Birth of NDPT
Political parties; based on different ideologies; is a key requirement of a functional democracy. One major drawback with Tibetan democracy in exile was the lack of proper political parties. Members to the assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies are still elected on the basis of the Three Regions of Tibet. In addition to this, the four major sects of Buddhism and the Pre – Buddhist Bon faith each elect their own representatives.
As step towards party – based democracy for a future Tibet; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; while addressing their Annual Working Committee Meeting in Aug. 1990, urged the Tibetan Youth Congress to take the initiative to form a political party. To implement this important directive, the TYC convened a meeting of all current and former members of the Central Executive Committee. Based on the suggestions and the guidance received at this meeting the TYC then went ahead to make all necessary arrangements-including the preparation of a draft constitution and getting in touch with people who would join the political party.
Finally; during the VIII General Body Meeting (September 7 to 12, 1992) of the Tibetan Youth Congress; although it was keenly aware that it would lose many of its active members and experienced leaders; yet, bearing in mind the larger and long term national interest as well as the directive of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; passed a resolution to launch the political party.
As a result of this resolution the National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT) was finally founded on September 2, 1994.