After serving for many years as a political leader of Tibetan Government in Exile, Dalai Lama wants to relinquish this responsibility.
Tibetan Parliament in exile have to take a tough decision today. They need to decide on the request of H.H the Dalai Lama to release him form the political duties of government and to accept his resignation.
At present Dalai Lama holds the position of spiritual leader as well as political leader of Tibetan Buddhist. In a emotional letter, Dalai Lama appealed that he should be allowed to shed his role as political chief of the government-in-exile.
Earlier too Dalai Lama made such requests but were denied by the Parliament in exile. This time it is unlikely. Sources from Dharamsala says that His Holiness decision is unbendable and more of a order than request.
Dalai Lama mentioned in a letter that “If we have to remain in exile for several more decades, a time will inevitably come when I will no longer be able to provide leadership. Therefore, it is necessary that we establish a sound system of governance while I remain able and healthy, in order that the exiled Tibetan administration can become self-reliant rather than being dependent on the Dalai Lama”.
Even the current exiled Prime Minister, Samdhong Rinpoche, confirmed it to reporters that ”This decision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is final. There is no going back”.
Dalai Lama’s resignation would make little difference in his role as he would still spearhead the Tibetan movement. He further cleared the air by stating that he is not withdrawing from a public life.
To allow the Dalai Lama to step down and call for an election for the next Prime Minister a constitutional amendment will be needed. It is expected to happen in today’s meeting.
Tibetan community have appealed H.H Dalai Lama to reconsider his decision and continue as their political leader.