Saturday, September 20, 2014

Free Tibet to Secure Border BIRENDRA SHANDILYA

Tibetan hunger strike at Chowrasta on Thrusday.
The Tibetan Youth Congress has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and mediate on the Tibet issue. The appeal comes in the wake of the Chinese President’s three-day visit to India which commenced on 17 September.
TYC is the largest NGO of Tibetans in exile with over 35,000 members the world over working for Tibetan freedom. While the boundary dispute and transgressions by Chinese troops occupied centre stage of the New Delhi-Beijing bilateral talks, the TYC has stressed that only a free Tibet can ensure lasting peace and security for India.
The TYC letter to Modi states, “We believe that a lasting peace and security for India along her Himalayan borders lies only in a Free Tibet. A Tibet without China’s military presence is the best guarantee for an India free from constant Chinese incursions, threats and ludicrous claims of the Indian land.”
The TYC has blamed the Chinese Premiere and his hardliner regime for the unrest in Tibet.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping and his regime are responsible for the current spate of tragic events unraveling inside Tibet. More than 130 Tibetans have self immolated leading to 102 deaths in Tibet,” argued Diki Dolkar, the TYC Darjeeling Chapter president.
The TYC states that protests are taking place all over Tibet demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with freedom for Tibet from Chinese occupation. “Beijing’s response- violent crackdowns, shooting, arrests resulting in death and disappearance of protestors. Tibet is literally blacked out with a ban on media along with foreign tourists,” TYC alleges.
“On behalf of all the Tibetans all over the world and in exile, we urge you to kindly speak up for Tibet. When you speak for Tibet you stand on the right side of history and humanity. Today you have the opportunity to make things right. Tibet needs you now,” stated the TYC letter to Prime Minister Modi.
There were widespread protests by the Tibetans and Free Tibet support groups in Delhi. Protests took place outside the Hyderabad House,Chinese Embassy, Taj Palace and Dhaula Kuan. Many Tibetan protestors were detained by the Police. Protestors also demanded that President Xi must meet Dalai Lama and discuss Tibet.
In Darjeeling, Tibetans sat on a token hunger strike from 10am to 4pm at the Chowrasta on 18 September. Thursday’s protest was organized by TYC (North East chapter). In the evening, a candlelight rally was also taken out through all the major thoroughfares of the Hill town.
“The Chinese should immediately climb down from their present hardliner policy and open dialogue with HH the Dalai Lama,” demanded Dolkar.
HH the Dalai Lama, addressing media persons in Dharamsala, stated that sooner or later the Tibetan problem would have to be resolved. “This can happen only through sound understanding of this complex issue and not by force. It can be resolved only through dialogue,” remarked the spiritual head of the Tibetans.
However the HH the Dalai Lama banked a lot of hopes on Xi Jinping. “The present Chinese President is more realistic and open minded. Sino-Indian relation on the basis of mutual trust is very important,” He remarked.
During bilateral talks, a stern Modi asked Beijing to respect New Delhi's sensitivities. On the other hand the Chinese President Xi Jinping sought underplayed the incidents of frequent border transgressions describing them as "certain incidents" that could be managed by both sides.
Addressing the media jointly after a 90-minute talk, both the leaders listed out measures including emphasis on Bangladesh-Myanmar-India-China (BMIC) corridor along with the opening up of the route to Manasarovar and Mount Kailash through Nathu La near Gangtok, Sikkim.

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