GUWAHATI: India Tibet relations has been thriving since the early 7th and 8th centuries AD, with the spread of Buddhism, and this cultural bonding became one of the significant reason for India giving asylum to millions of Tibetans and the Tibetan Govt in Exile, after his holiness the Dalai Lama fled to India, following the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against the annexation of Tibet by the communist party of China.
Since then, the region of Tibet has been a point of contention with China harbouring through massive onslaught against the Tibetan Buddhists that includes the massacre of millions of civilians in the Cultural genocide perpetrated by the Communist Party of China under Mao Zedong.
On July 30, 2021, concerning the several recent developments in international geopolitics centered around China and Tibet, Shri.
Tenzing Lekshay, the official spokesperson of the Tibetan Govt In Exile was in talks with Miss Divyanshi Srivastava, General Secretary of Kavyavarsha, the officially appreciated student community by the Govt Of India formed by the National Awardees and National representatives of NYPF.
The discussions revolved around China’s claim over the ownership of the selection process of the next Dalai Lama, US Congress’ Tibetan Policy and Support Act for reaffirming the right of Tibetans to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama, the abduction of the Panchen Lama confirmed by Dalai Lama in 1995 by the Communist Party, the cultural Genocide, the 17th point agreement and the controversies around it and most importantly the ongoing cultural genocide in Tibet.
Tenzin Lekshay also spoke of the 15 white papers issued by China on Tibet, which he said are to divert and misguide the international community about the current status of Tibet and present a doctored prosperous image of Tibet to justify their occupation hiding the brutality.
He said, “Just recently Chinese President Xi visited the capital of Tibet Lhasa, he was there to celebrate the 70 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet, saying that whatever the Chinese Communist Party has done in Tibet was perfect but in reality, it’s not, from the 1950s to 1970s more than a million Tibetan died because of the Chinese occupation, more than 6000 monasteries destroyed, in reality, Tibet saw a genocide perpetrated by China.”
He also emphasized the cultural genocide going on in Tibet and the Chinese Communist Party-sponsored demographic shift that is taking place in the region with rising settlements of the Han Chinese, endangering the existence of the Tibetans, making them a minority in their own nation and economically marginalized.
The rich resources are getting exploited with little to no benefit to the Tibetans and the ecology is being destroyed, all just to suffice their selfish goals without caring for the inhabitants of Tibet.
He said the only way to resolve the issue peacefully is through negotiations by China by accommodating, understanding, and fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetan people inside Tibet, in doing so China needs to resume dialogue with the holiness Dalai Lama.
He said that the White Papers that the Chinese Govt has published so far on Tibet to proclaim to the world its developmental strategies in Tibet were unreal to the core and can be termed as Black Paper, since, China has rather done the exact opposite of what it had claimed.
Lastly, he said due to the Chinese propaganda, not just the majority world population but also the think tanks confuse with the location of Tibet, Tibet as he said is not just the autonomous region of Tibet but it’s far larger comprising of all three traditional provinces which China has already integrated into it in its own provinces like Yunan.
He expressed his gratefulness to the Indian population for all the support for more than 60 years and reminded that Tibetan people don’t need sympathy, they have received enough sympathy for the past many decades, what they need is the change in the perception, China has occupied Tibet and if has it’s own consequences on India, young Indians need to understand that this is about national interest so that the collaboration is needed and look at what is happening in Tibet. He says “ Tibet had enough sympathies now we need action.”
By- Vishal Dutta, Arunachal Pradesh
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