(4th from right) Karma Chophel, speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Kiren Rijiju, MP from Arunanchal Pradesh and National President of the Trans Himalayan Parliamentarians Forum, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal at a function in Shimla on 3 July, to mark the 94th year of the 1914 Shimla convention on Indo - Tibet border/Photo: Jigme Tsering, Tibet Museum, DIIR, CTA
Dharamshala - Hundreds of delegates from the entire Himalayan region of India voiced their strong support for peace and stability in Tibet, during the function marking the 94th anniversary of Shimla convention signed to mark the boundary between China, Tibet and India on 3 July 1914.
The Trans Himalayan Parliamentary Forum and the Himalayan Parivar jointly organised the function at Peter Hoff in Shimla on 3 July. The event was organised with an objective to raise the issue of Tibet on the basis of the McMohan Line that was drawn 94 years ago at the historic convention in Shimla.
Participants from Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said having peace and stability in the Himalayan region was a must for ensuring India's security for which Tibet's autonomy was a prerequisite.
He said it is only after India wholeheartedly supports the Tibetan cause that the international community will raise its voice in support of human rights violations inside Tibet.
He said peace inside Tibet was a sure guarantee for India's security. "Protecting the Himalayas from security point of view as well as saving it from environmental degradation was important for India," he asserted. He said had India supported the Tibetan cause, way back in 1950's the scenario could have been totally different today.
He also said that safeguarding the interests of the people of the Tibet was important for maintenance of peace in the Himalayan region and amicable solution was required to be found to maintain the autonomy of the area.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal (R) at a photo exhibition by Tibet Museum on Tibet's rich history and culture, Tibetan people's struggle for freedom, and their hopes for the future
He appreciated the endeavour of the organizers to organize a conference on the vital issue to draw the attention of the global community towards the genuine problem of the Tibetans.
A Tibetan Parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker Karma Chophel and Dolma Gyari, deputy speaker, and members of Parliament, including Ven Beri Jigmey Wangyal, Ven Tse Ringpo, Sonam Damdul, Dolker Lhamo and Dolma Tsering attended the convention.
Kiren Rijiju, MP from Arunanchal Pradesh and National President of the Trans Himalayan Parliamentarians Forum, Ven. Tsona Rimpoche, former Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Phuntsok Rai, former Minister of Himachal Pradesh and others delved into the historical importance of the Shimla convention of 1914 and its importance in the present day context.
Dr Mallika Nadda, Convenor, Himalaya Parivar, Himachal Pradesh, welcomed the chief minister and other dignitaries and said that such forums must to be created to draw the attention of the world towards the genuine problems of the Himalayan countries so that environment of the region was protected.
Lama Chosphel Zotpa, Secretary, Trans Himalayan Parliamentarians Forum proposed the vote of thanks.
Tulsi Ram, speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, Khimi Ram, deputy speaker, Jai Ram Thakur, president, State BJP, members of the Legislative Assembly, former members of Parliament, former MLAs, representatives from different religious and social organizations, NGOs and senior officers from different areas of the state were present.
A photo exhibition by Tibet Museum of the Department of the Information and International titled 'A Long Look Homeward', provided vivid perspectives of Tibet's rich history and culture, Tibetan people's struggle for freedom, and their hopes for the future.
On 2 July, the Dharamshala chapter of Tibetan Solidarity Committee held a candle light vigil in Mall, attended by Vidya Strokes, Leader of Opposition Party, H.P. Vidhan Sabha and Tsono Rinpoche, Congress MLA, Arunachal Pradesh. Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari along with members of Parliament Dolker Lhamo, Beri Jigmey Wangyal, Dolma Tsering also joined the procession.Report compiled from The Tribune and ANI news service