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.