Dharamsala : At 11 am in the morning, a group of 70 students including 5 PhD scholars cum faculties from the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras, Chennai visited the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat to learn about Central Tibetan Administration and the struggle for Tibet’s cause, co-ordinated by Mr. Tsewang Dorji Jeshong, a PhD scholar at the same university.
The Deputy Speaker Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok welcomed them in the Parliamentary hall and addressed them on the nexus of the Central Tibetan Administration as well as the composition, evolution of democracy in exiled Tibetan community and the functions of the Tibetan Parliamentary. He also elucidated them on the proceedings of parliamentary sessions, its two sessions, their respective features and the functions of the standing committee. Additionally, he briefed them regarding the World Parliamentarian Conventions on Tibet (WPCT), as well as meetings with various parliamentarians, think tanks and Tibet support groups, both nationally and internationally, to apprise them of the Tibet’s cause.
He also elucidated them on history of Tibet before the invasion of People’s Republic of China and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama’s global achievements. As he explained the age-old relationship between India and Tibet, he said, ‘we are not only bound together by the geographical frontier and religion-cultural but also bound together anthropologically according to the ancient history of Tibetan sovereignty tracing back to the first emperor of Tibet, Emperor Nyatri Tsenpo.’
He also talked about the Middle Way Approach, stating that resumption of dialogue between the government of China and the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the only solution to resolve the issue of Tibet. He, then, entreated them to be au fait with the Tibetan history and its issue and seek support for the cause of Tibet from their respective parliamentarians and leaders based on its historical truth and facts.
He expressed his gratitude for managing their time and energy to learn about the Tibetan culture, its issues and facts despite the rain and cold weather.