Day: November 25, 2017

Kashag’s clarification Point 8 contradicts raw evidence

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I appreciate the fact that Kashag finally felt the pressure to issue a clarification on the decision to replace North America representative Penpa Tsering. This is called people power!

I am not going to go into the details because the ball is now in Penpa Tsering’s court. And I am sure he will do full justice to it at the soonest possible. This, however, does not mean we will call off the protest in Dharamshala on 27 November 2017. Here is why:

What does this document reveal? It clearly states $1.5 million is a loan from Tibet Fund to the office of Tibet to purchase the building. Nowhere does this document state that the said amount is a contribution from Tibet Fund to the Office of Tibet. It also mentions 1% interest rate. This nails the lie Kashag manufactured in point number 8 of his clarification list.

Who is the female Kalon nominee? Name her. “He says, she says” won’t do.

What disparaging remarks did Penpa Tsering specifically make about Sikyong? What evidence do you have? Any tape? Any recording?

When the media asked Kashag as to when the decision to appoint Kalon Ngodup Tsering to the post of representative was made, the cabinet secretary Topgyal Tsering replied the Kashag decided on 6 November 2017. He did the press release on 7 November 2017. But on 6 November 2017 two Kalons, Sonam Topgyal and Phagpa Tsering, were out of town. This is a critical piece of information.

According to Charter Article 1 (iii), that decision pertaining the appointment of representatives must be made in the presence of all the Kalons. That did not happen.

This is a severe violation. And Sikyong must issue another clarification soon.

Also, why was Kaydor Aukatsang not terminated? Kaydor had many issues far more serious than PTs:

  1. Dalai Lama photo replaced by Sikyong photo.
  2. Shugden demonstrators came so close they could have easily hurt the Dalai Lama.
  3. Kalachakra controversy.
  4. Sikyong voting, misusing public office as election platform.
  5. US 1.5 million dollars

It is evident that Sikyong has two different standards for two different people — Penpa Tsering the arch-rival, and Kaydor, his best friend.

protestRemember November 27, 2017 Monday 10 am sharp!

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Mila Rangzen

The Editor
NEW YORK CITY, US

18 November 2017

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Sikyong Lobsang Sangay! Where are Office of Tibet loan records?

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By Mila Rangzen

NEW YORK CITY, US, 16 November 2017

Last March the auditing staff from Dharamshala CTA visited the Office of Tibet, Washington DC, to do the accounting. The staff asked the representative Penpa Tsering for the record of a $1.5-million loan taken by his office from Tibet Fund to purchase the building to house the Office of Tibet. Penpa Tsering told the staff that there is no record whatsoever for the loan since he took office in August 2016.

The auditor reported this discrepancy to the Auditor General in Dharamshala. Penpa Tsering also stated it to Sikyong and asked legitimate questions. Sikyong ordered the Auditor General to his office on two occasions and told him to remove any mention of the loan in the report.

This is not how democracy works. When transparency and accountability are missing, corruption is inevitable.

Penpa Tsering stood up to Sikyong — the highest Tibetan office — and said it is morally wrong to pressure the Auditor General to remove any mention of this loan.

The question

Why is Sikyong hiding the loan trail from the Tibetan public? To me, the answer is simple and yet two-pronged.

First: During the 2016 election, Sikyong claimed that it was his achievement that during his tenure he bought the building, without mentioning the source of the loan. I think that this was to boost his campaign resume to impress the Tibetan voters. Since Penpa Tsering raised this question as a responsible representative, Lobsang Sangay did not appreciate his integrity and terminated him. This is not a transfer.

Second: A few days before Sikyong fired Penpa Tsering, Sikyong’s supporters shared a two-minute video clip (on social media) where the Dalai Lama said he trusted Samdong Rinpoche and Lobsang Sangay as his representative or emissary. Nothing came in so handy as this clip; it was the opportunity to fire Penpa Tsering as it was unlikely for the Dalai Lama to say anything on the firing of Penpa Tsering for two reasons:

  1. The Dalai Lama just said he trusted Sikyong as a representative.
  2. Anything the Dalai Lama says on this firing issue; the Cabinet could see as interference with Sikyong business. Sikyong knew this, and he seized the opportunity. Also, the next Parliamentary session is months away, within which time this controversy would likely die down for the public memory is always short.

Had Penpa Tsering kept mum about this loan issue, the Parliament would raise the question in the future why he left the Tibetan public in the dark. Had he spoken up, as he rightfully did, he would, and did, get fired!

Why did Sikyong use Minister Youthok as his spokesperson?

During the 2016 Kalachakra controversy, Sikyong left Dharamshala, I believe to avoid questions from the media and used the DIIR secretaries Tashi Phuntsok and Sonam Dakpo to deliver a two-minute press release. Well, this time again he left Dharamshala and used both the Cabinet secretary and the Religion and Culture Minister Youthok to face the music from the media. From his body language, it seems evident that Youthok was doing the press release under pressure. He appeared disoriented, hardly maintaining eye contact with the media. He was mentally not present.

Just after the resignations of both former Security Minister Dongchung Ngodup and DIIR Minister Dicki Chhoyang, Lobsang Sangay found out that Cabinet secretary Youthok was also going to resign. Sangay saw this as a blow to his image as a leader. So, in the Parliament, Sikyong announced that the Cabinet Secretary was not going to resign. The backdoor deal was Sikyong promising him the ministerial post of religion and culture. This time Sikyong settled the score by using him to tackle the media. Did you notice how uncomfortable Youthok was?

Kashag said in the press release that the Office of Tibet in Washington is very important. This implies that the person holding the post in this office is very important too. The question then is “Is Penpa Tsering not fit enough to hold this post? And if not, why not?” Detail clarification is required.

The fact of the matter is that Penpa Tsering is far more fitting than any other representative from the past. Just one example: He is the only Representative who conducted the Tibetan population census under his jurisdiction and visited all the Tibetan dharma centers in North America to solidify our connection.

Where is the money?

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As Tibetans, it is our right as well as our duty to be watchdogs. That’s the least we can do.

It may be the prerogative of Kashag to terminate representatives, but this situation is different for several reasons:

  1. Penpa Tsering is the Chief Representative recommended by the Dalai Lama himself.
  2. Penpa Tsering was Lobsang Sangay’s arch-rival during 2016 election so we see a revenge motive.
  3. This situation is not normal. For the first time in our exile history, humble Tibetans are rising up in protest because they need to know why in detail.
  4. HH Private Office fired Tenzin Dhonden from the post of emissary. The man who blew the whistle on the character and conduct of Tenzin Dhonden is none other than Penpa Tsering.
  5. When the Dalai Lama asked Kalden Lodoe how Penpa Tsering was performing as the representative, Lodoe said Penpa Tsering is always drunk in the office.
  6. The Dalai Lama, being a human being, has no way of knowing the motive behind Kalden Lodoe’s words so he took them at face value.

Given the seriousness of the situation here, Sikyong must explain each and every reason in depth, failing which he must reinstate Penpa Tsering, or resign for playing the politics of revenge and regionalism.

All I am demanding is transparency and accountability.

Since there is no record of the loan, we the people demand to know: Who actually pocketed the money?

You can make your voice heard!

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Now, along with the protest, flood the Kashag (and cc to HH Private Office and the rest) with letters, faxes, emails, and phone calls demanding an explanation, failing which Sikyong must apologize and reinstate Penpa Tsering.

This is how democracy works!

Office of the Sikyong
Mailing:
Private Secretary to Sikyong
Kashag Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamshala – 176215 H.P., India
Tel: +91-1892-222218, 222713, 223546
Fax: +91-1892-224914
E-mail: pstosikyong@tibet.net

Kashag Secretariat
Mailing:
Kashag Secretary
Kashag Secretariat
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamshala – 176215 H.P., India
Tel: +91-1892-222218, 222713, 223546
Fax: +91-1892-224914
E-mail: kadrung@tibet.net

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
Mailing:
Parliamentary Secretary
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamshala – 176215 H.P., India
Tel: +91-1892-222481
Fax: +91-1892-224593
E-mail: tibetanparliament@tibet.net
Website: chithu.org

Private Office
Mailing address:
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thekchen Choeling
P.O. McLeod Ganj
Dharamshala
Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219
India
Telephone:
+91-1892-221343
+91-1892-221879
Fax: +91-1892-221813
E-Mail: ohhdl@dalailama.com

Remember: 27 November 2017, Monday 10 am sharp!

If Kashag refuses to reveal the reasons for the firing, then I suggest boycotting the December 10 event in New York which will be presided over by Lobsang Sangay and speaker Sonam Tenphel. The purpose being, not to protest the event itself, but to make our feelings clear to Lobsang Sangay and Sonam Tenphel.

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Tibetan unity in peril: Call for massive street protest in Dharamshala

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By Mila Rangzen

NEW YORK CITY, US, 11 November 2017

Like most Tibetans, including those who voted for Sikyong Lobsang Sangay in the 2016 election, I am shocked by what Sikyong Lobsang Sangay did to former speaker Penpa Tsering — the Dalai Lama’s Chief Representative posted in Washington DC. He fired Penpa Tsering a few days ago for no reason other than political revenge.

Penpa Tsering was Lobsang Sangay’s opponent in the 2016 Sikyong election and a tough one at that. Penpa Tsering is the only Tibetan statesman who can stand up to Lobsang Sangay and speak the truth to his face for the good of our cause and our community as a whole.

Stand up he did, in and outside the Parliament. With humility but firmly. Roughly twenty-eight thousand Tibetans in our small exile community voted for him.

Recognizing Penpa Tsering’s capability, experience, and integrity, the Dalai Lama’s private office recommended Penpa Tsering as the right man for the Representative job. Sikyong had no choice but to relent. Also, to appear to be burying the election grudge and the regional hatchet, that was the best bet he had. No need to point out that Lobsang Sangay is a Khampa man and Penpa Tsering is an Amdo/U-Tsang man. Track the source of the conflict. It will help the reader understand the Tibetan domestic politics. To turn a blind eye because it makes you feel uncomfortable is, in fact, an endorsement for negative regionalism to continue.

When the media asked for elaboration on why Sikyong fired him, the response from him and his subordinates was shocking. Sikyong, laughing sarcastically, avoided the question by telling the media to talk to the Cabinet Secretary. The secretary simply said Sikyong fired him because it is in his power to do so according to the exile charter. No specific reason was given.

The Deputy Sikyong Youthok Karma Gelek responded, at an only 10-minute-long press conference, by saying that Sikyong had served three warning notices to Penpa Tsering to mend his ways in the past one year and that he was not respecting Sikyong. When pressed for what precisely wrong did Penpa Tsering do, Youthok became overbearing and left.

CTA, where is the transparency?

The Dalai Lama publicly rebuked both the candidates in Dharamshala in April 2016 for stirring regional tensions among the Tibetan community during the election. Both the candidates publicly apologized. And so, we believed the matter got settled there and then. Sangay even delivered tons of speeches on the importance of Tibetan unity.

But to our dismay, Lobsang Sangay proved us wrong. The man is still in the election campaign mode despite being in office again for almost two years. This firing on unfounded grounds is an attempt to tarnish the image and reputation of Penpa Tsering. How vindictive can Sikyong get? This is absolutely unacceptable, and it also goes against the very teaching of the Dalai Lama.

Penpa Tsering said on Voice of America that he was served only one warning notice and that too without any explanation. Sikyong also denied Penpa Tsering his right to explain his position. Sangay revealed his actual colors. Also, the removal of Penpa Tsering from the office is a slap in Dalai Lama’s face, and a kick to the rear of the twenty-eight thousand Amdos and U-Tsangs who voted for him.

What can we do now?

Oposing groups of people standing on either side of a crack in the ground.

When we think an issue is this important, we are left with no choice but a massive protest. Protesting can help raise public awareness and prevent a cheap political vendetta that can ruin the Tibetan unity thus far achieved.

I call for the Tibetans to come out in thousands at Gangkyi on 27 November 2017 at 10 am sharp, and do the following.

Picket by holding up large signs at the Cabinet building and demand a detailed explanation for the firing of Penpa Tsering. Gather first at McLeod Ganj and march to Gangkyi, demanding the reinstatement of Penpa Tsering to the office. Hold a vigil at night in memory of Penpa Tsering’s dedication and service to our community. Do sit-ins at the Cabinet building lobby until the demand is met. Resist threats and violence with resolute non-violent action. Be the peace warriors!

Organise a core group of U-Tsang Association and Amdo Association if the Cholsum Association fails to do so. Assign roles to members pertaining to media coverage, permits, equipment, safety, transport, signs, and placards.

Gather as many people as you can to help out on the day. Remember to contact them the night before to remind them about the protest. Put the word out through emails, posters and flyers, local media, social media, word of mouth, and any other way you can.

Organise speakers for they can inspire and educate the Tibetan public, but keep the speeches short and powerful.

Thunder into the streets! Pound sense into the head of Sikyong! Lead by example, not by ego!

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 P.S. This post was first published on November 11, 2017

Struggling against the sleep of my UTSANG people PART 5

This is Tibetan domestic politics, not Tibet-China politics. So, keep the debate in context.

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I am not ashamed of sticking to the death-bed advice my father gave me. I have friends, schoolmates, in-laws, and classmates across the three provinces but when we meet my stand doesn’t bother me one bit. I stick to my gun, and they respect that. So, do not ever be afraid of what others might think of you. Free yourself from that prison. Go your way! What’s the worst that can happen? Nothing. Only you will find a new path.

If you hate regionalism as much as you pretend to, then there is a perfect solution to it. Demand multiparty system and opposition party system rooted in ideology, not in Dhotoe, Dhomay, U-Tsang. Introducing the system will kill negative regionalism overnight because every party will have Tibetans from all the three provinces. If there is any fight, it will be purely on ideology and policy. Do you have the will and vision to demand just that? Are you with me? If not, then STFU!

If you hate sectarianism as much as I do, then don’t cry. There is a foolproof solution to it. Eradicate the ten religious seats in the politics of our parliament. These monks are supposed to be followers of Buddha who renounced palace and politics. Government is not their domain. Never should religion and politics meet. Not realizing this is harmful to both religion and politics. Are you with me now? If not, then STFU!

The root cause of regionalism and sectarianism is not ignorance but this cholka cholug,  choesi sungdey system. I will not sleep till the day this shit is flushed from our governmental system. Remember in a power struggle, Sakyapas slaughtered ten thousand Kargyu monk fighters in a single day and they were all Buddhists. There were many more bloodshed such as this in our history. Today Sakyapas, far away from the lime light of politics, are pretty unassuming and peaceful. Sakya Gongma Rinpoche symbolizes this peace.

The dawn of a new U-Tsang

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A new U-Tsang is emerging. The image of the new U-Tsang is not yet clear, but the horizon is becoming red, and the sun will soon be there. The morning mist is there, and the image of the new U-Tsang is vague, but still, a few things are crystal clear about the new U=Tsang. A great revolution is on the way. Now the new U-Tsang is going to be born on a grander scale.

Time to discard the old, meek U-Tsang has come. The old U-Tsang is dying, and there is no need to help it survive anymore.  The old U-Tsang is on the deathbed: don’t mourn for it- help it to die. Because only with the death of the old Utsang can the new U-Tsang be born. The cessation of the old U-Tsang is the beginning of the new U-Tsang.

  1. The new Utsang is curious about all things. He must always be questioning the world in which he lives.
  2. The new Utsang must be an honest person by nature. There is no room for manipulation and lies. The truth is the truth. The new U-Tsang looks at the world objectively, but not too objectively that it hinders his ability to think critically.
  3. The new U-Tsang must not be afraid. He will be in situations where tough questions must be asked. He must be proud and confident. He must be in the middle of physical danger. The new U-Tsang cannot be afraid of risk-taking and adventure.
  4. The new U-Tsang must be a loyal watchdog. The new U-Tsang must speak up and work for the good of the public interest.
  5. The new U-Tsang must be kind. He deals with different people with different experiences, situations, and needs daily.  He must be warmhearted unless someone warrants it to be any different.
  6. The new U-Tsang must be a trustworthy person. When building relationships people will help you when they know you can be trusted.
  7. The new U-Tsang must be passionate about what he does.  It is this passion that can make an impact.
  8. The new U-Tsang is tenacious. He must have a sense of tenacity. He cannot be discouraged quickly, but instead, thrive off the hardship, threats, assaults and the challenge!

Adopt the Roman salute

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Also, adopt Roman salute and use it during a demonstration. This is one of the most peaceful gestures ever. Romans adopted it from elsewhere. It is similar to Tibetans sticking out tongue to show, in history, that your tongue is not black and that you are not practicing black magic. Sticking out tongues nowadays can be seen as sexual and therefore discard the practice altogether. But the Roman salute performed with the right hand stretched in the air with straight hand, and the palm facing down slightly sends the message that you are unarmed and that you meant peace.

The cynics may say this is a Nazi salute and therefore evil. Nazis copied it from Romans and used it for greetings and psychological impact. KKK use it for racial superiority. But we will stick to its original meaning of greetings and nonviolence and peace.

Every time you use the salute do it unison especially in large numbers and scream slogans as one team such as ” Dangdhen” meaning truth and justice, “Chisel, Nangsel” meaning transparency, “Gyenkhur” meaning accountability. You can use other positive words with two syllables that match the salute performance. You can use four syllables, but for two syllables you have to swing your right hand from your left shoulder to the front to match the rhythm.

Adopt a new Tibetan salute to those Tibetan leaders who are not accountable and transparent

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It is as same as the roman salute except you point one finger that is your index finger at the leader and scream in unison repeatedly, slogans such as:

Choka shengo! (negative regionalism)

Sidhon dasha! (political vendetta)

You just can’t fathom the psychological impact it has on the politician that he will have to think twice about making the same mistake again!

Don’t joke, or laugh when you do it. And yes, don’t do it lazily. When you do it, do it with passion and pride, and this will inject seriousness in the head of the top dogs and fat cats you are protesting. That, you mean business.

Don’t forget November 27, 2017 Monday 10 am sharp!

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Get a few Pyle PA system with 50 watts or more and blast the Kashag building till it shakes and the walls vibrate, and the bad guys tremble!

P.S. If you know of corruption or injustice at high levels and if you have facts, evidence, photos, audio, videos, contact me–the Tibetan WikiLeaks  at milarangzen@gmail.com

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Mila Rangzen