Kerala: Parliamentarians Migyur Dorjee and Lobsang Gyatso Sither, who are in the Kerala city of Thiruvananthapuram for Tibet advocacy, met with Shri. A. K. Balan, CPM Central Committee member, a former Lok Sabha member on 21 August 2023. At the meeting, the parliamentarians briefed him on the prevailing situations inside Tibet and presented him with a copy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book “My Land and My People”, along with the appeal letter from the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
The parliamentarians also met with Shri. K. Surendran, the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state of Kerala and shared concerns about what is happening inside Tibet. Upon their urging, Shri. K. Surendran assured the parliamentarians to relay their concerns about happenings inside Tibet to the party’s senior leadership. At the meeting, the parliamentarians also presented the party leader with a copy of His Holiness’ book “My Land and My People” and an appeal letter from the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
The parliamentarians also called on Shri. K. K. Ragesh, former MP of the Rajya Sabha and currently the private secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, briefed him on the purpose of the state advocacy visit.
In the evening, the parliamentarians met with Hon’ble Shri Arif Mohammed Khan , Governor of Kerala at the Raj Bhavan and briefed him about the state advocacy efforts by the Tibetan Parliament and the dire situation inside Tibet. The parliamentarians presented the Hon’ble Governor with the official memento from the Tibetan Parliament and the speaker’s appeal letter. After the briefing, the parliamentarians were invited for dinner by Hon’ble Governor, where the parliamentarians also met with Shri. Suresh Khanna, Minister of Finance and Parliamentary Affairs, Uttar Pradesh who was also a guest at the dinner hosted by the Governor.
The parliamentarians met with Sri. G. S. Babu, General Secretary, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee on 22nd August. During the meeting, they shared with him the goals for the state advocacy program and briefed him on the situation inside Tibet. The parliamentarians presented him with a copy of “My Land and My People” along with the appeal letter from the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament. After that, the parliamentarians paid a visit to the Tibetans in Varkala.
-Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat