The Future of Tibet: The Government-in-exile Meets the Challenge of Democratization (Asian Thought and Culture Series)

The Future of Tibet: The Government-in-exile Meets the Challenge of Democratization (Asian Thought and Culture Series)

by Helen M. Boyd
     
 

This book discusses the emergence of democracy’s modernizing force in an exiled community with a political history based on a feudal theocracy. Since his exile almost forty years ago, the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile have steered this fledgling democratic community toward the fulfillment of his dream of converting a theocracy to a democracy. The

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This book discusses the emergence of democracy’s modernizing force in an exiled community with a political history based on a feudal theocracy. Since his exile almost forty years ago, the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile have steered this fledgling democratic community toward the fulfillment of his dream of converting a theocracy to a democracy. The establishment of a tripartite government with separate powers and the development of a framework for a future democratic polity - if and when Tibetans regain their land - is a testament to the ongoing democratizing revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820457277
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Asian Thought and Culture Series
Pages:
121
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1The Historical Significance of the Institution of the Dalai Lama5
The Process of Selection5
The Qing Era and the Rise of the Dalai Lama6
Tibetan Politics and Society in the Qing Era9
Tibetan Monasticism and Society in the Qing Era12
The Era of the 1940's and 1950's15
1959 and Exile16
Exile and the Future of the Institution of the Dalai Lama17
Chapter 2The Political Structure of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile24
The Dalai Lama's Plans in 196024
The Successful Evolution of the Dalai Lama's Plans25
Opposition and Problems in Exile30
Chapter 3Buddhism and Democracy44
Introduction44
Equality and Compassion45
The Collective Good46
Parliamentary Experience47
Economics and Universal Responsibility48
Tolerance and Respect49
Non-Violence50
Education and Democracy51
Rational Attitudes52
Pursuit of Happiness54
Church and State54
Chapter 4The Influence of the Indian Government upon the Government-in-Exile58
External Influences upon the Twentieth Century Dalai Lamas58
Indian and Tibetan Democratic Similarities59
The Influence of Indian Leaders62
India's Tolerance of the Promulgation of the Tibetan Cause63
Chapter 5Support for Democracy: Past and Present Educational Systems69
Early Monastic Education69
Modern Education in Exile74
Achievement in Exile77
Democracy and the Schools in Exile81
Indian Curriculum Guidelines81
Challenges for the Future84
Chapter 6Tension Between the Tibetan Youth Congress and the Government-in-Exile90
Formation of the Tibetan Youth Organization91
Early Relations between the TYC and the Exiled Government92
Tibetan Youth Congress and its Criticisms of Domestic Policies95
Criticisms of Foreign Policy by the TYC97
Tibetan Youth Congress Publications100
Remaining Tensions101
Conclusion105
Bibliography113
Index119

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