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All India Tibet Support Groups' Conference underway in Chandigarh

June 30, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
June 29, 2008

New Delhi, June 29 -- The two day All India Tibet Support Groups' Conference organized by India Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO) based in New Delhi kicked off yesterday at the Agrasen Bhavan in Chandigarh, Punjab. Inaugurated by Former Indian Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp notable figures included Prime Minister of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari, Bashistha Narain national convener of the All Party Paliamentarian Forum of Tibet, Dr. NK Trikha from the India Tibet Friendship Society and Dr Kuldip Agnihotri of Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch.

Working groups of the Tibet support network aim at elevating awareness at national and regional level with action plans and program on Tibet in Indian educational institutions. They will also reflect on detailed courses on seeking support and encouragement from Members of the Indian Parliament and other political parties for the Tibet cause.

Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari briefed on the current state of affairs in Tibet and the progression of the dialogue process between representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government.

Speaking to the audience Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha said, "We will say that we are interested in friendship with China, are interested in furthering our relationship with China but it has to be on the basis of respect for each other and on the basis of mutual interest and there must be trust in this relationship. If China lays claim to Indian territories like Arunachal Pradesh it does not help build trust."

Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche in his statement said, "There is no need to elaborate. Indian people should know what their best national interest is and if you have a certain doubt that the Tibet issue which you have taken up might cause problem for Indian national concern then you must have the courage to give up the Tibet subject."

He further added that with the rail line now running into Lhasa, China is already planning to extend it to India's northeastern states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Hence it is always wise for India to be aware of her neighbor's moves.

The All India Tibet Support Groups' Conference conference is scheduled to end today.
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