Indians Attend Seminar on Middle Way Policy


April 17, 2013 5:12 pm

DIIR Secretary Mr Tashi Phuntsok (c) addressing Indian supporters at a seminar on the Middle-Way Approach held at Hotel Tibet in Dharamsala, India, on 17 April 2013/Photo/Tenzin Sangmo/VOA

DHARAMSHALA: The Department of Information and International Relation (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration today organised a seminar titled ‘Middle Way Policy Awareness Program’ in Dharamsala. It was attended by Indian supporters based in Dharamsala region.

The seminar was organised to garner meaningful and lasting support for the aspirations of the Tibetan people.

Addressing the seminar, DIIR Secretary Tashi Phuntsok expressed gratitude to the government and people of India, and supporters present at the seminar. He emphasised the importance of such seminar, saying that it would pave a way to better understanding of all the underlying circumstances upon which majority of Tibetan people have chosen to follow the Middle Way policy through a democratic process.

He further stated that “to understand the Middle Way Policy, it is most important to understand the reality of current situation of the Tibet issue. Almost every government in the world has accepted the One China Policy and with the growing China’s influence in almost all spheres of international affairs, our priority is set to preserve the Tibetan identity, culture and spiritualism from extinction. The Middle Way policy which is supported by many governments, and the growing support from Chinese people can resolve the issue of Tibet in this difficult situation.”

During an interactive session, Ajay Singh Mankotia, president of the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association who was one of the participant, asked whether all the Tibetans accept the Middle Way policy. Mr Tashi Phuntsok responded that the Tibetan community in exile is bestowed with a democratic form of governance since 1960s. The Middle Way Policy was unanimously adopted by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile with more than 64 percent of the Tibetan populace supporting it in a referendum, he said.