Namskai Norbu was employed by the Sikkam government back in the day to my understanding. Late fifties when at the time of the tibetan invasion of china he could not return.
Sikkam , was a monarchy with theoratic undertones.
To my dim recollection unregulated immigration of Nepalese led to it becoming pretty much a Nepalese type state.
They voted overwhelmingly consequent to that to leave there independent state and become a state of india....70's I think.
Sikkam was a independent state for quite a while but considered a tibetan type state chogyal. Fighting repeatedly incursion from Buhtan and from nepal.
With unrestricted immigration of nepalese it lost its tibetan type rule of monarchy and became a democracy. So I could easily see a tibetan in this place seeing democracy as a bit unproductive. It worked to nepalese control of this place not tibetan as indian state.
Part of nepal...I'd guess India would not allow such a thing,without war so it was a vote to become state of india. But tibetan by government it previously was and hence buddhist in majority. By prior democratic input a motion to become part of india failed, but that was before the nepalese large majority in Sikkam had occured, the demographic shitt, from tibet and other composite,part nepalese..... to vast vast nepalese majority.
So as a playerin these great events of state which affected him and his peoples so greatly, (nepalese are largly hindu which is the vast majority religion presently not Buddhism in Sikkam, I would not necessarily state this person great religious figure and leader is a unbiased person in regard to such things of the politic.
Nor that his comments may be relevent to modern democracies as his fundemental underpinnings as employ of the state of Sikham and prior to that his grounding in Tibet were both not democracies, but monarchy and theocracy of a sort without the fundamental need of democracies to include common peoples of all sorts in issues and decision making and the necessity thusly for education upon these issues.
LIke presupposeing by the buddha stateing no mention of democracy or democratic necessity such as education to issues may be claimed by some to be a mode of action presently. When back in that day such did not exist in any form in that place so such was basically not spoken about.
So such may be a reach by my take.
Norbu did also not come from such environment. Great religious teacher however he be.
Dzochen I'd guess he would be of greatest authority..politics I'd say maybe not the best.
Ultimately religious peoples to my opiniion of course must dsiregard all other conventional things to pursue enlightenment.
Most of us however are not of that sort. Some may contend that those of us that suffer karma and may be expected to for quite a few llifetimes to come must not disregard responsibility such as one has of personal sort in a democracy to be educated vote and do such things as responsibility of the civic.
So I would say...yes close to enlightenment all you study is the religious, say a monk nun lama or some such..disregard all these things.
Commoner householder perhaps who has religious focus but has other things, do only disregard such things as your government reflective of you and your actions may do heinous things as per democracies, and thusly you accumulate by your inattention to your responsibility negative effects . That is my opinion.
REad the history of Sikkam...tell me if I lie. Here is a link to its history...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Sikkim
Politics and political view in this part of the world is extreamly complex and long term are the views,not yesterday as perhaps is the western forgotton all that proceeds....as americans forget they did(continue to do) to the indian the same exact thing china did to the tibetan.
DEmocracy as used by the nepalese to end a monarchy of tibetan influence may tend to push tibetan lamas view of the politic in such manners a certain way.....no offense to the master nor their great teachings....this is politics not religion.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.