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Tibetans in exile voice their problems in a round table symposium

February 9, 2009

February 7th, 2009
by ANI

Dharamshala, Feb 7 (ANI): Tibetans living in-exile here discussed their
problems and shared their experiences with the officials of the District
administration in a round table conference.

The conference named ”50-years of exile and 50-years of togetherness”
was organised by the Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution (TCCR) on
Friday in an endeavour to share the experiences of living in India and
also to bridge the communication gap between locals and the Tibetans.

TCCR is a non-profitable, educational organisation dedicated to the
non-violent management of conflicts in the Tibetan Community and the
world as a whole.
Apart from the Tibetans, several social activists, local leaders, top
brass of the State police and other officials attended this
pro-interactive meeting.

Many issues concerning both the communities were discussed at this meet,
the first of its kind.

“The main objective of this seminar was to build partnership between the
two communities Indians and Tibetans. Their 50 years in exile here and
whatever problems they have faced here and whatever benefits they have
gained here,” said Shubhra Tiwari, Assistant Superintendent of Police,
Dharamshala.

On their part, the Tibetans felt that it was a good effort as they set
forth many issues, which otherwise were neglected.

“I think it is extremely important because many times we have
conferences, big conferences and seminars where we talk about the
political level, and small community level issues are not addressed at
all. I think this kind of round table where people from big
organisations and offices are present, but, at the same time, we are
talking small grass-root issues. So these interactive sessions have
potential about bringing things which are hidden, which are not really
spoken off,” said Sonam, Associate Director, Tibetan Centre for Conflict
Resolution.

Chinese troops occupied Tibet in 1950 and thousands of Tibetans
including the Dalai Lama fled the mountainous region in 1959 after a
failed uprising against Chinese rule.

Although Tibetan exiled spiritual leader’’s faith has been reportedly
faltering in the Chinese Government, the Dalai Lama says that he has
faith in China’’s people on whom he pins his hope for an eventual change
in the Chinese policy towards Tibet.

Envoys of the Dalai Lama and Chinese held talks in 2008 after a series
of riots in Tibet that were the most serious challenge to Chinese rule
in the mountainous region for nearly two decades. (ANI)
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