Dharamsala: Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel condoled the demise of Gene Sharp, a life-long advocate of non-violent political resistant and multiple nominee of Nobel Peace Prize, who passed away at his home in Boston on Jan 28, 2018 at the age of 90 years old.
In his condolence letter, he offered his sympathy and condolences to the family members and loved ones of the late Gene Spark on behalf of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Tibetans all over the world and added that his works have inspired many people in dismantling seeming powerful repressive authorities around the world and in particular, through his workshops and teachings on various methods of non-violent actions to the Tibetan leaders and people on the Tibetan struggle movement, from old to young, continues to instill aspiration and hope in our non-violent struggle.
‘The demise of Mr. Gene Sharp, an advocate of non-violent political resistance is a huge loss, not only for your family members and loved ones but also for all the followers of the non-violence all around the world and especially for the Tibetan, whose resistant struggle is based on the key principles of non-violence,’ wrote the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
He further wrote ‘We considered it our privilege and an acknowledgement of his support when his book, ‘The Politics of Non-Violent Actions’ was translated into Tibetan language. His institution, ‘Albert Einstein Institution’ which is committed to the defense of democratic freedom and opposes repression and violence, is akin to that soft star which shines and dispels the looming darkness of the world in the cacophony of violence. We hope the institution continues to run and defend the democratic freedom of every citizens of the world.’
Gene Sharp ( January 21, 1928 – January 28, 2018), recipient of several prestigious awards and a multiple nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize (2009, 2012 and 2013) was known for his extensive writings on non-violent struggle, which are believed to have influenced various resistance against oppression around the world including the Arab Spring, the peaceful non-violent revolution that toppled dictators in several Arab nations since 2010.
He was a research associate at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University for nearly 30 years and a professor of Political Science at the University if Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
He participated in various nonviolent action and held workshops on nonviolent resistance around the world. Albert Einstein Institution, a non-profit organization in Massachusetts, founded by him, is committed to the defense of democratic freedom, opposition of oppression and the reduction of reliance on violence as an instrument of policy.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews. He had never married and had no children.