Manifesto

Kasur Gyari Dolma’s Campaign Manifesto 

 

Pledge:

As I seek to be nominated to the highest Office of Sikyong, I solemnly pledge to uphold the vision of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in pursuing our shared National Objective in the true democratic spirit – abiding by the will of the Tibetan People, with due respect for the plurality of views and in the interest of our polity. 

I pledge to uphold my responsibility towards my Guru and Leader in His commitment to the preservation of Tibetan Culture and Religion as well as His reaffirmed commitment to Universal Responsibility. Although His rigorous regimen belies His advanced years, His well-being and security would be of paramount importance to my administration and due steps would be undertaken to ensure it. 

I pledge my service to the Tibetan People and National Cause to the best of my ability for as long as I shall exist, with or without the trappings of Office. 

The legitimacy of the CTA, which was formally established on 29th April, 1959 in Mussoorie as the continuation of the government in independent Tibet, was clearly enunciated by His Holiness’ statement that his presence and that of his Kashag legitimized the CTA. Over the years our democracy has evolved; and is presently in the process of electing our Representatives next year. Although numbering only in the thousands in exile, our diaspora now has an extensive global footprint. On the eve of the electoral process, I would like to reaffirm my commitment to keeping the aspirations of our compatriots inside Tibet; and that this commitment will be my lodestar in the evaluating and consideration of all major governmental policies. 

It is my firm belief that Public Service should be stamped by a sense of integrity, patriotism, and consensus. Therefore; I pledge that my administration will bring these ideas to every aspect of our responsibilities all the while working towards greater social cohesion and solidarity. 

If found worthy of the Office of Sikyong, while continuing to advance the commendable achievements of previous administrations, it would be my greatest honor to undertake the following steps: 

Summary of commitments:

1. H.H. The Dalai Lama’s Personal Health and Security to be treated as a matter of State Policy: 

The Kashag will undertake the responsibility of H.H. The Dalai Lama’s Personal Health and Security as a matter of State Policy. As enshrined in the very first Article of our Charter, the presence and guiding hand of His Holiness will continue to be the compass by which the CTA will move forward on the Tibetan Struggle. 

2. The Resolution of the Tibetan Issue and the Engagement Process with China: 

The Kashag will vigorously pursue the revival of the engagement process with China while remaining firmly committed to the Middle Way Policy as envisioned by H.H. The Dalai Lamaand formulated by the Tibetan Parliament.

A multi-pronged approach towards achieving this will include; but not be limited to, impressing upon legislators in India as well as other countries to acknowledge Tibet’s historical independent status. The grim situation in Tibet with regard to human rights violations, religious persecution, environmental destruction, media censorship, restrictions in mobility, etc., will be highlighted with renewed intensity so as to ensure that our compatriots inside Tibet are not driven to desperation and resorting to tragic self-immolations. 

The UN Tibet Initiative Committee will be revived to address the ongoing situation faced by the Tibetan political prisoners in Tibet. 

3. Promotion of Democratic ideals by ensuring an Independent Media: 

The democratically elected CTA is a credit to the vision of H.H. The Dalai Lama and the Kashag will strive to ensure a Free and Vibrant Media to strengthen our Democracy in direct contrast to an authoritarian regime like The Communist China. It is my belief that Independent media – print, electronic or social – can and should play a vital role in actively highlighting the Tibetan Issue. 

4. The Tibetan Educational System:Every nation’s development is directly linked to the educational system that we provide to our children. Keeping this in mind, relevant and necessary adaptations will be made to the existing Tibetan Educational Policy. 

The Tibetan Education Policy will be continued in all schools administered by the CTA. The Mepon Peton School Project, a brainchild of the policy will be expanded.

Special focus on providing diploma courses in Tibetan language, culture, history, and a special course on the philosophy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be offered in a Special Tibetan Education Center to be set up for our children outside India, Nepal and Bhutan.

The monastic education will be incorporated in the Tibetan Education Policy as an academic course and a move will be initiated for the Recognition of the Nalanda tradition of monastic education degrees by Indian Education Boards at the state and Central levels as well as foreign Universities. 

Specialization in STEM subjects will be prioritized. 

 

5. Economic Development Programs: 

To enable financial independence for a vast majority of Tibetans in India and Nepal, there will be localized programs in various sectors like land usage in the Settlements, cultural tourism, organic farming, inclusion in the ambitious Government of India’s “Make in India” Initiative, private-public partnerships in small-scale businesses like that of the sweater – sellers as well as providing necessary support and guidance towards sustenance to those in the remote, disadvantaged areas of Ladakh and Sikkim. 

State governments of Karnataka, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim have shown great interest in the proposal that I presented as a minister four years ago to incentivize cultural tourism in the settlements. 

Other states with existing Tibetan communities will be approached to come on board to promote tourism and businesses in the settlements. 

Similarly, steps to improve the employability prospects of Tibetan youth will be studied and implemented. 

The percentage of increase in the corpus fund each term will be increased double-fold in my term.

 

6. Affirmative Action: 

I am singularly dedicated to taking better care of the old and poor who have a special place in His Holiness’ heart. 

In addition to the Resolution of the Tibetan Political Issue, the physical and mental wellbeing of the Tibetan People is also a primary responsibility of our Administration.In keeping with this objective, to all those in need like the old and the destitute, my Kashag will strive to provide adequate healthcare and housing while also reviewing the destitute care policy so as to ensure that every Tibetan can live with dignity. 

P.S. In view of the ongoing pandemic situation, all special provisions by the CTA will remain applicable and timely review will be conducted to boost and to avert lapses in the care. 

7. Keeping the diaspora together 

The administration will nurture closer relations with the diasporic communities spread in various countries. The implementation of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy of 2014 will be pursued at the state levels to avail the benefits enlisted therein. Tibetans outside the settlement housing units, especially the newly arrived Tibetan communities will be extended housing projects at a larger scale.

Practical projects will be initiated to address the plight of Tibetans in Nepal. 

In view of the increasing Tibetan population in the west, the stakeholders will be consulted on the viability of implementing Article 7 of the charter of the Tibetans-in-exile. The Article stipulates the appointment of a Welfare Officer and the election of Local Assembly in places with moderate Tibetan population. It is hoped to complement the works of existing local Tibetan communities. 

My Kashag will work to have the Government of India issue special permission to those returning to India permanently or temporarily. 

8. Empowerment of the Tibetan Women and Youth:

To begin with, my Kashag will have the most number of women than ever before and within the next few years that follow, the Offices of Tibet worldwide, as well as local and central offices of the CTA will see an equal representation of equally abled women.It is high time to appoint skilled Tibetan women to these decision making bodies. 

With regard to our youth, we have to encourage their participation in every aspect of governance so as to ensure smooth transition not just in leadership but also in the pursuance of the national objective. 

The structure of the Youth Empowerment Service (Y.E.S) under the Department of Home and Women Empowerment Desk (W.E.D) under the Finance Department will be reviewed to clearly serve the purpose reflected by the names. 

The detailed version of the summary is readily available in the Tibetan version of my Manifesto. Long live HH The Dalai Lama!

 Bhod Gyalo!