Correcting misinformation spread by the anti-Dalai Lama Protesters

2014 Statement by Dept of Security Kalon on Dolgyal (in Tibetan/བོད་སྐད་དུ)

[English transcript]

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Honorable Members of this Parliament for their emphatic appeals and opinions on Resolution no. 22, which we spent almost the entire day discussing today. In particular, since the issue concerns the Department of Security, I have tried to take note of all the opinions concerning the issue of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s security, though I am not going to discuss the plans regarding the matter. Honorable Members of this Parliament are well aware of the Dolgyal issue. However, given the growing attention towards this medium (the Parliamentary Session) among the masses, I will try my best to clarify certain, prominent issues. I will not speak about the nature and history of Dolgyal as many Honorable Members of this Parliament have already spoken about it.

Since 1996, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has openly advised against  propitiating Dolgyal although he has never prohibited its practice; nevertheless, restrictions were imposed. You are all well aware of the incidents that have happened since 1996. Two resolutions were also passed on this issue in that same year. Following His Holiness’s advice on Dolgyal during the annual Spring teaching, Dolgyal followers established the Dorje Shugden Devotees Charitable and Religious Society in Delhi and subsequently harassed and threatened violence against many individuals, monasteries, organizations and Tibetan settlements.

In particular (as far as I can remember) on May 27, 1996 they set fire to the barn of the Gaden Jangtse monastery and attempted to kill Venerable Wangyal, a former abbot of the Jangtse College by pouring kerosene over him. A personal testimony of this can be seen in video documentaries. Almost two months later on July 3, 1996 some men broke into Kasur Kundeling Woeser Gyaltsen’s residence in Rajpur and assaulted him with a knife; he was subsequently hospitalized. In his interview later, the late Kundeling revealed exactly where these assailants came from and for what purpose.

In February 1997, the Director of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and two of his students were brutally murdered in Dharamsala. The local Police Commissioner later told the media that the murderers came from Delhi.All these incidents can be seen in newspapers and video documentaries, I request you all to pay attention to them.

At the request of the Indian Government, Interpol also issued a Red Notice for the two men suspected of the murder; the Red Notice is still on their website. All these statements by local law-enforcement bodies and international agencies are genuine and legitimate, and justify the Tibetan Administration’s allegation against the Dolgyal group [as being responsible] for the incident.

On September 10, 2000 an incident occurred in the Mundgod Tibetan Settlement. On learning that the Dolgyal group intended hosting a meeting in Mundgod, a group of local Tibetans gathered in front of Dokhang Khangtsen of Gaden Shartse Monastery to appeal [to the authorities] that they should not host the meeting. However, they were attacked with stones and bricks from the roof of the monastery. Many of them were injured and all of these can be seen in pictorial evidence.

A similar incident occurred in Sera Monastery where a group of local Tibetans were beaten up on their way to appeal [to authorities] not to host any meetings of the Dolgyal group in Serpom Monastery.  A pregnant woman was also allegedly beaten up, although this incident has not been documented anywhere.

A teacher of Sera-Mey Monastery was similarly brutally beaten because Dolgyal supporters did not like his teachings on the Dolgyal issue. In a similar manner, a Geshe of Gaden Jangtse Monastery who had been a member of the local Tibetan Freedom Movement Association (Rangden Tsokchung) for many years and Sera-Jey’s official in-charge of scholarship and its Identity Card Department was also brutally beaten.

On October 19 in Bylakupee, the settlement officer of Deckyi Larso Settlement and his wife were brutally beaten and the roof of their residence damaged. All of this was covered by the local news media and the local Indian investigating officer confirmed [the validity of] this account of this incident. I am mentioning these just to remind you.

Undoubtedly, besides these incidents,  many other things have happened. For instance, after the assassination of the Director of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, a circular purportedly issued from Bylakupee and addressed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama was received. The circular threatened: “Did you enjoy eating the three carcasses at the time of Losar? You will be treated to many more carcasses if you continue the present practice.”

The Indian Government is well aware of the threat the Dolgyal group poses to the safety of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There have also been instances of Kalon’s [ministers] of the Tibetan Administration being stalked, and issued with warnings and threatening letters.

Needless to say, one can see that their activities are much in line with the very nature of Dolgyal, which is to harm. They have made many false allegations against the Tibetan Administration in the past and they continue to do so currently. Some of the Honorable Members of this Parliament (being there at the time of these incidents) gave very effective accounts of these incidents for which I would like to express my gratitude.

They have alleged that they are being discriminated against but discrimination over what? They have alleged denial of their religious freedom. But is this related to religion or freedom? They have alleged that the children of Dolgyal propitiators were thrown out of  Tibetan schools and offices and that they were not given any medical care in Tibetan hospitals. On the website of the so-called ‘Western Shugden Society’, they alleged that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration were responsible for the incident involving Chonzelak of Trijang Labrang in Mundgod Tibetan Settlement in December 2013.

Honorable Speaker, even if it takes time, taking advantage of this medium I wish to clarify exactly what the Tibetan Administration has done with regard to this issue, although I am not sure I can cover everything.

The allegation of children of Dolgyal propitiators being thrown out of Tibetan schools is totally without substance. In fact, the children of Jampel Yeshi, the President of the Dolgyal Society in Delhi, remained enrolled at that same time at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School in lower Dharamsala. They were neither expelled nor did anyone ask them to leave. Though the President himself withdrew his children from the school two years later, this was nevertheless not due to any pressure from the Tibetan Administration. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from school but I am sure the children had nothing in their mind [with regard to Dolgyal]. [If valid,] their allegations could be validated on the basis of the fact that the TCV School and some other schools function under the direct administrative control of the Tibetan Administration.

However, the offices of the Tibetan Children’s Village, the Tibetan Homes Foundation and the Central Tibetan Schools Administration (which runs all the schools for Tibetans funded by the Government of India) all issued written denials stating that not a single child had been expelled from their schools on the grounds that their parents propitiated Dolgyal. One can see these statements in the books published by the Department of Information and International Relations and the Department of Religion and Culture. Perhaps these books are scarce nowadays but they contain detailed explanations of these matters and I urge you to examine them.

In a similar way, they accuse the Tibetan Administration of discriminating against Dolgyal followers with regard to monastic enrollment. In 2007, sixteen young Tibetans arrived in Dharamsala from Tibet. They admitted their propitiation of Dolgyal and said they could not abandon this as their parents had advised them not to. Moreover, they insisted that they be sent to [Gelug] monasteries. One might think such decisions are made by the Tibetan Administration [which they are not. Actually,] the Dolgyal group have nothing to support their claims, they are also not even in a position to issue their names.Whatever the truth may be, they accused the Tibetan Administration of not allowing them to enroll in the monasteries. It is certainly true that they could not be enrolled into these monasteries because the Charter of the Monastic Discipline of the Gelugpa Sect (Chapter 4, Article 12: Section 7) categorically states that all new entrants must not propitiate Dolgyal. This Charter was adopted during the conference of abbots and representatives of the great monastic seats of the Gelug under the chairmanship of the Gaden Throne Holder and the Sharjang Choeje.

The Central Tibetan Administration has no authority to act against the Charter of the Gelug sect and enroll Dolgyal propitiators in Gelugpa monasteries. Every organization has its own rules and conditions and we  respect them. The other schools of Tibetan Buddhism have nothing to do with this and so they have not passed any such regulations. There are no instances of interrogation or discrimination on the basis of Dolgyal propitiation in the other schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

After considering the matter carefully, the Tibetan Administration expressed its inability to send them to Gelug monasteries and advised them to join schools to avail themselves of more opportunities.They remained at the Reception Centre for many days and then went on to join TCV Suja School and Sherab Gatseling School. Sadly however, they did not stay there for long. Eventually, in their applications to the Reception Center, they wrote they would rather go back to Tibet if they were unable to gain admission to the monastery here; they also asked for their travel expenses [back to Tibet]. This was fully agreed upon by the Tibetan Administration. The Tibetan Administration has always made clear that it will not object to anyone who wishes to return to Tibet and will provide their travel expenses if requested.

The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration issued a directive on February 17, 2007, following which the Tibetan Administration has not issued any referral letters to Dolgyal followers for their enrollment in Gelugpa monasteries. This is quite true.

Similarly, they  alleged the Tibetan Administration has not issued letters of support for Dolgyal followers and their family members to apply for travel documents, which is false. Dakpa Gyaltsen (also known as “Geshe Chime Tsering”), the so-called Secretary of the Dolgyal Society in Delhi, was issued with a supporting letter when his travel document (IC) expired. He subsequently acquired a travel document and now lives abroad. Likewise, on what documents did the members of Ganden Nyen Gyud Monastery (who are very active on Mangthrod Khabda [‘Tibetan Public Talk’-a Chinese-backed Youtube channel] travel in order to reach the U.S.A., despite their claims to have “received asylum” because of Dolgyal issue? When Jampel Yeshi’s wife emigrated to the West under the Family Reunification Program, her travel document (IC) was issued by the Indian Government with a supporting letter from the Tibetan Administration. The Tibetan Administration has therefore not discriminated against anyone over the issuing of documents and such allegations are completely baseless. It has been said that the Tibetan Administration has remained silent over all these allegations. However if one pays attention, we have aptly responded against these baseless allegations whenever required to do so. ‘Those who aren’t attentive will always hang in the middle’. I sought this opportunity today because this medium is closely observed by the masses and especially because of the significant attention over the resolution that has been passed today. People must be watching this at the cost of their sleep and therefore, I felt it very important to tell them [about the realities of the situation].

Likewise, they have accused the Tibetan Administration of discrimination and withholding medical care. If they can name a single person who has been denied medical care by the Department of Health for their beliefs, then we can definitely investigate the matter [However, they have not]There is no such instance of discrimination. They have also accused the Tibetan Administration of dismissing Dolgyal followers from government jobs. If they could name a single person who was dismissed, we could see how he or she was dismissed.[Again, they have not.]

It is not the sole domain of the Kashag to dismiss civil servants of the Central Tibetan Administration. The Charter of the Tibetans-in-Exile provides for the institution of an independent body with its own rules and conditions for the dismissal of civil servants. If any civil servant commits a crime, it is only on the basis of an investigation carried out by such an investigating committee that he or she can be penalized. Who has been dismissed for following Dolgyal? There are over 600 civil servants serving in the Tibetan Administration and none of them has ever been harassed under any circumstances for propitiating Dolgyal. Let me also make it clear that there is not a single civil servant in the Central Tibetan Administration who propitiates Dolgyal.

If propitiation of Dolgyal forms a basis for dismissal from a government job, should it not also be a requisite for the recruitment of new staff? However there is no such condition as the door is open for any Tibetan to work for the CTA. Particularly so in the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (a platform which is even more important), I don’t think there is any such condition that bars any Dolgyal follower from becoming a member of Parliament. Parliament is a law-making body and nothing whatsoever prevents them from making such laws. As a matter of fact, some people are of the view that such laws should be created but no such laws have been made by the Tibetan Administration. Any eligible Tibetan can rightfully become a member of the Tibetan Parliament. In fact, one could contest for parliamentary election and speak from this very platform. Therefore, there are no instances of discrimination or partiality by the Administration.

Similarly, they accuse us of discrimination over the issue of land and housing. Honorable Members of Parliament, who are well aware of the situation on the ground, clearly spoke about it.In keeping with the principles of the Dharma and the Vinaya, ‘the mouth was distinguished from the moustache’ during the proceeding of Tsulshing [‘Stick throwing’- a monastic form of democratic referendum] in Gelugpa monasteries in 2008. Nobody was asked to leave the monastery; it was in fact left for the monks to decide where they wished to live. As was said earlier, it is true that a small number of people continue to live [in Gelug monasteries] with numerous rights. At present, there are the so-called Shar Gaden Nampar Gyalwayling and Serpom Khangtsen monasteries in Mundgod and Bylakupee respectively, [populated by Shugden devotee monks] who are living on the lands provided by the Indian Government at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan Administration has never asked them to leave the land. If they voluntarily decide to leave, they are free to do so. There is no prohibition from the Tibetan Administration but rather there are words of appreciation. During the meeting of Tibetan Settlement Officers last year, a clear directive was issued that everyone is equally entitled to the rights enshrined and this directive still remains valid. There is no discrimination regarding this issue.

Recently, on the website of the so-called “Western Shugden Society”, they released news (along with pictures) of the attack on Chonzelak of Thrijang Labrang and accused His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Administration of being responsible for the attack. If their allegations are legitimate, we live in a free and lawful nation of India; they should have accordingly informed the police about the incident; however they did not. But since the incident happened with a person under the jurisdiction of Mundgod Tibetan Settlement Office, the Settlement Officer informed the local police and requested a thorough investigation. Eventually, the police summoned the local heads and representatives of the Settlement and the monks of Shar Gaden who were involved. Due to his advancing age, Chonzelak requested that the investigation continue without having him to come in person. Unwilling to say anything on this matter, the monks of [Shugden monastery]Shar Gaden issued a written statement in which they called off the investigation under the pretext of ‘social stability’.If this attack was carried out under the direction of the Central Tibetan Administration, the police should have been duly informed. For what reason did they not inform the police? There is a lot of speculation about this and it becomes very important that people are informed about the reality. This issue and related matters are taken care of by the Tibetan Administration. If a large section of youth is misled about this issue, through this platform, it is imperative we appeal to everyone to pay attention. Meanwhile, between the mid 1990s and 2000, they have resorted to violent acts similar to those carried out by terrorists such as intimidation, beating and even murdering people. In recent times, these tactics have definitely undergone changes. manifesting in a sophisticated manner. Even then they do not see the possibility of making their base in India, a country with the rule of law. In recent times, many books are being delivered by misusing media channels, including social media. A disinformation campaign has been carried out via media channels, [employing tactics] such as the release of a book entitled “The False Dalai Lama”.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently said in South India that the Indian and US Governments had informed him of the threats to his security from the  Dolgyal organization. Dolgyal propitiators have alleged that this is a lie and that they don’t pose any threat to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and even that the Indian Government would not profess such things. They further queried [if this were true] why many Dolgyal propitiators had managed to get asylum in the US. To back up their allegations with evidence and to convince the public, they also alleged that the recent fencing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence had nothing to do with them and it was done in view of the bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya in 2013.

Everyone knows about the level of security the Indian Government has provided His Holiness the Dalai Lama with since he shifted his residence to Mcleod Ganj. Following the murder of a teacher at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in 1997, the Indian Government carried out thorough assessments. Indian security officials subsequently made a recommendation on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s security that there should be a 10-12 feet fence with approximately six feet of wall and four feet of iron fencing atop around his residence.

These measures were taken in view of the Dolgyal-related incidents. Due to the high cost of building the fence and since this is something which is not even in His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s mind, we requested that something slightly less tall but with four feet of iron fencing atop be built. Finally, after concerns arising from their investigation and the refusal of security officials to take any risks, we had to appeal to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. That iron fencing was built in 1997 and all of you must have seen it during your recent visit to the Tsuglagkhang (Main Temple). In 2013 our administration, at its own expense, put barbed wire atop the fencing; we didn’t feel the need to seek the Indian Government’s support for such small matters. Therefore, I want to make it clear that the claims made by the Dolgyal organization on the [Chinese supported Youtube channel,] “Mangthrod Khabda” [“Tibetan Public Talk”] are baseless.

Moreover, since the matter is concerned with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s security, there shouldn’t be any ambiguity. In every country, the security apparatus of dignitaries are reviewed from time to time. As you know, the Government of India has issued a written notice concerning the threat posed by Dolgyal organizations to the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is also clearly mentioned in the Government of India’s notices and documents whenever His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits different places in India. Whenever His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits a country, its government takes responsibility for his security. Since His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides in India, the Government of India discusses the security procedures it puts in place for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in view of perceived threats with us. Similarly, the US Government has made it clear His Holiness the Dalai Lama is under threat from Dolgyal organizations.

The US Government’s position was confirmed ed after its intelligence officials found a man had carried out a reconnaissance mission on an underground parking lot at the hotel where His Holiness the Dalai Lama was staying in Minnesota on the first day of the Tibetan New Year. The man himself confessed to this, though we weren’t aware of it. The US Government knew this because it was vigilant about these dangers. So, the misleading statement that there is no threat to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s security is false. The US Government has not only said that the threat exists; it has substantial knowledge of it.

Likewise, on [the issue of] religious freedom, they also claim authoritarian rule but they are lying. However, there is no need to respond to every allegation. In fact, honorable Members of this Parliament have earlier made it clear that this issue has nothing to do with the religious freedom. Nevertheless, it is imperative we make it clear that in 1996, 1997 and 2000 His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised that those who propitiate Dolgyal should not attend his initiations, which traditionally require the establishment of a teacher-student relationship. All of us have seen the actions of Dolgyal organizations and how they have responded to the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama today says that those who propitiate Dolgyal should not even attend his [sutra] teachings and the Tibetan Administration also makes the same announcements. It is not that they can attend the teachings but not initiations. This is to make it clear that it is also not appropriate to attend the [sutra level] teachings.

Dolgyal followers have not only disseminated their allegations via publications but have also complained to human rights organizations such as Amnesty International. Petitions were sent to India’s Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Home Minister and the National Human Rights Commission. After carrying out thorough and impartial probes, all  these agencies rejected the petitions, stating the allegations had nothing to do with religious freedom. Complaints about the 16 students mentioned earlier were also made to India’s National Human Rights Commission, who sent their reply to the complainants as well as a copy to the Tibetan Reception Centre.

The National Human Rights Commission’s Law Division made its position very clear in its reply dated December 19, 2007. In their recent petitions to the Indian Prime Minister and officials, Dolgyal organizations have argued that they are not as they were portrayed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in south India; Indian security officials must be laughing with regard to such claims. The truth of the matter is as I mentioned earlier. [Ministers should] take note of the books and articles about Dolgyal written by foreigners so that they can have a better, clearer understanding of this matter. They have misled those who were ignorant about this issue and [consequently] the latter have joined them. I hope these issues can now be seen in a clearer light.

There is no need for me to explain the present situation regarding the relationship between Dolgyal worshippers and the Chinese Government because those who watch Mangtroe Khada (the Chinese backed news programme) are aware how the former dared to say they have relations with the Chinese Government and, at their invitation, regularly visit the Chinese embassy and attend receptions during the visits of senior Chinese officials. Therefore this is fact. In 2012 and 2013 how many members of the North American Gelug Buddhist Association went to Tibet and China;how well were they received? What comes to our notice is that on the one hand, they say there is support for Dolgyal amongst the Tibetans inside Tibet, but that they also need security protection to visit Tibet. This could be the Chinese Government’s honouring of their agents, but we are yet to get any credible evidence to confirm this. There are reports that some Dolgyal followers attended the People’s Congress of Tibet Autonomous Region. Whether or not this is true, it is clear for everyone to see that amongst PCTAR members there are lamas and members of Dolgyal organizations.

Similarly, in order to use them, some Dolgyal followers in Tibet are being taken on tour [by the Chinese Government] to Europe and America.. For instance, on World Human Rights Day on December 10, 2012 in New York, Dolgyal followers announced that they would organize press conferences in order to accuse His Holiness the Dalai Lama for denying them religious freedom. As you must have seen, these people sat in a row with not a single person or journalist before them. Their empty words were then relayed via video. Likewise, in December 2013, they also went to the UN office in New York and submitted a petition. They also suggested they would be sitting on hunger strike to fight their cause.

So, if I have not misunderstood what honourable Members of this Parliament have suggested, these are asking whether the CTA can find a way to solve the problem through dialogue with Dolgyal followers. Maybe I have misunderstood. But we don’t think like this [i.e., in a non-conciliatory manner]. From the very beginning, successive concerned Kalons (Ministers) and Secretaries, during their visits to the Tibetan Settlements, held a series of meetings with a group of 20-30 people from the so-called “Dorje Shugden Devotees” Charitable and Religious Society’ to advise them. Nowadays, his situation no longer exists and we feel don’t feel the need to repeat it. If there is a need for it then they should not act in the way they are currently behaving. So it is important to understand this and to not to believe whatever they suggest in their propaganda.

Their activities have been causing both insult and the degeneration of Buddhism. For example, a so-called new Khadampa tradition has now been established in South East Asian countries and their followers have violated Buddhist principles by changing the traditional color of a monk’s robes to green. Hundreds of them openly work for this ‘new’ so-called Kadampa tradition. If they are true followers of the Kadampa tradition, there is a standard rule for wearing a Buddhist robe. But they are doing whatever comes to mind, with complete disregard for these rules and to make as much money as possible. We consider these as deplorable acts.

As we all may have seen, unable to bear the pain caused by the recent Lamrim teachings in South India, they have resorted to making baseless statements on Mangtroe Khada. Why do they feel such pain? Their false claim of Dolgyal as the protector of the Gelug tradition was exposed by the three great monasteries and other Gelug monasteries in south India; who are the real protectors of the tradition?

The claims that His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s main aim [at that time] was to launch the book on Dolgyal, under the pretext of giving a Lamrim teaching is a complete fabrication. We really express our appreciation of Gelug Tendag Lhentsog, the International Buddhist Association and others for their voluntarily undertaking this responsibility and for their work, which is needed for the sake of historical record. It has served its purpose if it has struck where it hurts. No matter how much they try to mislead the public and hold their protests, their effect will be like the flutter of a fly’s wing that cannot affect a mountain. Everyone has to be aware of this.

Concerning His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s security, as I stated earlier, Dolgyal is the biggest threat to his security and to Tibetan unity. The current US visit is different from the earlier ones as it was lengthy, with programmes in different places. There was a meeting with the US President and members of Congress. Overall, it went very well. People expressed strong opinions on the incident that occurred at the hotel in California. Nearly two hours after that incident took place, someone phoned me as I am related with security. I also checked the Internet though I don’t know how to use it. Then I immediately contacted those responsible in California and they explained why there was negligence. A series of discussions also took place in the Kashag and we also received a report from the concerned regional representatives.

I have nothing to say on the need for a thorough investigation into the matter as mentioned in the resolution. The important thing is to act after conducting that investigation.

From a security perspective, we have seen in the video that the Dolgyal protesters came very close to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the protests and that they got the chance to cause him harm if they had intended to do so. But no unwanted incidents happened, which I think is to due to the power of our collective merit. Therefore, I have nothing special to say on the resolution.

It is also important to mention that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration have a very clear policy on this matter. We welcome those who repent their past actions and choose the correct path, as it is said that sins can be absolved if one expresses regret. Few of those who want to propitiate Dolgyal propitiation will want to leave and that is their right. As became clear after 2008, a considerable number of people have chosen the correct path. These people, including lamas and important personalities, have significant fear in their hearts because they are aware of the behaviour of the people associated with Dolgyal.

I have spoken many times about the Mangtroe Khada programme on numerous occasions in this Parliament. Those who denounce His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Administration are invited to the programme and obliged to speak. These people include those who claim to have no relations with Dolgyal but rather are simply using the platform to speak. As you might have noticed, these people criticize His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teaching while they claim they have nothing to do with Dolgyal.

In accordance with the resolution that these acts amount to crimes in history, it is important to identify who these people are. These people are also objects of compassion. So the reason for making this clear today is to clarify that it is not late for those who want to do the right thing. The Chinese communists have a saying that there is no set time to become a nationalist. Though we are not asking them to become nationalists, it is in their interest to choose what is right which prevents them from going towards disaster. We always welcome and acknowledge that everyone has this opportunity. However, we notice that there are many people, who are associated with some kind of organization, that feel difficulty and fear to leave it.

So, to summarise, the present circumstances surrounding Dolgyal related issues have been made clear for future reference by all in this Parliament through a day-long session. It [ the Dolgyal issue] is a ready-made weapon, not one made by any powerful countries but which is nevertheless being used as a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party by members of the Dolgyal organization in their articles on self-immolation protests in the Chinese state media. One can understand the issue by paying attention to all these matters.

Therefore, many honourable Members of Parliament have spoken on the matters concerning the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and we will keep them in mind. Doing everything we can is not only our responsibility; I always say it is the responsibility of every Tibetan. I would like to thank each one of you who spoke and gave their suggestions with strong feelings. I think Honourable Sikyong will add anything if I have missed something in my speech. The Administration would like to express its appreciation for those bringing this resolution. Thank you, Honourable Speaker.