Indian Election: A Turning Point for Tibet and Its People?

Tenzing Dhamdul, FNVA Research Associate

by Tenzing Dhamdul

The recent outcome of the 2024 Indian general elections, which reinstated the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its third consecutive term, holds significant implications for Tibet and the Tibetan community residing in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's return to office for a historic third term, a feat achieved only by Jawaharlal Nehru besides him, has been given the mandate by the people. Observing the recent oath-taking ceremony of the India Prime Minister and his cabinet on 9th June, notable Tibetan figures such as former deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Acharya Yeshi Phunstok la, and Khensur Jangchup Choeden la, General Secretary of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), were in attendance, indicating continued engagement between the Tibetan community and the Indian government, though there were no current officials of the Tibetan Government in Exile (officially known as the Central Tibetan Administration) in attendance unlike 2014.

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