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Appeal to all Fellow Parliamentarians

September 11, 2011

Dear Friend,
 
Since the time of our great leaders like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, Sri Jai Prakash Narayan, Sri M.C. Chagla, Acharya J.B. Kripalani, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya, Baba Saheb Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar and many others, we have vehemently raised our voice in Parliament and outside against the naked Chinese aggression of Tibet and its illegal occupation by China.
 
During the seventies of the last century, Sri M.C. Chagla set up the All Party Indian Parliamentarians Forum for Tibet (APIPFT). Though after him the Forum did lose some of its steam but the Tibetan cause continued to be espoused by many Parliamentarians on various platforms.
 
In September 1987, His Holiness the Dalai Lama proposed a Five Point Peace Plan to the world community in order to resolve the Tibetan issue and the proposal was formally supported by 212 Indian Parliamentarians in 1988.
 
Under the guidance and presence of the late Shri Madhu Limiye, a meeting of APIPFT was held in which Sri Mohan Singh took over the responsibility of Convener of the Forum and Sri George Fernandes was appointed its Chairman. This resulted in the successful holding of the First World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet (WPCT) in New Delhi from March 18 to 20, 1994. Further, during the efficient tenure of Sri Mohan Singh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama honoured us by delivering a speech to the Parliamentarians in Parliament House Annex which witnessed participation from 110 senior Parliamentarians including the late Sri Nijilingappa and Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The second World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet was held in Lithuania from May 26 to 28, 1995; the third at Washington D.C. from April 23 to 24, 1997. All these conferences saw active participation from the members of All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet. During the Lithuanian convention, Sri George Fernandes, Sri Mohan Singh and Sri T.N. Chaturvedi represented the APIPFT and Sri Brij Bushan Tiwari and Dr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma participated in the Washington D.C. conference. The fourth convention was held at Edinburgh on November 18 and 19, 2005 in which the then Convener Sri Bashistha Narain Singh and 10 other members of APIPFT took part. Sri Takam Sanjoy, Sri Brij Bushan Tiwari and Sri O.T. Lepcha participated in the fifth WPCT held in Rome on November 18 and 19, 2009.
 
On May 16, 2002, the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet was reconstituted and Sri. T.N. Chaturvedi, Sri Satyavrat Chaturvedi, Sri Bashistha Narain Singh, Sri Kharabela Swain, Sri Mohan Singh, Smt. Pratibha Singh and Sri P.D. Gyamtso were appointed as Conveners.
 
On Feb 24, 2011 the APIPFT met and decided to appoint Sri Yashwant Sinha as Convener and Sri Mohan Singh, Dr. Thokchom Meinya, Smt. Chandresh Kumari, Janab Hassan Khan, Sri Jayant Chaudhary, Sri Anant K. Hegde as co-conveners and Sri C.M. Chang, Sri P.D. Rai, Sri Takam Sanjoy, Sri O.T. Lepcha, Sri Kirti Azad, Sri Mangani Lal Mandal, Sri Upendra Kushwaha, Sri Sidhant Mohapathra, Sri Manjhi Hari, Sri Murarilal Singh as core-members. We have taken up our responsibilities in right earnest. In our first meeting we decided that we must continue to work for the Tibetan cause for the following reasons:
 
1.         His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has been in India for more than 50 years and has continuously struggled for justice for the Tibetan people.
2.         His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not only the leader of the Tibetan people but the whole world respects him as a leader who works for peace and humanity.
3.         India must now take a leading role in the international arena on the question of survival of the Tibetan identity.
4.         The Government of India and the Parliamentarians of India must join the world leaders and the world community to voice their concern over human rights violations and religious repression in Tibet.
5.         We should support the on-going dialogue process between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Communist party of China and also strengthen the democratic movement of the diaspora Tibetans.
6.         It is our moral responsibility to rectify our past mistakes in the handling of the Tibetan issue.
 
On behalf of APIPFT, I appeal to the Parliament Members of both Houses to kindly join and support the APIPFT and the genuine cause of Tibet and its people.
 
I shall await your response at your earliest convenience.
 
Yours sincerely,
 


Yashwant Sinha
Convener
 
Dated: 18th August 2011

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