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Struggle for Tibet will remain non-violent: Rinpoche

October 20, 2009

Kumar Manish
Times of India
October 19, 2009

AHMEDABAD -- The world had seen the great fall of
the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of
powerful Soviet Union into independent nations, so
there is hope for the Tibet issue getting
resolved in the near future, said Tibetan Prime
Minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche.

Rinpoche was in the city to attend the 56th
convocation ceremony of Gujarat Vidyapith.

Rinpoche said, "It would be difficult to predict
a time when the Tibet tangle will end but circumstances can change."

Replying to the growing impatience' among Tibetan
youths, Rinpoche said, "People who are in favour
of violent methods to resolve the issue of Tibet
are in minority. Violence cannot bring solution
to these issues; it only complicates them. The
eye-opening examples are of Sri Lanka, Israel,
Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. We still believe
in our non-violent agitation for Tibet's autonomy and will continue with it."

"China has become offensive after the recent
Olympic Games held in Beijing in 2008. The
Chinese incursion into Arunachal Pradesh and
Sikkim in India are recent examples. Also, the
3,000-km-long border between India and China is
still under dispute. But the Indian government
has shown great maturity on this whole issue," he added.

Rinpoche reaffirmed that stability in India-China
relationship is of utmost importance for world
peace and also in favour of the Tibet cause.

Rinpoche expressed his satisfaction over the
Indian government's stand on Tibet imbroglio.
Rinpoche said, "In the last many years, several
political parties have come to power at the
Centre, but the official Indian position on Tibet
has remained the same since the Nehru era," he said.

Rincpoche said, "The Chinese government has been
involved in destabilising Tibet by drastically
changing the demographic nature of the region.
There is ongoing activity to make Tibetan voice a
minority in their own region."

"The other challenge which we are facing is
environmental degradation. Glaciers are melting
in the region while atomic pollution is increasing," he pointed out.
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