By Tenzin Dickyi
Photo by TYC
Last November, we saw hundreds of Tibetans living in exile in India demonstrating and protesting against Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to state. As many as around 73 Tibetan activists were then taken into custody by the Indian police here in New Delhi alone who tried to breach security and reach Hu and there were many more in the list at Agra and Mumbai police station. But that was not the end.
Once again the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) today staged a procession here in New Delhi to strongly condemn the visit of Chinese Vice - Foreign Minister and Special Representative Mr. Dai Bingguo, who is on a two day official visit to attend 9th round of border talks with Indian counterparts due to take place on January 17-18, 2007.
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According to TYC, any agreement between India and China at the cost of the interest of the six million Tibetans can never be accepted by the Tibetan people and will clearly lack the legitimacy for the lasting solution. A memorandum was also submitted to the Honorable Prime Minister of India on this visit of Chinese Vice - Foreign Minister and Special Representative Mr. Dai Bingguo to India to disucss Border issue.
In this light, the protestors of about 150 in number gathered to take part in this demonstration from Jantar Mantar to Parliament Street trying to interrupt the talks on boundary issue. The determined Tibetans were so commited and in high spirit to condemn this round of border talk.
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The participants for today’s procession are from Tibetans residing in Majnuka Tilla Tibetan Refugee Colony and Ladakh Budh Vihar, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Majnuka Tilla and Rohini.
Information Secretary for TYC, Mr. Dhondup Dorjee addressed the gathering and delivered the intorductory speech highlighting the reasons for holding this procession. ‘Chinese does not have the legitimate rights to discuss and decide on Tibet’s territorial Boundary’, he adds. He further expressed the strong determination to continue such protest until the justice is fully served.
A minute-long mourning in memory of brave Tibetan martyrs was observed. The protest demonstration eventually concluded with prayers and national anthem.Below is the Memorandum submitted by Tibetan Youth Congress
17th January 2007
The Prime Minister,
Republic of India.
Subject: Memorandum letter to express our apprehensions on the developments of the Sino – India border negotiations.
Your Excellency Sir,
We the members of Tibetan Youth Congress express our sincere gratitude and utmost appreciation for the continuous and overwhelming support the people and the Government of India has rendered to the Tibetan brothers since the fateful days of 1950’s. The entire six million Tibetans all around the world would remember this invaluable support and compassion in our difficult times as the greatest blessing on us.
Since China’s illegal and forcible occupation of Tibet, its oppressive rule in Tibet had resulted in death of over 1.2 million Tibetans and the total destruction of Tibetan tradition, culture, religion and environment etc. Thousands of Tibetans continue to languish in prisons suffering from inhuman torture and prosecutions. The Tibetans are deprived of all basic rights including religious, cultural, education and traditional rights etc. that forces the fleeing of over 3000 Tibetans each year from Chinese repression.
India has paid heavily in the past for her soft approaches to its national security management. In the face of the current global realities of interdependency, we certainly do not propose a more confrontational approach towards China. However a nation whose neighbourhood has cost India an immeasurable and irrevocable loss in terms of national prestige, security and national interest and who continues to harbour anti-Indian campaign and policy, a more clear and bold policy must be in offing, which includes recognition of independent Tibet.
The passing exigencies of economic development and unfounded dithering of the undemocratic China, notwithstanding substantial return in trade boost cannot be allowed to overwhelm the national interest and security of India and most importantly compromise on the supreme human values of truth, justice and freedom, India is so reputed for espousing and defending. And for enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the governments, leaders and peoples of the two countries for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity not only in Asia but also in the whole world, the just and early resolution of the Tibetan issue is inevitable and mandatory.
Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest non-governmental organization ensuing complete independence of Tibet consisting three provinces, firmly believes that government of India, while dealing with Chinese delegates will not take any measures that may go against the historical truth and aspiration of the six million Tibetans living in and out of Tibet.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Kalsang Phuntsok Godrukpa,
Central Executive Committee,
Tibetan Youth Congress.