Report on the Tibetan Parliamentary delegation’s ongoing lobby at Delhi

Delhi: Since the departure of the delegation representing the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, spearheaded by Deputy Speaker Ven Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok and parliamentarian Ven Tenpa Yarphel of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, on 30 July 2017 till now, they had met with Indian parliamentarians from both houses concurring with the monsoon session and discussed on the urgent situations inside Tibet and entreated in garnering more support for the overall cause of Tibet.

From 31 July 2017 to 2 August 2017, complying with recess period of the ongoing monsoon parliamentary proceeding, the delegation were able to meet with 18 members of the six political parties of India, which the delegations haven’t had the opportunity to meet before. They illuminated the members on the pandemic urgent situation inside Tibet especially the escalating numbers of self-immolation both inside and outside Tibet since 2009. They also elucidated on the establishment of parliamentarian forums for Tibet in about 30 countries ever since the foundation of All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet in mid 1970’s and the accomplishment of holding six conventions by the World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet so far. They solicited the presence of the parliamentarians on the upcoming conclave of the All Party Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet, both verbally and in written.

The two-member Tibetan Parliamentary delegation with Indian Parliamentarians (top row): Shri Abhijit Mukherjee, Shri George Baker, Shri Lal Singh Vadodila, (second row) Shri Amar Sable, Shri H S Khalsa, Shri K C Ramamurthy, (bottom row) Shri Narender Jadhav, Shri Kunwar Haribansh Singh and Shri N K Premchand.

The parliamentarians said that they keep regular tabs on the issues of Tibet due to its significance on India. They also commented on how the Chinese government not only oppresses Tibet but also intimidate India by engaging in altercation with its borders, which makes the understanding and awareness on Tibet and its issues indispensable to them. They remarked that they were more enlightened on the issues of Tibet by the delegation’s visit and assured that they will raise the issues of Tibet in the parliamentary proceedings as well as during meetings among the various political parties of India.

Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phunstok and parliamentarian Ven Tenpa Yarphel with Indian members of Parliament (top row): Shmt Priyanka Singh Rawat, Shri Ramdas Chandraban, (middle row) Shri R K Sinha, Shri Rajesh Pandey, Shri Virender Kashyap, (bottom row) Shrirangh barne, Shri Prof Ram Sharma and Shmt Ranjeet Ranjan.

 

The program to meet the Indian parliamentarians and to hold the meeting with All Party Indian Parliamentarians Forum for Tibet at Delhi by the delegation from 31 July 2017 to 10 August is currently ongoing.