Dharamsala : A group of 15 students and two professors from the Denver University, USA visited the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat on 12 December. This visit is part of yearly cultural exchange program initiated by Tibet World, an NGO founded in 2013 at McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.
Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok welcomed them and addressed on the nexus of the Central Tibetan Administration as well as the composition and the functions of the Tibetan Parliamentary. He also elucidated them on the Central Tibetan Administration’s the source of financial aids, the proceedings of parliamentary sessions, its two sessions, their respective features, and the functions of the standing committee.
Additionally, he briefed them regarding the World Parliamentarian Conventions on Tibet (WPCT), as well as meetings with various parliamentarians, think tanks and Tibet support groups, both nationally and internationally, to apprise them of the Tibetan cause.
While explaining about the critical situation inside Tibet and the escalating number of self-immolations, he said, “We are not anti-Chinese nor are we spreading any propagandist campaigns. Propagandism will never garner genuine support. For instance, in Tibet, youth as young as 15 years old self-immolate for the freedom inside Tibet calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama despite the numerous attempts of cultural assimilation and propagandist campaigns by the Chinese government.” He, then, entreated them to be au fait with the Tibetan history and its issue and seek support for the cause of Tibet from their respective parliamentarians and leaders based on its historical truth and facts.
He expressed his gratitude for managing their time and energy to learn about the Tibetan culture, its issues and facts. The group later dispersed after and interactive session of question and answers.
-Report filed by Tibetan Parlimantary Secretariat-