December 15, 2010
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

His Holiness the
Dalai Lama clarifies statement on retirement
[Wednesday, 15 December 2010, 3:21 p.m.]


His
Holiness the Dalai Lama has clarified his recent statement on taking
complete retirement, saying that the call does not mean he will forget
about the Tibetan struggle.

 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking
to reporters in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India, on 14 December
2010/OHHDL
Photo

DHARAMSHALA: “More than 99 per cent of Tibetans
in and outside Tibet trust me, so I have the moral responsibility to
serve them. My call for complete retirement does not mean that I will
forget the Tibetan struggle. I am a Tibetan and every Tibetan has the
moral obligation to carry out our own struggle,” His Holiness told
reporters in Kalimpong yesterday. (watch
video)
His Holiness said some Tibetans living inside
Tibet express anxiety and confusion over his retirement plans. “I want
to hand over the ceremonial role such as signing of legislatures and
documents to the democratically elected leadership. But some Tibetans
inside Tibetan are anxious and confused that the Dalai Lama is now no
longer interested about the Tibetan struggle. No, it is not,” he said.He
reiterated that efforts to resolve the issue of Tibet would remain one
of his three commitments. He spoke about his efforts to bring
democratic reforms in Tibet before 1959 and later in exile.Since
my childhood I always admire the system of democracy. In 1952, I
started reform committee and some reforms were carried out. Then after
1959 while in exile we had set up own organisation set up as the Central
Tibetan Administration. We started the process of democratisation and
put in place elected political leadership in 2001.“I always tell
the elected Tibetan leadership to take full responsibility as if there
is no Dalai Lama and they are doing it,” he said.(Based on
report filed by Sheja Editor Kelsang Khudup from Kalimpong)

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