Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile welcomes George Baker, member of Lok Sabha, Indian Parliament
Dharamsala : As per the solicitation to George Baker, member of 16th Lok Sabha and a member of All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet, for his attendance in Central Tibetan Administration’s program by the Tibetan Parliamentary delegation to Delhi during the last monsoon session, he duly attended the 59th Tibetan Uprising anniversary function as the commemorative program’s ‘Chief Guest’ on 10th March, 2018.
He reached Dharamsala on March 9 and was received by both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker when he visited the Tibetan Parliament Secretariat on the same day at 4:30 pm. He was taken to the parliamentary hall, wherein he was elucidated on the composition of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, its procedure etc.
He later addressed the gathering at Tsuklagkhang temple at Mcleod Ganj during the official commemorative program of 59th Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day.
At 6:30 pm, the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat hosted working dinner for the Chief Guest at Hotel Tibet, Mcleod Ganj. The working dinner commenced with the introduction of the members of the standing committees and the staffs of the Parliament Secretariat by the Deputy Speaker, Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phunstok. Thereafter, the dignitaries later engaged in a lively and constructive discussion over the working dinner as hosted by the Tibetan Parliament Secretariat. They had a 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 constructions as the worst development, 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 on the evolutionary progress of Tibetan democracy, from the development and evolution in the operation of electoral system to the candidate contestant procedures. The dignitaries also shared anecdotes and incidents which aroused laughter among the dignitaries, creating an amiable atmosphere. The dinner got over with the Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel presenting a traditional Tibetan Lord Buddha thankgka on behalf of Tibetan Parliament in Exile as a gesture of their appreciation and gratitude.