Prelim voting in Tsuglagkhang, Mcleod Ganj. 2015-10-18
The exhibit highlights the evolution of the Tibetan democracy. It features the establishment of first Commission of Tibetan People’s Deputy (CTPD) in 1960, the direct election of Kalon Tripa by the exiled Tibetans followed by His Holiness’ devolution of political authority to an elected Tibetan leadership in 2011.
The Tibetan term for “democracy” is mang.tso — mang meaning majority, and tso; chief, sovereign or main. Democracy is, as Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg address, a system of government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.