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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Sinha sulks, BJP mum

April 10, 2008

Rajesh Sinha
Daily News & Analysis, India
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 19

NEW DELHI: After former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha openly advocated
independence for Tibet, the BJP on Tuesday refrained from saying
anything on the issue.

"Tibet has acquired centre stage," was all that party general secretary
Arun Jaitley said to questions on the subject. The Indian government's
position since 1954 has been that it accepted Tibet as an autonomous
region of China and it continued under the NDA regime.

Sinha, speaking at a seminar organised by an RSS body on Monday,
deviated from the BJP line and the stated Indian position, taking a
stronger and more hardline stance on the question of Tibet.

The RSS, Sinha said, had always consistently been in favour of
independence for Tibet. "And Jaiprakash Narain was also in favour of
freedom for Tibet," he added.

Sinha exhorted the Dalai Lama to give up the 'middle path' and demand
independence for Tibet. He said the Dalai Lama should not worry about
any restrictions on doing politics from Indian soil.
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