In my case, it's primarily personal experience, having spent time in Sikkim, talking to people, and observation. Granted, I don't know all Sikkimese, and those that I do know are likely OTD supporters, given my relationships, etc. When I said "vast majorities" I am specifically talking about Sikkimese people, and not the world at large, though I venture to say TTD and Dawa Sangpo's supporters are indeed minorities. I hasten to point out that I am not arguing that majority opinion is necessarily correct--I am merely saying that the Sikkimese people, on the whole, yearn for OTD to be able to visit, and have taken action to try to effect this desire.Sherab Dorje wrote:People keep talking about "vast majorities" and "most", etc... What are these estimates based on? Has there been a census done? Are they qualified somehow? Wishful thinking?
However, I've yet to see any movement from any other candidate that makes news or social media. Have you seen the marches in the streets of Gangtok for the rightful assumption of TTD or Dawa Sangpo to Rumtek? I haven't. Have there been any popular movements for anyone but OTD?
I've seen a few activists on FB who support TTD and post critiques and comments on social media, but very few. I am well aware of the Guest House conversion to a "monastery" and I am aware of the hunger strike back in the 1990's led By Topga-la. In fact, I'm certain I have more first and second-hand information than most people here, Greg. I am not going to get into discussions about the issue itself, you know, and I respect everyone's right to believe in what they believe, and to endorse whomsoever they endorse.