Traditional Tibetan Cultural dance performance by Artistes of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts on the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy at Tsuglakhang, Mcleod Ganj, 2 September 2018. Photo / Tenzin Jigme Taydeh / Tibet.Net
Today marks the 58th Tibetan Democracy Day. It is a day to commemorate and celebrate. Tibetans across the globe are celebrating this day by holding an event with the high spirit of unity.
As we look back to see Tibetan democratic transition, from a young age, His Holiness the Dalai Lama envisioned a modern democratic Tibetan society. When His Holiness was forced into exile, he made sure that a democratic system would be born in India. In late 1959, Tibetan leaders took the Great Oath (Na-gaen Thuwoche) in Bodh Gaya, pledging that under the leadership of His Holiness, the Tibetan movement would work with an iron-ball like unity.
On 2 September 1960, the first meeting of the Commission of Tibetan People’s Deputy (CTPD) was held with a total of 13 elected members from the three regions of Tibet and the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. later in 1963, Tibetan women representative were added to the 2nd Commission of Tibetan People’s Deputy. In 1977, a representative of Bon was added to the existing four Buddhist schools. At the end of the sixth Commission, it was renamed the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies (ATPD) and subsequently the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile after the adoption of the Charter of Tibetans-in-exile in 1991. With the formation of the Supreme Justice Commission in 1992, the three pillars of democracy were established.
On 20 August 2001, a major Tibetan democratic transition took place by electing Kalon Tripa Professor Samdhong Rinpoche. In 2011, His Holiness devolved his political power to a democratically elected leader Dr Lobsang Sangay, the incumbent President of Central Tibetan Administration. Today, the Central Tibetan Administration represents Tibetans in exile and reflects the aspirations of Tibetans inside Tibet.
Some glimpses of netizens’ reactions to the celebration of 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with Mr. Kunwar Bharatendra Singh, Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha and his wife. He is the Chief Guest for the celebration of 58th anniversary of Tibetan democracy day. Photo / Screengrab / @Tibet.Net / Facebook
CTA official Facebook page @TibetTV live broadcast the celebration of 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy, which receives 1 k likes and 14 k views. Photo / Screengrab / @TibetTV / Facebook
A Facebook user @JigmeTseringChagthug share pictures celebrating the 58th anniversary of the Tibetan democracy day at the main temple, Dharamshala. Photo / Screengrab / @JigmeTseringChagthug / Facebook
The official Facebook page of Sambhota Tibetan School in Manali @STsManali share pictures celebrating the 58th Tibetan Democracy Day at Palrabling Tibetan Settlement, Dobhi. Photo / Screengrab / @STsManali / Facebook
A Facebook user@TenzingYangzom writes:”Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting the humanist promise of balance. On this special occasion of the celebration of the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day, feeling blessed to be a part of it and proud of our rich culture.” Photo / Screengrab / @TenzingYangzom / Facebook
The English online news media @dailyworld tweets:”58th Tibetan Democracy Day with a picture.” Photo / Screengrab / @dailyworld / Twitter
CTA President @Drlobsangsangay tweets:”Celebrating the 58th anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day with Honourable Kunwar Bharatendra Singh as the chief guest.” Photo / Screengrab / @Drlobsangsangay / Twitter
A Twitterati @TENZINKUNGA tweets:”Tibetans in London UK to mark Tibetan Democracy Day with a historic #Tibet flag raising ceremony outside Walthamstow Assembly Hall.” Photo / Screengrab / @TENZINKUNGA / Twitter
A Twitterati @clara repost Kashag’s Statement on the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day. Photo / Screengrab / @clara / Twitter
A Twitterati@SarahLy repost Statement of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile on the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day. Photo / Screengrab / @SarahLy / Twitter