The Dalai Lama has threatened to resign if his followers continue to use violence in Tibet.
But can the Dalai Lama resign? Clearly, he cannot resign his religious leadership as the Dalai Lama. According to Tibetan tradition he will remain the Dalai Lama until he dies. However, the Dalai Lama can step down from his political role as head of the Tibetan protest movement.
His spokesperson says that ” if the Tibetan movement chooses violence to attain their goals then the Dalai Lama cannot lead that movement. ” Furthermore, the Dalai Lama opposes those in the Tibetan movement who advocate independence for Tibet. He wants more autonomy and he wants the Tibetans to use only non-violence.
Is the Dalai Lama, as their political head, in an impossible situation with those of his Tibetan followers who advocate violence to achieve an independent Tibet?
Should he resign as the political head of the Tibetan movement?