Dialogue Fruitful if Acceptable for Both Sides, Says ATPD’S Vice Chair
|Ms. Dolma Gyari talking to reporters,(Photo: Neeraj Sharma, The Tribune)|
Dharamsala, 6 September 2003: Ms. Dolma Gyari, the first woman Vice Chairperson of the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies, expressed her disappointment over the gross violation of human rights in Tibet saying that a systematic genocide was forced on to the Tibetan people in Tibet to erode the rich cultural heritage of Tibet.
Ms. Dolma was speaking to the students of S.D. College, Ambala, on September 3, a day after the Tibetan Democracy Day. Accompanying her was Ms. Dolkar Lhamo, a member of the Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies.
Condemning the illegal Chinese occupation of Tibet, Ms. Dolma said that the Tibetan women are denied the basic rights of motherhood in Tibet.
” Coercive sterilization is being carried out as women are being lured to marry outside Tibetan ethnic groups”, the Hindustan Times quoted Ms. Dolma as saying.
Ms. Dolma told the gathering of Indian students and press that India and Tibet’s affiliation dates back to ancient times and that histories of both the nations stand testimony to this fact.
” Tibet has got the gift of Buddhism from India, Kailash and Mansarovar are the symbols of cultural; affinity and Tibetan script has its origin in Sanskrit”, Ms. Dolma remarked.
The Central Tibetan Administration’s China policy was made clear by Ms. Dolma who said Dharamsala is not seeking independence from China but a genuine autonomy within the framework of the People’s Republic of China.
“Our fight is not for independence but for ‘self -rule’ within the existing Communist set-up there”, she said.
Talking to tibet.net about the recent renewal of ties with China, Ms. Dolma said ” The dialogue between Beijing and Dharamsala can only be fruitful if it can lead to a negotiation which could be acceptable both to Beijing and the people of Tibet “.
Ms. Dolma Gyari and Ms. Dolkar Lhamo were in Ambala on the invitation of S.D College, Ambala, to give lectures on “Sino Indian Relations and Tibet’s Identity”.