Mr Yashwant Sinha Visits Dharamsala to Express Solidarity With Tibetans
18 September, 2012, New Delhi: Mr. Yashwant Sinha, senior BJP leader and Convener of the All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet was on a three day visit to Dharamsala to express solidarity with Tibetans under the prevailing critical situation inside Tibet.
On his arrival in Dharamsala on Saturday, 15th September, he observed the ongoing Fourth Session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile; met Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay and his Cabinet members at the Kashag Secretariat and got informed of the current situation inside Tibet and the Tibetan movement across the world.
While addressing gathering of Tibetan MPs & senior staffs of the Central Tibetan Administration at the Staff Mess Hall in Gangkyi, Mr Sinha said “I have come here on behalf of my Party and All-Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum on Tibet, to tell you that the Government of India’s policy may be different, dictated by geopolitical considerations, but the parliamentarians and people of India are being guided by only one feeling, the feeling of brotherhood for the people of Tibet.”
“We have perhaps failed in the sense that the kind of support which should have demonstrably come has often been wanting. There is a need for all of us to strongly project in India and the people in rest of the world what exactly is happening to the people in Tibet,” he said.
Leadership Training for College Students
27 August, 2012, New Delhi: TPPRC organised a two day intensive program on Introducing Organisational Structure of the Centre Tibetan Administration & Leadership Training for college going Tibetan students in Delhi at Tibetan Youth Hostel on 25 & 26 of this month.
The program was carried out under larger objective of nurturing future leadership of the Tibetan people, as the Centre has been annually organising such programs in Dharamsala with extended format at two different levels, one for college going Tibetan students and another for Class XI Tibetan students from different parts of India and Nepal.
During this two day abridged program at the Youth hostel in Delhi, the students were exposed to wide range of topics such as Current State of Tibet in the International Scenario by TPiE Speaker Mr. Penpa Tsering; Procedures & Requirements for becoming a Tibetan Civil Servant by Secretary of Tibet Bureau Mr. Palden Dhondup; Introduction to the Organisational Structure of the Central Tibetan Administration and Functions of its Different Organs by TPPRC Executive Programmes Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok; and Sino-Tibet Relations & Memorandum for the Genuine Autonomy by TPPRC Executive Director Mr. Choekyong Wangchuk.
Participants also had a half day session, mainly activity based exercises on building leadership skills by Ms. Manali Shah, Executive Programmes, FNF - South Asia. Shri Shreerang Kulkarni, National Secretary of the ABVP shared his 18 years of experience in the field of organisational work in the morning session of second day. Program concluded with remarks from Mr. Omair Ahmad, Programmes Executive, FNF - South Asia and TCV Youth Hostel Director Mrs. Tsering Dolma.
A Round Table Discussion on “The Current Tibet Scenario: Proposals for Indian Policy Makers”
16 August, 2012, New Delhi: TPPRC in collaboration with the ML Sondhi Institute for Asia Pacific Affairs organised a round table discussion on The Current Tibet Scenario: Proposals for Indian Policy Makers at the India International Centre.
Approximately 51 eminent persons from diverse backgrounds attended the round table discussion chaired by Shri Ram Jethmalani, former Union Minister, MP & Senior Advocate; Shri TN Chaturvedi, former Governor of Karnataka; JNU Prof. Yeshi Choedon; & Mr. Thupten Samphel, Director of Tibet Policy Institute were the key speakers.
Director of the ML Sondhi Institute for Asia Pacific Affairs, Shrimati Madhuri Santanam Sondhi welcomed the gathering and presented the theme of the discussion by stating that situation inside Tibet was getting deteriorate day by day and the number of self-immolation was going up at the same time. 50 Tibetans have self-immolated since February 2009 to protest against the Chinese repressive policy. Tibetans were not allowed to practice their religion, and freedom of movement inside Tibet is strictly restricted by state authorities. China’s claim of modernising Tibet is rather aimed at mass influx of Han Chinese people and for their welfare. Larger Tibetans populace in Tibet is getting no benefit from it and instead they continue to suffer.
After the presentations by key speakers followed by intensive discussions amongst the eminent gathering, many suggestions & recommendations were proposed. Some of the proposals are as follows:
Since the issue of Tibet was already raised in UN, where countries including India were signatories to the UN General Assembly resolution passed in 1965 calling on China to respect the Tibetan peoples’ right to self determination, therefore, China’s claim of Tibet issue as their domestic matter is not true. The Government of India needs to adopt a Tibet specific policy that ensure not only securing whole of its Northern frontiers but also strives for basic freedom for the Tibetan people and protection and preservation of their unique identity, religion, culture and language. The Government of India should also persist on opening Consulate in Lhasa.
Empowerment Programme for Tibetan Settlement/Welfare Officers
New Delhi, 14 June, 2012: TPPRC in collaboration with the Department of Home, CTA organised a workshop empowering the Tibetan Settlement/Welfare Officers at Asia Resort in Dharamsala on 12 & 13 June, 2012.
Fifty Tibetan Settlement/Welfare Officers from across India & Nepal took part in the two day event. The workshop was conducted mainly to provide information on the matters that are directly concerned to the Officers who are responsible at the ground level.
There were eight resource persons and two organisers. Kangra District Commissioner, Mr. K.R. Bharti spoke on matters relating to public administration; CTA Auditor General, Mr. K. Dhondup introduced the accounting system of the Administration; Kangra District Superintendent of Police, Mr. Daljeet K. Thakur elaborated on issues related to law & order and Foreigner Registration Certificate; Former CTA Information Secretary, Mr. Thupten Samphel shared his view on media management & liaison; Former Cabinet Secretary of Govt. of India, Mr. Jaydev Ranade talked on Tibetan issue in the backdrop of evolving geopolitical scenario; Chief of CTA Planning Commission, Dr. Konchok Tsondue spoke on strategic development planning; Kangra District Additional Director of the Agriculture Department, Mr. S.K. Saroy informed the audience on government schemes for conventional & organic agriculture; Minister for Steel & Industry of Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Krishan Kapoor was the Chief Guest on the concluding session; CTA Home Kalon, Mrs. Gyari Dolma and TPPRC Executive Director, Mr. Choekyong Wangchuk were the organisers.
The participant Officers had an opportunity to have an intensive interaction with Tibetan and India resource persons including Minister for Steel & Industry, Mr. Krishan Kapoor; Former cabinet Secretary, Mr. Jaydev Ranade; Kangra District D.C., Mr. K.R. Bharti and Kangra District S.P., Mr. Daljeet K. Thakur. The workshop had even deliberations on the local issues such as water, fuel and road problem faced by Tibetans living in Kangra District region.
APIPFT members attend the 4th AITSG Conference
New Delhi, 12 June, 2012: Shrimati Chandresh Kumari (Maharani), member of Lok Sabha (INC) and Mr. Bashista Naraina Singh, member of Rajya Sabha (Janata Dal United) attended the 4th All India Tibet Support Groups (AITSG) Conference in Dharamsala on 9 & 11 June, 2012.
Both the MPs are members of the ALL Party Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Tibet (APIPFT) and a long time Tibet supporters. The two respective parliamentarians were chief guests during the opening & closing ceremonies of the 4th AITSG Conference on separate account.
Shrimati Chandresh Kumari is present Co-Convener of the APIPFT. Besides the Conference in Dharamsala, she was also invited to various other Tibet related programmes organised by the Tibetan NGOs there.
Mr. Bashista Narain Singh was former Convener of the APIPFT. He had earlier attended three World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (WPCT) and recently the 6th in Canada. He has attended all the four AITSG held so far. After the Dharamsala Conference, he was facilitated at the Tibetan Parliament in Exile by Speaker, Mr. Penpa Tsering and Deputy Speaker, Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel for his long time support to the Tibetan cause.
“Testing Himalayan Environment and Threats to India’s Security”
New Delhi, 5 June, 2012: TPPRC in collaboration with the Panchnad Research Institute, Himachal Pradesh organised a panel discussion “Testing Himalayan Environment and Threats to India’s Security” at the Budget Bhavan in Shimla on 31 May, 2012.
The panel discussion was chaired by Mr. Shyam Khosla, Director of the Indian Media centre. The keynote speakers of the panel included Dr. Rajeev Bindal, Minister of Health, Government of Himachal Pradesh; Mr. Sudripta Roy, Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh; Mr. Vijay Kranti, noted journalist & photographer; Mr. Tenzin Norbu, Director, Environment & Development Desk of the Central Tibetan administration.
The panel was attended by over 100 participants comprising Himachal Pradesh state diplomats, intellectuals, professors & lecturers from the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla Tibetan Settlement Officer, Mr. Tsering Tashi & his colleagues, representatives of the Shimla Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement and media persons.
Prof. Chamman Lal Gupta, Convener of the Panchnad Research Institute spoke on the importance of the Himalayan environment.
Mr. Shayam Khosla briefed about the significance of the panel discussion.
Mr. Vijay Kranti spoke about his personal account and experiences from his last visit to Tibet and retrospected on how China had destroyed the land and its cultural. He stressed on the environment and development issues inside Tibet and warned that undermining the fragile ecology and mismanagement of developments there could seriously jeopardise the security of India.
Mr. Tenzin Norbu spoke about the ongoing environmental destruction inside Tibet and its repercussion on India and the rest of Asian countries. He talked on Chinese water diversion and the pace at which China is constructing dams on major trans-boundary rivers originating from Tibet. He highlighted the impacts of climate change on the Hindu-Kush region, the glacial meltdown, permafrost degradation & rampant mining in Tibet.
Mr. Sudripta Roy raised his concerns about the environmental degradation especially water related issues and dwelled on other related topics as well.
Dr. Rajeev Bindal spoke on the environment preservation movement in Himachal Pradesh from plastic ban to afforestation.
On behalf of TPPRC & the Panchnad Research Institute, Executive Programme, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok thanked the speakers, audiences & organising team for making the panel discussion a grand success.