The Last Gift of the God-King: Narrating the Dalai Lama’s Resignation

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Abstract

On the 19th March 2011, His Holiness the 14th Dalai announced his retirement from office as the political leader of the Tibetan cause and the separation of the Ganden Podrang estate (the religious ‘house’ of the Dalai Lamas' reincarnations) from the governance of Tibetans in line with democratic principles that His Holiness has asserted since first entering exile from Tibet in 1959. His Holiness' departure from office required a substantial rewriting of the Tibetan Charter, the constitution of all exiled Tibetans. This article, based on extensive interviews with members of the Charter Redrafting committee as well as the two Tibetan prime ministers that oversaw the change, examines the challenges faced in writing the new constitution, finding a way to speak of the Dalai Lama's on-going influence, of secularisation with Buddhist characteristics, and of a distinctively Tibetan understanding of exiled democracy.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationTibetan Narratives in Exile
Subtitle of host publicationIdentity, Globalization and Resistance
EditorsShelly Bhoil, Enrique Galvan-Alvarez
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLexington Books
StateAccepted/In press - 20 Nov 2016

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Keywords

  • Dalai Lama
  • democracy
  • Tibet
  • refugee
  • political concepts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Mills, M. A. (Accepted/In press). The Last Gift of the God-King: Narrating the Dalai Lama’s Resignation. In S. Bhoil, & E. Galvan-Alvarez (Eds.), Tibetan Narratives in Exile: Identity, Globalization and Resistance London: Lexington Books.

The Last Gift of the God-King : Narrating the Dalai Lama’s Resignation. / Mills, Martin Alwin.

Tibetan Narratives in Exile: Identity, Globalization and Resistance. ed. / Shelly Bhoil; Enrique Galvan-Alvarez. London : Lexington Books, 2016.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mills, MA 2016, The Last Gift of the God-King: Narrating the Dalai Lama’s Resignation. in S Bhoil & E Galvan-Alvarez (eds), Tibetan Narratives in Exile: Identity, Globalization and Resistance. Lexington Books, London.
Mills MA. The Last Gift of the God-King: Narrating the Dalai Lama’s Resignation. In Bhoil S, Galvan-Alvarez E, editors, Tibetan Narratives in Exile: Identity, Globalization and Resistance. London: Lexington Books. 2016.
Mills, Martin Alwin. / The Last Gift of the God-King : Narrating the Dalai Lama’s Resignation. Tibetan Narratives in Exile: Identity, Globalization and Resistance. editor / Shelly Bhoil ; Enrique Galvan-Alvarez. London : Lexington Books, 2016.
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