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Retirement of Dalai Lama poses a big challenge, says delegate from U.S.

Dharamshala , Tue, 24 May 2011 ANI

Dharamshala, May 24 (ANI): Pema C. Khangtetsang, a delegate from United States said the retirement of the Dalai Lama is a huge challenge, as he has been the leader of six million Tibetans for years.


Addressing a press conference to discuss amendments to the Charter on the devolution of the Dalai Lama's administrative power here on Monday, Khangtetsang. Said: ""It is a very big challenge because we have been entirely depending on his holiness the Dalai Lama for years, he has been religious and secular leader of six million Tibetans and especially in-exile, he led the Tibetan's exile community."


"We are trying to preserve our identity and culture and we have been able to do so just because of him. Now he is not taking the responsibility, he wants to retire now; we are seriously thinking how we would be able to function without him," he added.


Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in-Exile, said that they are looking forward to a new draft proposal proposed by the Charter Amendment Drafting Committee.


"All the delegates in the conference have been deliberating on the preamble and Article no. 1 that has been proposed by the Charter Amendment Drafting Committee to be inserted a new in the charter and we have secretaries of each of the working groups to preset their collective views and right now the drafting committee is working on synthesising all the outputs of these working groups," said Tsering.


In March 2011, the Dalai Lama had sent a letter to the Tibetan Parliament in-exile saying that he wanted to devolve his political powers and advised to have a meeting as soon as possible to work out the necessary changes in the charter.


The delegates present consisted of officials of Tibetan Administration, members of Parliament, the existing and the recently elected lawmakers.


There are also representatives of Tibetan communities from different Tibetan settlements both in India as well as from abroad. (ANI)


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