58, October 28, 2009  

The Dalai Lama always boasted devoting himself to advancing democracy, but his democracy practice often turns to be a laughingstock. For example, his "Tibetan People's Parliament" held the 8th session of fourteenth conference on September 7 in Dharamsala turned out to be a big joke.

According to the "Tibetan Sound in Norway" and other Tibetan independence media reports, the standing committee of the "Tibetan People's Parliament" on 18 decided to compensate travel expenses to senator Sonam Topgyal for his traveling to Australia, but another senator, Dolma Tsomo, proposed a bill to object the compensation.

In response Dolma Tsomo was immediately threatened by another group of senators who said if she didn't withdraw the bill, the standing committee of "Tibetan people's parliament" and the speaker will leave the conference to show their protest.

The farce occurred at the highest level at 4pm on 18, because the senators' left the conference and only announced their plans by not attending. On 19, the number of persons present was less than 2/3, so the speaker of "Tibetan People's Parliament"; Bianba Cering could only announce an unlimited delay to conference proceedings.

A session of congress became controversial and noisy only because of the senator's travel expenses, such a democratic laughingstock may not be ruled out in the future, but at least, it was unprecedented. From this laughingstock, we can unscramble certain information, which helps people understand what the Dalai Lama's democracy is!

First of all, we can see clearly from this farce that the Dalai's senators are too selfish. The ordinary exiled Tibetan's life has been extremely hard for a long time, as the "Guangming Daily" said on April 3, 2008, quoting a foreign reporter's words: "Dharamsala's streets are quite messy and dirty, which make many pilgrims disappointed. And the school buildings are made of iron sheet, the houses are low, while the light is dim and gloomy."

The ordinary exiled Tibetans can only live in a status of refugee and cannot buy land or real estate on a permanent basis. The only thing they can do is "borrow and rent". Most of the refugees start small businesses, weathering through life with basic living substance.

In the last two years, because of the financial crisis, the business of knitting blankets, which is a major means for exiled Tibetans' living, has been considerably affected, thus adding difficulty to their already hard life .

According to an article from the website of US weekly magazine "Times" on March 10, the consensus of Dalai's "government in exile" shows that the unemployment rate of the exiled Tibetans approaches 75%. –Obviously, compared with those senators, these exiled Tibetans suffer a very difficult life, but this failed to touch their callous hearts.

From arguments over senators' travel expenses, those congressmen only care about whether their money will influence their "Tibetan Independence" careers, while they never pay attention to improving the exiled Tibetan's daily life, which makes people suspicious: Are these representatives who don't care about the hardship of people's livelihood really elected under democracy?

Next, such farce also revealed how serious the Dalai group's internal conflict is. As early as June and July this year, Songdong's resignation already showed the intense conflicts among the Dalai group's interior cliques, Sangdong kept on proclaiming that his resignation was because of health, trying to cover their internal divergence.

But the farce on September 18 had directly pulled down Sangdong's fig leaf. The Tibetan- Independent media "the International Postal Newspaper of Tibet" reported on September 19: "According to some senators' words, what senator Dolma Tsomo and her supporters had done was obviously try to differentiate the cliques." And the travel expense was only a pretense, while the cliques' struggle was the basic reason." Because the senators are busy with internal friction, they don't have enough time to take considerations for the livelihood of those ordinary exiled Tibetans.

Finally, this farce brought forward a question that a senator's travel expense was just a minor matter, how could it become an official agenda of the "People's Parliament" which represents hundreds of thousands of exiled Tibetans?

From this, we can deduce that besides the fact that senators are not caring about people's livelihood and they are only concerned about friction conflicts, a more important reason is those senators don't have anything to do, for the Dalai has already judged everything. No matter how the Dalai Lama's "government in exile" is made up, it will always feature "theocracy" from its root.

The "Exile Charter" which was set down in 1991 still prescribed that "the highest authority of the government should belong to the Dalai Lama". When interviewed by "Voice of Germany" on August 10, 2009, Sangdong said the Dalai Lama was still the top person with the highest administrative authority.

After 2001, the highest person of the "exiled authority" shifted from the Dalai to Sangdong, but its "theocracy" hasn't been changed, and this kind of change in principal is also nominal.

An article from the Tibetan independence media, "the Tibet hometown website" on September 9, which was written by Jia Yangnuobu, a person who supported Tibet's independence, said Sangdong admitted that he only carried on the policy made by Dalai Lama. All of this information revealed that the Dalai controlled everything about the "government in exile". And the so called "government in exile" and "parliament" was only a pretense for democracy. Dalai's control on the "government in exile" was institutional from its root.

After the 14th Dalai left, the exiled authority established in India had three major systems, namely "Dalai's secretariat", "Gaxag Government" and "Tibetan people's parliament". Among them, Dalai's secretariat (also called Dalai's office) was not only an important agency which safeguards Dalai's religious status, political authority and international status, but also the core agency and power organ of the "exiled authority". Any order cannot be effective without Dalai's permission.

Sangdong also admitted that the exiled Tibetans accepted the form of democratic authority because of their devotion to the Dalai Lama, "If he didn't advocate it, people won't accept the democracy."

From this we can say that the Dalai's democracy was actually a dictatorship! That is why the speaker Bianba Cering begins with the sentence "we want to express our gratitude to the Dalai Lama for his great contribution to…" And those senators do not have any big deals to discuss, only use the travel expenses to waste the time."

This event also tells people: no matter how beautiful a word is it cannot replace the true reality. The democracy the Dalai proclaimed was actually "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility".

It was so woeful that those "senators" all had their own purpose and are in collusion with each other to grasp their own profits, do people really not know how the Dalai group maintains its feeble existence?

China Tibet Information Center contributes to this article.

By People's Daily Online

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