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.
|Title of host publication||Tibetan Subjectivities on the Global Stage|
|Subtitle of host publication||Negotiating Dispossession|
|Editors||Shelly Bhoil, Enrique Galvan-Alvarez|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2018|
|Name||Studies in Modern Tibetan Culture|
- Dalai Lama
- political concepts
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Political Science and International Relations
Mills, M. A. (2018). The Last Gift of the God-King: Narrating the Dalai Lama’s Resignation. In S. Bhoil, & E. Galvan-Alvarez (Eds.), Tibetan Subjectivities on the Global Stage: Negotiating Dispossession (Studies in Modern Tibetan Culture). Lexington Books.