Allegations Against Lukar Jam Unfounded

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By Ogyen K Gchenpa With exile election fever being unprecedently high, our tiny community has gone abuzz. Politically charged Tibetans are filling wherever possible with political discussions. Such exceptional show of interest by the ordinary people in an election in this scale is rather unheard of in the past. This is mainly because of the election saw, for the first …

Why Lukar Jam Atsok is important for Tibetan democracy

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By Tenzing Sonam For the sake of honouring the Snowland And to win Tibet’s complete independence Based on the manifold truth Raise the Tibetan flag, children of the Snowland! Think about Lolo. Brave, gentle, patriotic Lolo. Languishing in a Chinese prison, serving a six-year sentence for singing these stirring words of hope and encouragement. How would he feel if he …

Why Lukar Jam may not become Sikyong

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By Chemi Choezom Looking back at our history, our ancestors never liked the word CHANGE. Especially, the term MODERNIZATION faced immediate expulsion from our plateau! God! That same darn habit got passed down to our age. We, the Tibetans, simply hate CHANGE. Lukar Jam is everything our exile brethren had avoided till now — a CHANGE. People fear Lukar Jam because his very persona cries …

10 Reasons you should vote for Lukar Jam Atsok

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By Ayak Tsang Circulating on the internet and campaign stops is a rather exaggerated and repetitive list called ‘The 10 Outstanding accomplishments’ of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay. This seems to be the official campaign platform and political record on which he is standing for re-election for the Sikyong post. Rather than refuting those dubious claims, I offer you 10 reasons why …

Strong Rangtsen results will strengthen Umaylam

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By Tsewang Norbu True to my principle of transparent public dealings I am outing myself right at the beginning that I am going to cast my vote to Lukar Jam Atsok for the post of Sikyong during the first round of election on October 18, 2015. I know Lukar Jam for some time and whenever I go to India, I …

A Tibetan’s memories of a Chinese prison

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By Kim Arora, TNN DHARAMSHALA: Lukar Jam has a bump on his wrist. His right shoulder is higher than his left, and hurts often too. These, however, are not the only evidence he has from the five years spent in a Chinese jail. He can, for example, even after 14 years of being released, recite all the prison rules in …

15-point Agenda for Rangzen

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By Lukar Jam Atsok Translated by Sonam Gyatso Introduction During a Public Talk entitled “Rangzen: When, How and Why?” held recently in Dharamsala, I was asked by the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the organizer of the event, to speak about my ‘pride and confidence in regaining Tibet’s independence’. As a Rangzen activist myself, I accepted their invitation enthusiastically. If I …

Lukar Jam

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By Mickey Spiegel, Human Rights Watch In 1995, Lukhar Jam’s options were stark: seventeen years in prison, or escape to exile in Dharamsala. Then twenty-six, he chose exile. When we interviewed him, a year after he had left home and eight months after reaching India, most of his energy was still focused on coming to terms with making a permanent …