Democracy Day in Tibet
Democracy Day in Tibet is held on September 2. This event in the first decade of the month September is annual. Help us
September 2 marks the anniversary of the establishment of the democratic system of the Tibetan people living in exile in India. Until 2011, the Tibetan democratic experiment had been a top-down one. It began with His Holiness the Dalai Lama implementing his political vision once he escaped from Tibet to freedom in India in 1959.
In February 1960, while in the sacred town of Bodhgaya in India, the Dalai Lama made an address to the Tibetan people explaining his political vision of a future Tibet. He told them then, “Since in Tibet, unlike in the past situation, it is important to establish a democratic governmental system with a blend of religion and politics, there needs to be a people’s assembly that has been constituted by the general public through an electoral system...”
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