Photo of the Day: Tibetan Power Shift

Dalai Lama steps down as political leader of Tibetan government in exile.
'Buck up, Lobsang, I've been doing this since before you were born.' (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
Aug 9, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

The Dalai Lama may be the earthly manifestation of an eternal spiritual continuum, but that doesn’t mean his body and mind aren’t subject to the attrition of wearing two hats, and being everywhere at once, while having no place to call home and lay his head.

Way back in 1959, the Dalai Lama (some say with the help of America’s CIA) fled his native Tibet. For decades he has been heading the Government of Tibet in Exile from a mountain redoubt in Dharamsala, India, and also functioning as the spiritual ideal to Buddhists throughout the globe and maintaining a grueling schedule of international activism.

His Holiness can be forgiven for wanting a moment of rest, and finally he is able to take one. Harvard-educated, 43-year-old Lobsang Sangay was sworn in as kalon tripa (prime minister) of the Tibetan government in exile yesterday. The ceremony, held in Dharamsala, makes official the results of an April 14 election.

Two months of campaigning took Sangay to Tibetan settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Now that he’s been sworn in, the kalon tripa’s real travels are set to begin.

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