November 12, 2010
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Statement of Shri L.K Advani, Former Indian Deputy Minister Prime Minister, who was the chief guest at the Sixth International Conference of Tibet Support Groupsheld at Surajkund, Haryana, India, from 5 – 7 November 2010

Twice during this year have I had the good fortune and privilege of sharing the dais with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.The
first occasion was during the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar in April. I have
already written about the two events where we were together – one the
launching of the Hindu Encyclopedia and the second the Sparsh Ganga
project launched by the Uttarakhand State Government to cleanse the
Ganga. Last week at the Suraj Kund near Delhi, the Tibet Support Groups
across the world organised their Sixth International Conference.This
three-day Conference (November 5-7) was attended by the Dalai Lama. I
was asked to inaugurate the Conference which I did. The Conference was
attended by over 260 delegates drawn from 56 countries of the world.This
was the sixth such conference. The last one was held at Brussels. But
this was the first time there were participants from mainland China and
these strongly supported the Tibetan cause.In my address to
this international gathering of Tibetans, I recalled my meeting with
the Chinese President Mr. Hu Jintao in New Delhi during his visit to
India in November 2006, At this meeting I had urged the Chinese leader
to create conditions in China which could enable the Dalai Lama to
visit Tibet before the Beijing Olympics in October, 2006.
Unfortunately, I said, China missed the opportunity.Beijing, I
mentioned in my address, should reach out to the Dalai Lama with the
intention of a sincere and genuine dialogue. There can hardly be a more
reasonable and peace-loving interlocutor for the resolution of the
Tibetan issue than this living embodiment of the teachings of the
Buddha.In India’s long history, it has never sent armies to
conquer other lands and establish an ‘Indian Empire’. I am reminded
here of the tribute that Hu Shih (1891–1962), a renowned liberal
Chinese scholar and China’s Ambassador to USA, paid to civilisational
India: “India conquered and dominated Tibet culturally for twenty
centuries without ever having sent a single soldier across her border.”Civilisational
India has given shelter to many persecuted communities. Among them were
Zoroastrians, who had to leave their homeland. They could not go back
because there was no homeland left for them. Almost everything of their
religion was destroyed and they could stay back in Persia only by
ceasing to follow their religion. Thus, they accepted the caring
embrace of Mother India forever.But that is not the case with
the people of Tibet. They have their homeland, which is very dear to
them. It is the land of their ancestors. It is the land of their
magnificent monasteries. It is the land of bountiful natural wealth. It
is their Holy Land.And even though a lot of atrocities have
been committed and much of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibet
has been damaged — most of all during China’s shockingly mis-named
‘Cultural Revolution (1967-77)—, Tibet continues to be the Home Land
and Holy Land of the Tibetan people.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Shri L K Advani in Haridwar, India, Saturday, 3 April 2010/AP Photo

I do hope and pray that a day will come soon when His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and other Tibetan people living in forced exile are able to
go back to their Home Land and Holy Land in an honourable and dignified
way, and thereafter be able to build the future destiny of Tibet.The
course of world events during the twentieth century depended very much
on the relationship between Washington and Moscow. The latter part of
the last century witnessed the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, the
unification of Germany, and the disintegration of the U.S.S.R. It was
then that Francis Fukuyama wrote his famous book “The End of History”.
It was veritably an epitaph for Marxism.I have a feeling that I
shared with the Tibetan conclave last week that relationship between
India and China will be one of the key determinants of the course of
world history in the 21st century. There is no alternative, I said, to
peaceful coexistence between India and China.Despite our acute
sense of betrayal by China in 1962 (Pandit Nehru actually could not
bear the shock of that let-down), Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, first as
E.A. Minister in Morarji Bhai’s Government and later as Prime Minister
of the NDA Government for six year consciously exerted towards
achieving this end.I wish China realised that its expansionist
statements such as those in relation to Arunachal and its tacit support
to Pakistan’s hostile attitude towards India are stumbling blocks in
the way of restoring normalcy between our two countries.”China
and India are now recognised world wide as the two emerging great
powers of Asia in the current century. A highly commended book just
published focusing on a comparison between these two countries has been
written by Raghav Bahl, founder, controlling share holder and editor of
Network 18. India’s largest news and business television network which
is home to CNN and CNBC in the country.
The book bears a tell-tale title : “SUPER POWER? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise.” The
cover flap of this book sums up the author’s analysis in the following
words: “In the race to superpower status, who is likely to breast the
tape – China’s hare or India’s tortoise? China’s awe-inspiring sweep,
compared to India’s relatively mild rise, could tempt an easy answer.
But history unfolds over time, and Bahl argues that the winner of the
race with biggest stakes ever might not be determined by who is
investing more and growing faster today, but by something slightly more
intangible – who has superior innovative skills and more
entrepreneurial savvy and is grappling with and expanding in the most
intensely competitive conditions.”It’s a MUST READ book!

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