After an escape from Tibet into India in 2001, he enrolled in Sera Je for further Buddhist philosophical studies in 2004. He completed his bachelors in Sarah Institute in 2008. In 2009 he became an editor at the Department of Religion and Culture, CTA and edited three volumes of books on the history of over 300 monasteries including the four schools of Buddhism and Bon religion of Tibet.
He was earlier elected to the 15th TPiE and currently he is one of the Standing Committee members of the 16th TPiE.
He is a distant relative of late Juchen Thupten, the Khampa tribal boss who masterminded the disunity of Utsang into Ngari and Kongpo in the 70s through the 90s. Also, they are from the same Kham Dhegay region. His mother is from Kham Chamdo, a town infested with Shugden followers. He is also a political disciple of the so-called Tulku Urgyen Topgyal, a hardcore Khampa regionalist who claims Dhegay and Nangchen were independent countries while the fact is both of these regions were nothing but tiny chiefdoms sometimes under the control of Lhasa and at other times under Beijing.
A highlight of his job as a Parliamentarian is that he would raise issues without proper research. His investigation skill is weak and pathetic. Tibetans from all walks of life around the world completely rubbished his baseless allegation on Gaden Phodrang and the Nechung Chenmo, the official deity of CTA in the house. Moreover, the recent tour by Parliament member delegation to Canada, in which he was a member was demanded to cancel the tour as the people were not willing to receive him in goodwill.
During the tour, he was met with protests from Tibetans both in Canada and the US. The biggest joke of the event is that he was given bodyguards/thugs to shield him from the voters who were only demanding his accountability peacefully. His street thugs are on tape intimidating the people who had all the democratic right to question his irresponsibility in the house.
After he got elected in the 15th parliament, he bought a brand new white Nissan, and during this 16th parliament, he bought another brand new Suzuki Vitara, a much bigger car. Most of the monk MPs have bought second-hand cars, but his car is always new? Now the question is, ” Where does the fund come from?” Remember his only source of income is his salary which is Rs 33,000/- per month and he is not known for being wealthy at all. So how is it possible for a monk of little means to afford two cars worth over Rs 30 lakhs? Clear-Cut fund transparency is awaited. If the truth is on his side, would it then be hard to prove the allegation wrong once and for all with income tax papers? By the way, income tax officials in Shimla are reading this piece with keen interest.
In 1996 Rs 3300/- would evaporate from your wallet to enjoy just one weekend in McLeod Ganj. Now 22 years later would Rs 33,000/- be enough to enjoy a weekend because McLeod Ganj is an expensive tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh?
Does his baseless allegations in the parliament on His Holiness, Nechung oracle, Gaden Phodrang and CTA get him rewarded by CCP or Shugden faction?
After withdrawing his attack on Gaden Phodrang for witnessing the awarding of Songtsen Gampo award to Utsang chithue Dawa Tsering for his selfless service to his people and government for five decades, he had immediately written/published a disparaging article on Nechung on social media. Does this ring a bell? He, however, did not withdraw his words of insults on HH and Nechung Oracle in the parliament last March though,
When pressured by Karmapa recently, he appeared small and teary. So to do the last minute damage control he appealed in his letter to all sides to calm down, but not before this monk dared to put the blame squarely on those protesting his inflammatory provincial politics that is the very cause of division and hatred in our society. The damage is already done and his attempt to save his face on a white paper with black ink has failed.
Division along the provincial line is the greatest gift he is striving to present to his uncle China for long. However, are we as a people going to allow him to achieve his cancerous objective and silently witness our death and destruction?
Well, he is a bitchy melodramatic creature of Hindi TV serials and thrives on attention, but worst is his hateful, negative Khampa regionalism that is not only provoking regionalism in the highly inclusive and peaceful people of Utsang but also triggering the wildfire of Utsang political nationalism across the exile world.
If large scale violence erupts anytime anywhere in our community, nobody is responsible but him. If CTA disintegrates into three administrations, nobody is responsible but Tendra Yarphel who does not deserve “la” at all. If His Holiness dies soon, nobody is responsible but him and Khampas who indulge in regional politics of hate, lies, intimidation, and criminal threats that are inherently anti-Utsang and anti-Amdo.
A word of wisdom from Karmapa to Yarphel’s Kargyu or Dhotoe constituency can put an end to the career of this demon in monk’s robes. However, will Karmapa do it? Will the Khampas rise to this litmus test and listen to Karmapa? Moreover, that is the billion-dollar question on which rests the future of Tibetan unity and the fate of our independence struggle.
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