CHANDIGARH: Prime Minister of the Tibetan-government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Friday announced a new multi-pronged strategy ‘Five-50’ to achieve autonomy for the people in Tibet. Meanwhile, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Friday cautioned the community against the negative campaigning that took place in the run up to the general elections of Tibetan-government-in-exile held earlier this year.
Lobsang Sangay on Friday took oath of office for his second term as Prime Minister of the Tibetan-government-in-exile at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. He said that he hoped that the Tibet issue would be resolved peacefully during the lifetime of the Dalai Lama. “In the next five years, it’s clear that we must put maximum efforts in achieving genuine autonomy for all Tibetans based on the middle-way approach. However, in case we have to continue our struggle for many years, we need to strategise in order to strengthen and sustain our cause for the next 50 years. We have to protect and preserve our unique Tibetan identity and tradition,” Sangay said.
He added, “Five-50 is a strategy for success. In five years, we can achieve genuine autonomy or in the next 50 years China will gradually change for the better. Either way, we will gain basic freedom. The middle-way approach neither seeks separation from the People’s Republic of China nor high degree of autonomy but genuine autonomy for all Tibetan people, under a single administration.’’
Urging Tibetan public to keep united, the Dalai Lama, while speaking at the swearing-in of Lobsang Sangay said, “The danger of regional and sectarian divide looms large during the elections. I was pained to see the degradation of morality and overtones of regional loyalty. It is very unfortunate. Unity of the three traditional provinces of Tibet is of primary importance. We have preserved our traditions over centuries and our culture is based on this unity. Therefore, we should do away with this warped sense of loyalty to regions and move on as one,’’ Dalai Lama added.
“There are some fringe elements within the community, who take pleasure in dividing the society on regional lines. I have worked wholeheartedly for the Tibetan cause for over 57 years,’’ he said.
He further called for a renewed emphasis on holistic education for Tibetan children. “There are over 1.5 lakh Tibetans in exile. We should not just be satisfied with a successful livelihood. We should focus on a holistic education of our children,” he said.
He said the most important aspect of the Tibetan movement should be to fulfil the aspirations of the majority of Tibetans, who continue to remain in Tibet.