Published By Tenzin Phende
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Ven Khenpo Sonam Tenphel with other dignitaries on the dais during a talk by Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

Dharamshala: As per the invitation proffered by National Democratic Party of Tibet to speak on ‘Democracy and Unity’ at four Tibetan settlements in Southern India, Speaker of 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel was welcomed and greeted, upon his arrival at Hubli airport on 14 July by Chief Representative of Southern Tibetan Settlements and Mundgod Doeguling Tibetan Settlement’s Chairman of Local Tibetan Assembly as well as its Secretary, Chairman of Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement, President of both center and local National Democratic Party of Tibet and members of the Co-operative society.

He was then escorted to Mungod Drepung Loseling Guest-House, where the representatives of the various monasteries, Secretary of the Co-operative Society, Principals and Teachers of various schools, Directors of Tibetan clinics, members of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan Women Association, as well as the camp leaders of Tibetan settlement, greeted the Speaker of 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

On 15 July in pursuant to the pre-defined program by the National Democratic Party of Tibet, Speaker Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel elucidated on ‘Democracy and Unity’ to the Tibetan public at Doeguling Tibetan Settlement, Mundgod and provided answers to the questions raised by the audience.

In keeping with the invitation proffered to Former-Kalon Gyari Dolma, she also spoke on the same topic. Later in the evening, Speaker addressed the monks at Drepung Lachi and answered the questions raised by the monks. Khen Rinpoche (Abbot) of the monastery was also present at the event.

On 16 July, in accordance with the request by the above Tibetan settlement’s Local Tibetan Assembly, Speaker spoke on the power and responsibilities of the Local Tibetan Assembly and the significance of rendering one’s service with right moral and virtue. Clear and definite answers were provided by the Speaker during the question-answer session. Thereafter, he visited the Tibetan settlement office and Old-Age home in the settlement, led by its Tibetan Settlement Officer.

In the noon, 22 different institutions and non-governmental organisations organised an official lunch in honor of Speaker and then, in the evening, Speaker addressed the monks at Gaden Lachi and engaged in a question-answer session with the monks.

With the successful conclusion of the program at the above-mentioned Tibetan settlement, the representatives of both governmental and non-governmental organisations at Doeguling Tibetan Settlement, Mundgod saw off the Tibetan Parliamentary Speaker, who left for Tibetan settlements in Bylakuppe from Hubli.

-Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat- 

Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel speaking at Drepung Lachi Monastery.

Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel speaking to a public of Mundgod on the topic “Democracy and Unity.”

Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel speaking to the monks in Lachi Monastery.

Tibetans in Mundgod asking a question to the speaker after his talk.


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