Tibetan Leaders Struggle to Speak for Split Populace

The Christian Science Monitor looks at the split in the Tibetan exile community, between the Dalai Lama’s Central Tibetan Administration, and the Tibetan Youth Congress, which advocates a stronger pro-independence position:

Now, the government must struggle with how to bridge the growing generation gap, finding its own voice while also paying due reverence to the Dalai Lama, whom most Tibetans worship as a god.

It has successes upon which to build. Even critics praise its work on behalf of the Tibetan refugee community – managing 80 schools and 40 refugee settlements across South Asia as well as holding orderly elections on three continents.

But among the 110,000 Tibetan refugees worldwide – many of whom follow Dharamsala as their true government, though it is not recognized by any nation – the government-in-exile will be judged upon how it handles the Tibetan issue, where frustrations are mounting.

April 8, 2008 3:24 PM
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