DHARAMSHALA: An 8-member delegation headed by Mr. Pankaj Jamwal, President of Tibet Support Group based at Bir/Chauntra in northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, visited the Central Tibetan Administration today. They also attended the morning session of the Tibetan Parliament.
Dicki Chhoyang, Kalon of the Department of Information and International Relations, met the visiting Tibetan supporters. Kalon thanked them for their concern towards the Tibet issue, and underlined the historical religious and cultural ties between Tibet and India. “India is home to the largest Tibetan community in exile. And we are grateful to the Indian government and people for their generous hospitality,” she said. Kalon Dicki Chhoyang was accompanied by Secretaries Dagpo Sonam Norbu and Mr. Tashi Phuntsok.
DIIR Kalon also talked about the general environment of Indo-Tibetan relations and the various initiatives of the Central Tibetan Administration to boost communal harmony and mutual co-operation. She said “The Indo-Tibetan relations is based on three levels. One level is the Indian government’s policy on the Tibet issue. The second is the outreach in the broader Indian civil society specially to young Indians about different issues pertaining to Tibet. And the third is the outreach at micro level, in terms of inter communal harmony. The relationship between the Indian and Tibetan community where there are large Tibetan settlements.”
She also talked about the outreach programs of Tibetan organisations to affirm cultural affinity between the Indian and Tibetan people in the cities. “We also have the India Tibet Co-ordination Office based in New Delhi. They hold programs on Tibet in various Indian universities. They bring Indian college students mainly media students to Dharamshala and give them guided tours in the Tibetan community in exile. There is also an organisation called Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which bring Indian university students here under their Gurukul program for cultural immersion. They apprise Indian youths about Tibetan arts and crafts, religion, and also the Tibetan political situation. So, we encourage such activities every year,” she said.
She also urged them to continue their support to the Tibetan people and extended the Tibetan administration’s assistance in organising any cultural or solidarity events.
The Indian delegation assured their continued support and expressed their genuine concern to the Tibetan issue. They also proposed a few suggestions to boost relations between the two communities. They called for introduction to Buddhism classes for local Indian students and joint cultural performances to learn about each other’s heritage.
The Bir/Chauntra chapter of Tibet Support Group was formed in April this year with the sincere efforts of the Tibetan settlement office and Tibetans and local Indians living in the area.