Tibetan Democracy One of Most Unique Systems: Dr. Sangay

The president of Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala,India is on a tour to United States and he delivered a prestigious lecture at a US University where he emphasized that the Tibetan democracy is one of the most unique and interesting democratic systems in thw whole world on Tuesday according to the official website of his administration.

“Tibetan democracy is multi-dimensional. Unlike most other democracies, it evolved as a top-down initiative while most other democracies were a down-up struggle. In fact, His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to politely refuse the Tibetan people’s request in 2010 and force his decision to fully democratise the Tibetan polity, which in itself is unusual.” told the Tibetan president at the 2018 Harold J. Berman Distinguished Lecture in Law and Religion at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Lobsang Sangay explained that the most important feature of democracy is the need for a state but Tibetan democracy is without a physical border or a state as well as no police forces to enforce the administrative decisions, all Tibetans around the world have followed its decisions without fail.

“As an exile administration, the Tibetan administration doesn’t have a state. The Tibetan refugee community is scattered across the world. So, when the Tibetan cabinet makes a decision, they send the notice to Tibetans around the world and it is followed by all, irrespective of the size of the Tibetan community in the place. You have to realise that we don’t have a police to enforce the decisions, nor do we punish anyone if the decisions are not followed and yet it is followed by all without fail.” he added according to the official report.

President of CTA, Dr. Sangay visited the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta and his official visit will also see a visit to Washington DC. He is scheduled to return to India on 17 April.

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