Dharamshala: The Central Tibetan Administration held a memorial service this afternoon to mourn the demise of Phunrab Lobsang Dhargyal, the first Chief Justice Commissioner of the then Tibetan Government-in-Exile.
Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Officiating Sikyong Tharlam Dolma Changra (Education Kalon), Deputy Speaker Dolma Tsering Teykhang, Justice Commissioner Tenzin Lungtok, Security Kalon Dolma Gyari, Heads of the three Autonomous bodies, Secretaries, senior officials and the civil servants of the CTA attended the memorial service.
Following a brief biography of the deceased by Cabinet Secretary Tsegyal Chukya Dranyi, the Officiating Sikyong Kalon Tharlam Dolma Changra expressed her condolences to the family. She remembered the late Phunrab Lobsang Dhargyal’s contribution to the Tibetan community and the impact he had made during the course of over 30 years of his service to the cause of Tibet.
Phunrab Lobsang Dhargyal was also a member of the First Fact-Finding Delegation to Tibet in 1979.
The former CTA official passed away on Thursday, 23 November in Dharamshala at the age of 86.
Brief bio of Phunrab Lobsang Dhargyal
Lobsang Dhargyal was born in Lhasa in 1937. He worked Drakyap Rinpoche, the 14th reincarnation of Ka-dam Geshe Potowa Rinchen, and escaped with him to India in 1959. He studied English in Kalimpong while teaching Tibetan to other students. He accompanied Drakyab Rinpoche to the Lugsum Samdupling camp in Bylakuppe in 1963, where he led education programs for adults in the centre for the next six years. During that time, he became a board member of the Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives India Ltd and later served as its secretary.
In 1969, Dhargyal was elected to the 4th Commission of Tibetan People’s Deputies (CTPD) – the former name for the Tibetan Parliament in exile, in the first three terms as the representative of U-Tsang Province. By the 6th CTPD, he was elected as the Vice-Chairman. In 1979, he served as a member of the first fact-finding delegation to Tibet. In the following decades, he served in various positions in the Tibetan administration in exile, including Secretary, Cabinet Minister, and Chief Justice Commissioner. After serving for 10 years as the Chief Justice Commissioner, he retired in 2002.