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.