Sunday, December 27, 2015

Minnesota Debate: The Victors!

Before you begin, read the intro here!
Minnesota North America Chithue debate video here.

Candidates, feel free to post your version of answers if you think you have been misinterpreted . Although I have provided the link of the video above. I welcome any and all critique. 

What is special/unique about you as compared to other North America Chithue candidates? Why should one vote for you?

In my opinion, Chithue candidate Tenzin Rangdol  and Kalsang Phuntsok did best in answering this question. The question was intended for the candidates to both introduce themselves as well as convey to the voters, what their vision was.

Tenzin Rangdol uniquely identified himself by emphasizing on the tremendous amount of resource we have in the form of our youth. He stressed on the need to identify, formulate and implement ways in which this resource can be used for Tibet and showed his intention to work towards that goal. At the same time, he acknowledged the great work our elders have done under the guidance of His Holiness while underscoring the considerable responsibility on the shoulders of Tibetan youth.

2016 First North America Chithue Debate: Was it really a Debate?


        The first North America Chithue debate was organized by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) Minnesota and was held on Dec 12, 2016. A complete video recording of the event is available here

       Before you read further, I must congratulate the regional TYC in doing a great job organizing this event, particularly their moderation and time keeping during questions was quite good. However, I did not really see an actual debate, where there are rebuttals, counter-views and a focus on delivering a precise set of messages by each candidate. What I mostly saw was an opportunity given to the Chithue candidates to give their answers to a certain set of questions and wallow in niceties to each other. There was time given for rebuttal, but none of the candidate really took it to critique or dissect their opponent's views. 

        When I am watching a political debate, or for that matter, any debate. I expect individuals to be on either side of an aisle, this does not necessarily mean having opposing views or ideology, but it simply means having a set of unique perspectives. But they somehow all seem to agree on everything.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What is the role of a North America Chithue?

In 2011, much of the focus had been on the Sikyong candidates with limited attention being paid to the Chithue nominees and finalists. There were a few low profile debates/discussions for Chithues, which did not seem to have attracted too much attention.

This year, in 2016, there has been relatively much more interest in the Chithue elections, and in particular, the North America elections. There are already a couple of debates being announced, the first being hosted by RTYC Minnesota on Dec 12, 2016.

Personally, as a young Tibetan and a North America resident, I feel extremely responsible for the two chithue votes that I will cast during the final elections on March 20th, 2016. This is an important decision for me and for all North America Tibetans.

As I contemplate my decision to vote for a/two particular chithue candidate/s, the first question (perhaps out of my ignorance), that comes to my mind is,

" What is the role of a North America Chithue?"

Monday, November 9, 2015

10 Questions for North America 2016 Chithue Election Finalists

March 20th, 2016 is the date for the final elections for electing both Sikyong and Chithues. The North America preliminary election results are already out with the names of the finalists. Unlike 2011, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the North America Chithue elections. We have also witnessed more campaign efforts by each nominee in presenting themselves as the candidate of choice.
In the coming months we will see a lot of interviews, debates, articles and campaign efforts hopefully highlighting what each nominee has in store in terms of policy efforts and action plans. The goal of this article is to highlight some key issues that will hopefully steer the conversation in the right direction.

Following are my 10 questions for the Chithue finalists:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sikyong 2016: Challenges and the road ahead

One of the candidates for 2016. photo by: Tibet Sun/ Lobsang Wangyal

     Election for the Tibetan Prime Minister in exile or Sikyong (Tibetan) in 2011 were widely publicized and enthusiastically contested. Debates, talks and visits by the nominees held across the world from Asia, Europe and North America infused a sense of new energy in this facet of the Tibet movement. We saw many Tibetan candidates, young and old, standing up, ready to share the reins of responsibility for the Tibet movement with His Holiness the Dalai lama. The 2011 election results brought Dr. Lobsang Sangay, a young and fresh face,  at the helm of a generational change of leadership. He won not only widespread adulation and support from Tibetans across the globe, but also inherited a myriad of challenges to tackle and solve. (A review of current Sikyong's policy initiatives over the last 4-5 years will be a part of another write up in future.)

              With another election at the horizon and many candidates already warming up for the preliminary elections for nomination, it would make sense to point out a few of the challenges that the Tibet movement today faces. This would perhaps help to shape the dialogue over issues, that could highlight the respective campaigns of candidates in this new election cycle.