Dalai Lama's Retirement: political farce
08:35, April 06, 2011
Dalai Lama's Retirement: political farce
The Dalai Lama urged his "parliament" to amend "Charter of the Tibetans in Exile" on Mar. 11, 2011, and called off "all of the administration work in the name of 'the Dalai Lama" .
This "Retirement Issue" soon became the spotlight among his Tibetan followers and western supporters. Later, the "parliament" announced to establish a panel to help realize the Dalai Lama's decree.
The panel proposed that "all administrative rights and liabilities" exercised by the Dalai Lama would be separated into 3 parts, including "cabinet in exile", "parliament in exile" and "the supreme court in exile", while the Dalai Lama had to instruct the "government in exile" on major issues.
But soon after the proposal got rejected since some "members of parliament" thought that "it has completely violated true aspiration of Tibetans in China and in exile". Some American journalists gave commentary that it is probable that Dalai Lama will finally "retain his post to obey the wills of the Tibetan people"……
"Retirement" shows the political identity of 14th Dalai Lama
A signed article by Yi Duo published on April 1 pointed out that the 14th Dalai Lama's "retirement" rhetoric was merely a political farce and a contemptible show.
The article notes that the quitting from the "political or administrative functions" of the 76-year-old Dalai Lama is a "slap on the face"toward the politicians of the U.S. and other western countries.
Obviously, since 1980s, western politicians have frequently met with the Dalai Lama, disregarding the strong objection of the Chinese government, with a high-sounding excuse: the Dalai Lama is "a respectable religious leader".
When western politicians mean to label the Dalai Lama's recent political move as "democratic", it is probably because they have not realized that the Dalai Lama's "retirement" is simply sarcasm to their long held pretext.
Despite the Dalai Lama's separatist and violent terrorist activities which in fact have already revealed his identity as a political exile, Yi Duo, the writer of this article takes a look at the articles of the "Charter of the Tibetans-in-Exile", which specially prescribe the political rights of the Dalai Lama.
The article says, the prescribed political rights of the lama have far exceeded the power of any political leader on earth.
This "Charter" made in 1991 stipulates in Article 3: This Charter … assented to by the Dalai Lama shall come into force on the day appointed by the Dalai Lama, and the future Tibetan polity shall …through the dual system of government;
Article 19 stipulates that the executive power shall be vested in the Dalai Lama, and shall be exercised by Him, either directly or through officers subordinate to Him. In particular, the Dalai Lama shall execute his power of the chief executive of the Tibetan government: approve and promulgate bills and regulations prescribed by the 'Tibetan Assembly'… dissolve or suspend the 'Tibetan Assembly'… dissolve the Kashag or remove a Kalon or Kalons.
Article 29 stipulates that the Dalai Lama may, in cases of an emergency, dissolve the Kashag or remove a Kalon or Kalons, including the Chief Kalon, as the case may be."
Article 30 stipulates that all executive business of the Tibetan Administration shall be conducted in the name of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Besides, according to Article 97, 101 and 107, heads of some crucial functions of the "Tibetan Administration in Exile"… may be appointed by the Dalai Lama, such as "the Chief Commissioner of the 'Tibetan Central Election Commission', the Chairman of the 'Public Service Commission'and the Auditor General of the independent 'Tibetan Audit Commission.'
Based on the analysis of the role designed for the Dalai Lama in the "Charter", which till now is in full effect in the Dalai clique, the article says "the so-called 'Tibet Administration in Exile' is anything but 'democracy, freedom, human rights".
It is convincing to believe that other than fitting to the western "universal values", the "Tibet Administration in Exile"is absolutely a totalitarian autarchy dominated by a gang of illegal theocratic enthusiasts who were led by the Dalai Lama as the ringleader.
What makes the Dalai Lama a spiritual leader and a practical controller? What makes the Dalai Lama and his followers an international "brand"? The reason lies in that he has had the supreme right a descended from the feudal serfdom of old Tibet in the past decades plus some western politicians have euphemized, advocated and supported his political influence. In other words, without the leadership of the Dalai Lama could his followers- a bunch of political and religious power holders- never carry on for another single day!
When the Dalai Lama proposed "retirement", Samdhong Rinpoche, chief Kalon of the clique, immediately stated that they had no capability to take over the government without the Dalai Lama. His "ambassador" to the United States of America also admitted that his leadership would not change even if he retired and that there would be no need to state it so clearly in black and white.
The western media and scholars generally believe that the Dalai Lama will probably pull strings behind the scenes to influence the political policy on overseas Tibetans and that as long as he lives he will always hold the absolute leadership.
Clearly, calling the Dalai Lama merely a "religious leader" is just an excuse for some western politicians to meet him. Even the Dalai clique and its western supporters never believe such a word.
Why 14th Dalai Lama wants to "retire"?
It is obvious that the Dalai Lama's "retirement" is merely a farce to protect him when he realized the situation was against him. For example, the so-called "cabinet" resigned and the "parliament"was forced to dismiss in 1991 due to a series of violence triggered by the frequent exposures of corruption of the Dalai clique.
To ease the conflict, the Dalai Lama declared that he would "semi-retire" form post. However, the fact proved that the Dalai Lama still has the final say in all major decisions of the Dalai clique.
In 2008, the internal contradiction of the Dalai clique became even worse after their failures to sabotage the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, so the Dalai Lama again put forward his "semi-retirement" and planed to retire totally.
As expected, the convention strongly urged him not to retire. Taking the advantage, the Dalai Lama announced he would not retire and continued to serve Tibetan people in his lifetime.
As he wishes, his trick of "concession" makes a great coup.
In this way, the Dalai Lama can not only win "consistent support" from his followers but also help his followers to avoid being marginalized in the world.
The French leading newspaper Le Monde and the British newspaper The Guardian commented that the Dalai Lama's action has made him much more popular in the west than before.
The "retirement"of the Dalai Lama is another move to realize the political power transition and keep the "government in exile" running. Ever since he fled aboard after his failure of military rebellion in 1959, the Dalai Lama has never stopped pursuing the so-called "Tibetan Independence". But till now, the Dalai Lama is aged with the years while the "Tibet Independence" is still in an indefinite future, shadowed the Dalai Clique with anxieties and disappointment.
In the letter the Dalai Lama wrote to his "parliament", he expressed his worries and concerns about the fate of his "government in exile"during post-Dalai period and urged to adopt the new system right away. Here the Dalai Lama told the truth that "retirement" is to help other Tibet separatists create a favorable condition, in case that some day "When the tree falls, the monkeys will scatter away".
Will Dalai Lama really retire?
As a matter of fact, the 14th Dalai Lama has issued his statement about "retirement" many times, but failed to keep his promise again and again, which indicates that he is unwilling to retreat from his post as a political manipulator at all.
According to his statement issued on a press conference held in India's Kalimpong on Dec. 14, 2010, he meant to retire from administrative affairs only. In his opinion, the 14th Dalai Lama will no longer sign for things such as managing the items of an account or making an announcement about holding a conference, just like "president" of a nation. And that is all about of his "retirement".
This time in his letter to the "parliament", the 14th Dalai Lama only vaguely proposed to amend the "Charter for Tibetans in exile", while ignoring key articles about the theocracy system, his status and power entirely.
In contrast, he expressed that he would never abandon public affairs when confronting "significant difficulties". Actually, he aims to set aside enough space in advance for him to participate in international affairs in the amended "charter".
In fact, to retire or not is out of Dalai Lama's own decision. If he refuse to take any further part in Tibetan affairs, how about those guys who lived on "independence of Tibet" led by him?
At the end of last year, the Dalai Lama expressed that he will "completely retire within six months", while, the "government in exile" made an announcement on Dec. 10 to entreat the Dalai Lama to continue to act as apolitical and religious leader of Tibet and stop thinking about and making any speech about retirement; on the same day, "president"of the "government in exile" said Dalai Lama's speech about his retirement made all Tibetans sleepless with no appetite. He also requested the Dalai Lama not to think about retirement.
After the Dalai Lama delivered his "resignation letter", Samdhong immediately asked his "parliament in exile" to seriously discuss a group of questions on Mar. 15, such as "Will the Dalai Lama's retirement decrease Tibet issue's international influence?", "Will the people in and out of Tibet deem Tibetan government in exile as legally representative?", "Will the talk with Chinese government go on?", etc. In a word, without Dalai Lama, the question will be whether the group can feed themselves or not.
We can say that whether the Dalai Lama retires or not, the political nature of the Dalai Lama and his followers' theocracy and splittism will never change, the factual status of the Dalai Lama among his followers will never change. If his retirement can really bring back the downfall destiny of Dalai Lama's clique, the Dalai Lama would have retired long before. Why would he even bother holding up his position till today? Therefore, we don't have to take the Dalai Lama's retirement so seriously.
Recently, the Dalai Lama once again said that: "Forty years ago, I was told by a foreteller that I can live as long as 113. And also, A Tibetan book stated 100 years ago that one person in today's world has the luck to live for 113 years, I think that person should be me. "It appears that the Dalai Lama----"son of India", made up his mind to go on his farce for a while. However, people are interested in how the Dalai Lama will end his farce this year.From: China Tibet Online