July 23, 2011
Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is giving up his political duties as he plans a shift to democracy. But one model he doesn’t want to emulate is the British constitutional monarchy.
“A ceremonial role? I don’t like it, to be like the British sort of queen,” the Dalai Lama told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview.
“Of course, I personally very much admire her. Wonderful. But the system? If you carry some sort of ceremonial head, then you should do something!” he said with a laugh.
“Otherwise, I would just be a figurehead. A statement is written by someone, then I just read? I know the word — a puppet,” he said.