Encyclopedia of Fruits, Berries and Nuts by Albert Edmund Wilkinson

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To the jurisdiction of the four grand secretaries belonged such questions as drawing up and communicating to their proper destination various documents setting forth the decisions of the Kashag, drafting sundry legislative acts in the name of the Dalai Lama, submitting to the Dalai Lama for his personal confirmation appointments and transfers of clerical officials. The secretariat was also responsible for the administration of temples and sacred places, except the three great monasteries of Drepung, Sera, and Ganden, which enjoyed the privilege of self-management.

The interlude which would prove so crucial for the fate of Tibet opened with an attempt by a favorite minister of the late king to set himself up as a dictator. Although the plan was quickly defeated by Tibet's conservative forces, led by the Church hierarchs, the brutal repression which followed upon the victory left new and indelible scars on Tibet's as it is badly fragmented body politic. Shortly thereafter, the country suffered another, equally unsettling experience, when the ruling Regent, Reting Rimpoche, was forced under pressure to resign and was replaced as a Regent by Taktra Rimpoche.

48 TIBET IN TRANSITION, Y9SY-Y954 preconceived blueprint. True, Peking waged a sustained campaign to achieve its goals, but always by resort to eminently expedient tactics. In other words, Chinese strategy called for extensive changes in the established socio-political organization of the country, but throughout the Chinese pursued that plan in a purely ad hoc, thoroughly pragmatic manner, with specific conditions which obtained at any given moment both dictating the choice of individual moves and determining the elaboration of the practical course of action conducive to their execution.

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