Chandigarh: After successfully concluding their advocacy tour in Uttarakhand and meetings with Governor, CM, and speaker, a four-memeber Tibetan parliamentary delegation commenced their official engagements in the states of Punjab and Haryana from 7 October.
The parliamentary delegation includes Dawa Tsering, Ven Khenpo Jamphal Tenzin, Samten Chodon and Tashi Dhondup.
On 8 October, the delegation met with Mr Virender Bhadiya, Editor, Indian Express to discuss on dissemination of information and news to others. Thereafter, they also met with Shri Prem Chand, RSS Chandigarh President, Shri Sanjay Tandon, BJP President, Smt Latika Sharma, MLA and Vice President of Women Cell, Shri Rajendra Sharma, President of All India Bharat-Tibbat Sahyog Manch and Former President of Chandigarh Indo Tibetan Friendship, Shri Ashwani Prashar, Vice President of Chandigarh Indo Tibetan Friendship.
Next day, the delegation called upon Shri Gian Chand Gupta, MLA Haryana, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria, Member of the Lok Sabha and his wife Smt Bhanto Kataria, Vice President of BJP Haryana and Director of Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), Shri Pardeep Chhabra, President of Chandigarh Congress, Shri Vinod Rana, Chandigarh Congress Secretary, Shri Karan Vir Singh Rana, Chandigarh Congress Secretary.
The delegation expressed their gratitude to the Indian dignitaries, the people and the government of India on behalf of all the Tibetans and Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.
They briefed them on the endeavors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the composition and functions of the Tibetan Parliament. They also elucidated on the historical relationship and the tradition shared between Tibet and India, with India being the land of holy Buddhist pilgrimage while stressing on the significance of sustaining the symbolic Guru-Chela relationship between the two and raising awareness about it among the youths.
They supplicated the respective personages to initiate discussion on Tibet whenever bilateral meetings are held between the government of India and China and to render their support to the cause and issues of Tibet. The delegation highlighted the 152 self-immolations carried out by Tibetan inside Tibet in protest against the brutal policies, which is aimed at obliteration of Tibetan culture and language, by the Chinese government.
While apprising them on the inculcation of ancient Indian tradition and culture by the Tibetans, the delegation expressed the indebtedness and gratitude felt by every Tibetans to the people and government of India.
The respective dignitaries were presented with Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat’s souvenir and the five-point appeal letter as they extended the invitation to visit Dharamsala, which is the seat of exile Tibetan administration.
Later, the Tibetan MPs called on a press conference to raise awareness on the ongoing Tibet advocacy campaign and interacted with local journalists. Over members of various media attended the conference.
-Filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat