Dharamshala: Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Assembly, Dr Rajeev Bindal and RSS leader, Shri Indresh Kumar, chief patron of Himalaya Pariwar and Bharat Tibbat Sayog Manch presided over ‘India-Tibet Correlations Meet’ at Yongling School on 4 December. Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health, CTA also attended the panel talk.
The event was jointly organised by Himalaya Pariwar and Tibetan Settlement Office, Dharamshala.
Settlement Officer, Dawa Rinchen delivered welcome remarks and acknowledged the presence of the Himachal Pradesh Speaker, Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk and the RSS leader.
Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk greeted the Indian leaders in his inaugural remarks.
Kalon raised the current environmental issues faced by Tibetans inside Tibet as a result of the excessive mining and unchecked constructions in Tibetan regions.
“Chinese authorities have been conducting excessive mining, development and dam construction projects in the Tibetan areas. Such unchecked activities are proving extremely hazardous for the local Tibetans in the region. We are witnessing increased occurrences of landslides and rise of temperature on the plateau. Most recently, the Bolu Township in Jomda and Palyul region of eastern Tibet were hit by such induced disasters,” Kalon said.
He also highlighted the increasingly extreme repression of Tibetan language, religion and expression under the Chinese government.
“Atleast 154 Tibetans have self-immolated to protest the Chinese government. Such sacrifices by Tibetans in Tibet evidence that repression in Tibet under the Chinese rule is making lives unlivable,” Kalon said, urging the Chinese Government to address the legitimate grievances of people in Tibet.
Elaborating on global support for Tibet, he spoke about the passage of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act by the US House of Representatives on 25 September this year and the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s unanimously support for the Act.
Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Assembly, Dr Rajeev Bindal and RSS leader, Shri Indresh Kumar, chief patron of Himalaya Pariwar and Bharat Tibbat Sayog Manch also spoke in support of the Tibetan people and voiced their concerns regarding the situations inside Tibet.