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Kashag’s Statement on the Occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Seventy-Sixth Birthday Celebration

July 06, 2011

On this very auspicious occasion of the seventy-sixth birthday of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Kashag, on behalf of all Tibetans
in and outside Tibet, would like to offer our heartfelt greetings
and at the same time single-mindedly beseech Your Holiness to
remain with us to dispel the suffering of all human beings and
especially to guide the Tibetans as long as possible.
Today is a special day not only for the Tibetans but for people all
over the world for whom a new champion of world peace was
discovered. Taking this opportunity, the Kashag would like to offer
our warm greetings to people all over world in general and
particularly those who offer their support and stand in solidarity
with Tibet and Tibetans.
Throughout his entire life, His Holiness has been tirelessly
working for the welfare of the Tibetan people and when Communist
China violently annexed and occupied Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama was forced to come into exile to protect Tibet and her rich
cultural heritage, including the Buddha dharma. In exile, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama led more than 100,000 Tibetans and
rehabilitating them in settlements and building various
institutions to preserve Tibetan culture and religion. His Holiness
has also established many schools where the younger generation of
exile Tibetans can get opportunities to study both modern and
traditional education.
For over half a century, His Holiness the Dalai Lama widely
travelled all over the world to speak and promote the principles of
peace and compassion. As a result the Buddha dharma has spread to
many parts of the globe and won the support of many people and
nations, which helped sustain the issue of Tibet alive on the
global forum. The just cause of Tibet has become an issue of
interest and many stand in solidarity with Tibet. Moreover, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama has abandoned the idea of victory for
oneself and defeat for the other and initiated the principle of the
Middle Way Approach to resolve the issue of Tibet, which has won
overwhelming majority support from the Tibetans inside and in
Diaspora. This has also led to an increasing number of truth- and
peace-loving people and nations around the world to clearly see
that the issue of Tibet is a just cause and that the Chinese
Communist authorities' position is wrong.
In exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has also introduced
democratic process with the establishment of democratic
institutions such as the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, ratification
of the Charter for Tibetans-in-Exile and the election of Kalon
Tripa directly through popular people’s vote.  As the Tibetan
people have more understanding of the democratic process and
inculcate a higher level of democratic culture, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama has recently devolved all his powers to an elected
Tibetan leadership, which was the first time that such a historic
step has been taken in Tibetan history. These are some of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama’s innumerable and immense achievements.
On this extraordinary day, the Kashag would wish to gratefully
thank and remember the visionary steps that His Holiness the Dalai
Lama took in the democratization of the Tibetan polity and
devolving all his powers to the elected Tibetan leadership, which
will represent the six million Tibetans living in and outside Tibet
and has empowered the elected leaders to continue to work hard. His
Holiness the Dalai Lama’s democratization of the Tibetan polity has
given the Tibetans the opportunity to make the issue of Tibet more
global and strengthened the legitimacy of the exile administration.
However, a few people in our community, who are not satisfied with
His Holiness the Dalai Lama devolving all his powers, still
continue to criticize him without recognizing and respecting his
tireless work for Tibet and the Tibetans. Taking democratic rights
as an excuse, these people, who do not have to shoulder any
responsibility and who are devoid of any principle and moral
values, use their glib tongues to express their dissatisfaction. It
is clear that these are aimed neither to improve the democratic
culture nor for the welfare of society or for the improvement of
Tibetan political discourse. And the fact that the society at large
ignores these unjustified criticisms without challenging nor to
responding to them is a sign that, perhaps, our collective merit is
exhausted.
On this special occasion, the 13th Kashag nearing its completion of
term of office would like to pay our respect to the Tibetan people
and at the same time would like to remind you the following.
At this time when important changes are taking place in Tibetan
political system, the exile community by abandoning regionalism and
sectarianism, and by following democratic principles took active
part and succeeded in electing a well-qualified new Kalon Tripa
with immense majority support. This is a matter of pride and
happiness as it signifies the unity among the Tibetans and it shows
their political maturity. The Kashag would like to urge the
Tibetans to uphold their spirit and determination by not being
deterred by these political changes and His Holiness the Dalai
Lama’s devolution of all his powers, and should further work hard
to carry forward the empowerment of Tibetan polity.
Regarding the Sino-Tibetan dialogue, we have made our stand clear
through the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People
and Note on the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan
People. Thus from our side there is nothing new to add. However, it
seems that the present leadership of the People’s Republic of China
has no desire to give any meaningful consideration of our
Memorandum and its Note. But from our side, we have a firm
determination to continue the dialogue process. Moreover, we have
already formulated a clear stand and a firm base to carry forward
the dialogue in accordance with any future change that may take
place in the People’s Republic of China.
In our continued effort towards the welfare of exile Tibetans and
specifically the education and the future direction of the younger
generation, many programmes regarding further improvements of the
settlements are being carried out and the Basic Education Policy
was introduced. Though these may have produced some positive
results, there are many other programmes where we have not
satisfactorily succeeded as we had wished. However, we have no
regret on our part for we tried and worked our level best. The
Central Tibetan Administration managed to overcome our critical
financial problems and presently the administration is self-reliant
in terms of its basic needs.
Due to recent political situation in Nepal, the Central Tibetan
Administration has not been able to provide necessary support or to
look after the welfare of the Tibetans living there. We are also
deeply concerned and yet helpless that the Representative could not
be appointed nor the Tibetan Welfare Association was able to
register.  Even our desperate efforts to relocate Tibetan in Nepal
to other places in order to downsize the population was miserably
failed. Of late we have appointed a Nepalese citizen as a
voluntarily liaison for the Tibetans, and we hope that he can solve
some of the immediate problems that Tibetans living there face. We
request the Tibetans there to cooperate with him as and when needed
in accordance with local situation.
Since 2008, many brave and determined Tibetans in Tibet have
carried out a series of non-violent campaigns. Particularly in the
last few months, many people in Kirti Monastery and in several
places including Kardze have selflessly taken part in peaceful
protests. We stand in solidarity with them and pay our heartfelt
tribute to them. And we pray for the immediate release of all those
who are imprisoned and those who are being persecuted.
As the immediate and the ultimate wellbeing of all Tibetan people
depends upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his long life is the sole
basis of the Tibetan people’s welfare. It is a matter of immense
happiness for us that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has time and
again accepted to have a long life. Furthermore, recently when the
civil servants of the Central Tibetan Administration presented a
long-life offering, the state oracle envisaged that His Holiness
the Dalai Lama was promised to live till the age of 113. However,
the state oracle stated that it depends upon the deeds and conduct
of the Tibetan people. Thus, the Kashag would like to urge all
Tibetans to engage in actions that will not breach the wishes of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and at the same time to work hard in
preserving our traditional values.
Finally, the Kashag prays for the long life of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and the immediate fulfilment of all his wishes. May the
just cause of Tibet prevail soon!

Note: This is the English translation. Should any discrepancy
arise, the Tibetan version should be considered the final
authority.

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