Monday, July 20, 2009

Dalai Lama For Tibetan Youth

In the history of revolution and struggle for freedom, the role of youth has always been prominent. Youth and change are two words that always go along. Such is the power of youth, of initiative and of the desire to move forward.

Youth movement saw its emergence in various forms throughout history and made enormous changes in how we look at history now.

Movements like Hippies, Punks, SNCC, SDS, American Youth Congress, Communist Youth and even Hitler Youth, played significant roles in the past. You can click on the links to read more about these youth movements.

Having a leader of the stature of the Dalai Lama, with a wisdom beyond doubt and a character above par, is an enormous responsibility.

Movements in history have witnessed how leaders in different periods of time realised the importance the power of youth and channeled it in different ways. It is high time, that His Holiness reaches out to the Tibetan Youth in a more extensive and intensive manner.

A straight one-on-one dialogue with the Dalai lama for the Tibetan youths must be organised where all kinds of views can be put forward and not just some censored questions. It is of utmost importance, that the actual voice of youth and not interpreted or mediated views, reach the Dalai Lama. Of course, his holiness is an extremely busy persona, and yet one cannot deny how significant it is for him to have a straight discussion with the Tibetan Youth. Afterall he is the leader of Tibetan people and the fate of Tibet lies in the hands of the future generation.

As a youth I feel it is the need of the hour that the Tibetan youths get an actual chance of dialogue with His Holiness.

He is a leader and a persona in the Tibetan History unlike ever before. Tibetan youths I am sure will be more than eager to have a dialogue with him. Such a gathering should not end up being a short sermon of religious teachings but rather become a platform of discussion. Many Tibetan youths, including myself, have so much to express, so much to tell, so much to thank him for.

An annual seven day consortium of youth representatives from all Universities with Tibetan students, young Tibetans who are working in various cities as well as the exile government must be held.

Such an enclave might in some ways prove to be much more useful and insightful than the so called "Special Meeting" held last year.

I will write to the office of The Dalai Lama requesting such an event to be organised in any near future.

Tibetan youths want His Holiness and we want him to guide us, to listen to us, to advise us and understand us. We want to have a direct contact with him without the usual censoring of questions and the limitations of traditional etiquette protocols.

Once such an enclave materialises, the Tibetan youths will be in a far more better position not only to convey their support for His Holiness, but also to express their views and grievances.