Dharamshala: The movement seeking "genuine
autonomy" to Tibet Autonomous Region from China will neither
end nor disappear after spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
transfers his authority to a elected leader though there will
be difficulties, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile said on Friday.
Prime Minister of Tibetan Government-in-Exile Samdhong
Rinpoche said though the leadership of the Dalai Lama cannot
be "substituted" by anyone, Tibetans have to find out a way to
take the political leadership of the movement without his
In an interaction with select Indian journalists a day
after the Dalai Lama announced his resignation, he said
Tibetans will neither "soften nor harden" their stand on the
issue of seeking "genuine autonomy" as provided in the Chinese
"Tibetan struggle shall have to continue as long as the
Tibetan people are there. In the absence of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama as political head, there will be difficulties and
setback. But the movement will neither end nor disappear," he
said in reply to questions about the Dalai Lama`s decision to
give up his political role.
"The leadership of His Holiness cannot be substituted...
but, he will not move away from the struggle. He cannot
disassociate himself (from the Tibetan movement)," he said.
On China`s reaction to the Dalai Lama`s announcement
yesterday, he refused to comment.
Rinpoche, who will relinquish office next month, said the
democratically-elected government of Tibetans in-exile will
continue to work for the development of the people.
Asked why the Chinese Government and Representatives of
the Dalai Lama have not met for the past one year, he said his
presumption was that Beijing is waiting for the elections to
end and they may engage with the new government.
He also made it clear that the Dalai Lama wants "genuine
autonomy" for the Tibetan region and is not seeking to "break
away from China."
"Genuine autonomy is sufficient to fulfill the aspirations
of the Tibetan people... We have been seeking autonomy since
1974. We don`t want to break away from the People?s Republic
of China," he said.
Expressing hope that the Tibetan issue will be resolved in
the lifetime of the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche said democratisation
of China is the key for resolving every issue concerning that
"China appears to be a strong nation. But in my opinion it
is the weakest nation in today`s world. There is no ground of
justice and truthfulness there. The totalitarian power
structure that suppresses the people`s right cannot last
longer. China will change and Tibet will get its rightful
place," he said.
He said the Tibetans have to continue their struggle with
an "unshaken commitment" to the cause through non-violence
which is "very powerful" than any other means.
"I am not afraid of the Chinese might. 60 years is not a
long period in a country`s history. India took 200 years to
regain her independence. We shall have to continue our
struggle with an unshaken commitment through non-violence," he
Asked whether the Tibetan Government-in-Exile expects more
support from the international community after the exit of the
Dalai Lama as political head, he said it is difficult to
expect more support as there is a competition among world
countries to appease China which is an "unlimited market" in
the current scenario.
The Prime Minister of the Government-in-Exile said he is
very much encouraged by the youth community residing inside
Tibet taking up the cause.
"Love for one`s land and culture cannot be destroyed by
force," he said.