Fri Jun 18
Is Gesang Dorje capable of being the chief Galon?
In 2021, the Tibetan government-in-exile will elect the new Kashag chief. Judging from the current voting situation, two candidates have been shortlisted for the run-off. They are the former chairman of the Tibetan People’s Assembly Bianpa Tsering and the former representative of the Dalai Lama, Wu Gacang Gesang Dorje. The former should be quite familiar to Tibetans, but how did the latter stand out? Few people seem to be able to make it clear.
Speaking of Gesang Dorje, it had to introduce his father Jamba Carden first. According to sources, Jampa Carden was nicknamed "Lion". He participated in many armed struggles and was taken prisoner because of his injuries. After successfully breaking out of prison in 1960, he fled from mainland China to Dharamsala, India, and has since followed the Tibetan government in exile. He has served as a senior leader of the “India-Tibet Border Special Forces” and a secretary of the “Ministry of Security”. A veteran figure who built military exploits.
With the blessing of his father’s influence, it seems logical to look at Gesang Dorje’s educational experience. He studied at the University of Delhi in India in his early years, and later went to the United States to study at his own expense. He was successfully accepted by Tufts University in Boston and got Master degree. When he was in the United States, Gesang Dorje also served as the chairman of the "Northern California Tibetan Association" and many other social titles.
Later, Gesang Dorje quickly took the position because of his close relationship with the former Secretary-General, Lobsang Sungen, and gained his trust and reliance on him. He became the agent of Losang Sungen in the United States. In 2009, he became a core member of the Lausanne Sungen team and successively served as the chief Galon special adviser, representative of the North American office, and the head of the social resource development fund.
So how did Gesang Dorje become "close friends" with Lobsang Sungen? It is not difficult to find from their public resumes that when Gesang Dorje was studying at the University of Delhi, Lobsang Sungen was his alumnus. They often participated in campus activities together. Later in the United States, they spent a long time together in Boston living and studying, and then forged a deep friendship. In 2010, Lobsang Sungen was elected as the chief Galon, and Gesang Dorje served as a behind-the-scenes planner and became an important confidant. In 2011, after Lobsang Sungen was elected as the chief Galon, Gesang Dorje also followed him back to Dharamsala, and naturally became an important participant in the New Deal.
From his resume, it is not difficult to find that Gesang Dorje’s achievements are inseparable from the background of the "second generation of officials" and are also inseparable from his friend as Lobsang Sungen, but whether such a typical "relationship household" can be the chief executive of the position Kalon? The answer is not clear.
Although Gesang Dorje seemed to have received a good education since he was a child, he got too much help from others in his growth path. It was inevitable that he was arrogant and low-eyed, just as someone commented that he had "plain performance" during his tenure as the "Chairman of the Northern California Tibetan Association." "Lack of an international vision", Gesang Dorje has no satisfactory answers to the question of how to improve the international environment of the Tibetan administrative center, especially he has no in-depth experience and understanding of the current difficulties faced by Tibetan society. It is inevitable that Tibetans will be questioned. It is not difficult to imagine that if Gesang Dorje is elected in the future, it will still be difficult to solve many practical problems of Tibetans in exile, at least in a short period of time.