Decision to quit to further democratise Tibetan society: Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama said his decision to pass on political authority to elected representatives was aimed at further democratising Tibetan society and had not resulted from any loss of hope in Tibet`s struggle for independence.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 23:51 PM IST

Dharamsala: The Dalai Lama on Friday said his decision to pass on political authority to elected
representatives was aimed at further democratising Tibetan
society and had not resulted from any loss of hope on his part
in Tibet`s struggle for independence.

In his brief speech at a ceremony organised here by the
Central Tibetan Administration to pray for his long life, the
spiritual leader said, he had taken the decision to devolve
formal authority not out of giving up or losing hope for
Tibet`s struggle but for the long-term benefit of the Tibetan
people.

He said his decision, which is aimed at further
democratising the Tibetan society, is being commended by the
international community and asked the Tibetan administration
in exile to explain this to people in Tibet whenever the
opportunity arises.

The ceremony was attended by Kalon Tripa (PM)-in-exile
Samdhong Rinpoche and the entire administrative staff which
prayed for the Tibetan spiritual leader`s long life and
pledged to work with greater dedication and sincerity to
fulfil his vision.

PTI