DHARAMSHALA: As per invitation forwarded by the 16th Tibetan Parliament and a member of All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet, Mr George Baker, honourable member of 16th Lok Sabha graced the 59th anniversary of the commemoration of Tibetan National Uprising Day here in Dharamshala on 10 March.
Mr George Baker was received by Speaker and the Deputy Speaker at the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat on 9 March. He was taken to the parliamentary hall, wherein he was briefed on the composition of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, its procedure etc.
Next day, Mr Baker addressed the commemorative event of the 59th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day as its chief guest. The event was held at Tsuklagkhang temple, Mcleod Ganj.
The Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat hosted working dinner in honour of the Indian MP, at Hotel Tibet, Mcleod Ganj later that evening. The working dinner commenced with the introductory remarks by Deputy Speaker, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok.
He introduced the members of the Standing Committee and staff of the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat.
The dignitaries later engaged in a lively and constructive discussion on wide-ranging issues of common interest, from the importance of using one’s language to the necessity of conserving the environment.
Calling the clearing away of trees and vegetation for infrastructural construction as the worst development, Mr Baker stated that while other call it development, it only contributes in even more pollution and ecological degradation. He said, “We carry our communication in our pocket but at what price? It has now become a necessary evil”.
They also talked about the evolutionary progress of Tibetan democracy, from the development and evolution of the operation of electoral system to the candidate contestant procedures.
The dignitaries shared anecdotes and incidents which aroused laughter among the dignitaries, creating an amiable atmosphere. The dinner got over with Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel presenting a traditional Tibetan Thangka of Lord Buddha on behalf of Tibetan Parliament as a token of their appreciation and gratitude.
Mr Baker arrived in Dharamshala on 9 March.
-Filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat-