Gangtok, 08 Oct:
Four members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile called on the Governor, MP and MLAs here today with an appeal that the Tibetan issue be raised and discussed at the national and state levels in India.
The Tibetan Parliamentarians are part of a nationwide initiative which has them lobbying with the Central and State governments to “strive to adopt resolutions on the issue of Tibet in their respective meetings and sessions and also initiate and take part in campaign actions related to Tibet”.
What the Tibetan Parliament in-Exile is seeking to highlight is that whenever meetings are between the governments of India and China, the issue of Tibet should be included in the discussions. India is being urged to explore ways to lend support to revive talks between envoys of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government to resolve the “critical situation” in Tibet.
They are also appealing that since the natural environment of Tibet has a direct impact on the life of billions in neighbouring countries, attention should be paidand discussions held on that issue in an effort to protect it by persuading the Government of China.
The appeal also highlights the brutality of Chinese policies in Tibet, one of the fallouts of which has been the 152 cases of self-immolation by Tibetans in Tibet who are wishing for and demanding the Dalai Lama be invited to Tibet and that freedom should prevail in Tibet. “…we accordingly request that the Government of China be prevailed upon to respect these sentiments of the Tibetan people and take them up for proper consideration,” the appeal reads.
The appeal also points out that the Govt of China is destroying the linguistic heritage and culture of the Tibetan people, persecuting and torturing the Tibetan people for political reasons, encouraging mass influx of Chinese into Tibet and engineering largescale deployment of army along Tibet’s border areas. “We, therefore, urge that these issues be taken up with the government of China with a view to hold serious discussions on them and to convince Beijing to put an end to these abusive practices,” the appeal adds.
The Tibetan delegation included Dawa Phunkyi, Dara Tsewang Tashi, Lobsang Chonjor and Sonam Norbu Ratsa and is accompanied by Pema Wangdak, city counselor, and Dorjee Ringzen, the Tibetan Settlement Officer, Gangtok.
The delegation called on Governor Ganga Prasad at Raj Bhavan, Speaker KN Rai, Deputy Speaker Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, Ministers, MP, MLAs and Principal Secretary to the CM and other dignitaries, it is informed.