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Dalai Lama vows to fight for Tibetan cause till the end

September 3, 2010

Sify (India)
September 1, 2010

Dharamshala (PTI) -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said
he would continue to fight for the Tibetan cause till the end but in
a different capacity.

"I am 76 now. The responsibility should be taken over in a spirit as
if I am no longer present. I will continue working for Tibet till I
die, but in a different capacity where I will be good and most
efficient," the Tibetan temporal head said in response to appeals by
his community to continue his leadership.

The Dalai Lama made the remarks on Tuesday at the Sera monastery,
Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement here.

He was responding to a resolution passed at the first Tibetan
National General Meeting, that appealed to him to continue his
leadership and not to consider retirement from his position as the
leader of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause.

The Tibetan leader mentioned his "inevitable" absence in due course
and that he is already in a state of semi-retirement.

"One day, I will retire from all present responsibilities in the
exile government. In our Tibetan democracy, it is not a necessity
that I should be present," said the Tibetan leader.

In an expression that suggested gradual transfer of all
responsibility and power to Prime Minister-in-Exile (Kalon Tripa), he
went on to suggest that important documents of the exile government
should seek Tripa's signature.

Advocating the middle path, he said it was the most practical and
also beneficial to both the Tibetan and Chinese sides.

On September 2, Tibetans will commemorate the 50th founding
anniversary of Tibetan democracy, during which their Parliament will
honour the Dalai Lama with a Golden Seal" for leading the Tibetan
freedom struggle and for establishing democracy in Tibetan polity.

Over 30 Tibetan Parliament members from 14 different countries,
legislators of Karnataka and local dignitaries will attend the event
which will also see the launch of a new version of the Central
Tibetan Administration's Chinese language website.

The site features the Dalai Lama's biography, his efforts on
promotion of human values, religious harmony, besides Tibet's
history, culture, language and religion.
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