DHARAMSALA (January 14, 2011) – Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong said Thursday Tibetans living inside Tibet should not worry about His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s retirement plan, saying “His Holiness had clearly said he would continue to work for the cause of Tibet”. Kalon Tripa was speaking to a large gathering of over 1,800 Tibetans who have come from Tibet to receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Sarnath.
Kalon Tripa said His Holiness the Dalai Lama had spoken about taking complete retirement from the administrative work of the Central Tibetan Administration in exile in March this year. The Tibetans living inside Tibet expressed their deep concerns over his remarks, he added.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recently clarified his statement on retirement during his visit to Sikkim and Kalimpong. He made it clear that except some changes in his day to day administrative obligations, he would never dis-associate from the Tibetan people as 99 percent of them pin their hope and faith in him. He said he would continue to work for the cause of Tibet,” Kalon Tripa said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama clarified his retirement December 15, 2010. The statement said it would be a “complete retirement,” but that it does not mean he will forget about the Tibetan struggle.
In the release, His Holiness said some Tibetans living inside Tibet express anxiety and confusion over his retirement plans.
“I want to hand over the ceremonial role such as signing of legislatures and documents to the democratically elected leadership. But some Tibetans inside Tibetan are anxious and confused that the Dalai Lama is now no longer interested about the Tibetan struggle. No, it is not,” he said.
He reiterated that efforts to resolve the issue of Tibet would remain one of his three commitments. He spoke about his efforts to bring democratic reforms in Tibet before 1959 and later in exile.
Since my childhood I always admire the system of democracy. In 1952, I started reform committee and some reforms were carried out. Then after 1959 while in exile we had set up own organisation set up as the Central Tibetan Administration. We started the process of democratisation and put in place elected political leadership in 2001.
“I always tell the elected Tibetan leadership to take full responsibility as if there is no Dalai Lama and they are doing it,” he said.