“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
September 11, 2010
The 2010 Chitue primary elections are less than three weeks away, but the chatter and focus has been almost exclusively on the Kalon Tripa election. The silence on the Chitue race in North America has been particularly deafening. This is unfortunate given that a long-standing demand of North American Tibetans for greater representation was recently granted when the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile voted to increase the allocation of seats for North America from one to two.
I can no longer remain a silent spectator and put up with our collective behavior bordering on complacency. This site, hurriedly put together, is my small way of saying I care and cherish this amazing right we have to elect our representatives. A right denied to our countrymen and women in Tibet by the Chinese government.
Let us, in the brief time we have, nominate and vote for candidates who will represent both the North American Tibetan community as well as our people and cause. We need representatives who can not only talk the talk but walk the walk. People with open minds, willing to take some risks, and think creatively.
I’m currently the President of the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC). However, the views expressed in this site and the people nominated are my own. A word on my nominations. These are people that I know personally and have had a chance to observe their commitment, smarts, and abilities both up close and from a distance. This site and my nominations will come as a suprise to them. However, it is my hope that a few of them will agree to put their names on the ballot. These nominees represent a diverse group and I have no doubt that any two of them will be a wonderful addition and will bring about much-needed change in our Parliament – the body whose power exceeds that of the Kalon Tripa.
Note: This site is a work in progress. Anyone interested in helping is most welcome.