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Shimla revisits independence of Tibet

November 4, 2009

Phayul correspondent
October 30, 2009

Shimla, October 29 - At a time when India is
visibly disturbed by China’s vehement territorial
claim over Arunachal Pradesh a group of Tibetan
scholars converged in the hills of Shimla from
different parts of India to discuss independence
of Tibet. Lukar Jam, an independent research
scholar, called this meeting creating a unique
platform called the ‘Young Intellectuals Forum’.
Recalling the historical significance of Shimla
as the place where the 1914 Shimla Agreement was
signed he said “we have brought with our
discussion a revisit of independence of Tibet to Shimla”.

The two-day conference was held at a hotel in
Shimla on 28th and 29th of October 2009. On the
inaugural day two prominent Indian supporters
spoke in support of Tibetan independenc. Prof VS
Negi from the Himachal Pradesh university is the
president of Indo-Tibetan friendship society and
Tarsem Bharati is the vice-president of Bharat-Tibbat Sahyog Manch.

The participants of the conference paid a visit
to the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies which
is believed to be hosting a copy of the document
of the 1914 Shimla Accord. And by coincidence the
young band ran into Indian historian Ramachandra
Guha who spoke to the group and highly
appreciated the "dignity and strength of
compassion with which Tibetans are running the
struggle, showing resilience in the face of difficult times".

Among the band of young research scholars,
writers and activists the visible faces are the
usual suspects: Lukar Jam, Tenzin Tsundue,
Dhondup Lhadhar, Phuntsok Wangchuk, Chime
Youndrung and several others. Serta Tsultrim, the
youngest Member of the Tibetan Parliament was
also present, while Shingtsa Rinpoche, a
prominent lama from the Sera Monastery was the
guest of honour. The presence of these young guns
attracted much attention from the Indian intelligence and the media.

The topic of discussion ranged from challenges
the Tibetan independence movement is facing to
ways and means to achieve their goal.
Responsibilities of the youth in the struggle was
the focus of the two-day conference as there were
some college students studying in different
universities in India also participating in the conference.

The conference expressed confidence that the
Tibetan struggle would not only survive but grow
in dynamism after His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Dhondup Lhadhar, General Secretary of Tibetan
Youth Congress who was there in his personal
capacity said: “Our history and culture are
pillars of our strength and the Tibetan struggle
is not an issue for one or two generations, until
Tibet’s independence is not re-established the struggle must go on”.

The group agreed that more such youth initiatives
must be planned and the meeting should be
considered a part of the process in creating a
serious independence movement which can garner
physical strength and ideological studies. One of
the resolutions also called for organizing a
large convention on the independence of Tibet in
2012 to mark 100 years of reclamation of the
independence of Tibet by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama.

Lukar Jam thanked all individuals and
organization who supported his initiative and
pledged to hold more such conferences in the future.
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