By Tenzin Monlam
Representatives of both Tibetan and Indian Communities taking part in a round table discussion organized by TCCR at Norbu House on November 13, 2017. Phayul photo
DHARAMSHALA, November 13: Representatives from both local Tibetan and Indian communities and various NGOs participated in a round table discussion organized by Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution (TCCR) to address issues and challenges pertaining to youth, environmental problems and other social issues in Dharamshala at the Norbu Hotel today.
Aimed at providing a platform to brainstorm and share solutions to resolve local issues, the discussion titled ‘Coexisting and Flourishing’, was participated by the Mayor of Dharamshala, Rajini Vyas, member of Dharamshala Municipal, Onkar Nehria and Tibetan Settlement Officer, Dawa Rinchen.
The discussion’s agenda included challenges faced by the youth of both the communities in terms of drug abuse, alcoholism and environmental issues.
Held annually, this year’s round table was participated by around 30 representatives from 18 Indian and Tibetan associations and organizations.
The participants during the discussion put forward various suggestions, which the Mayor promised to address.
“We will look into the suggestions on drugs, garbage disposal system and also the opening of liquor shop on the Dalai Lama temple road,” the Mayor said, in response to Thinley Jampa, Vice President of the Tibetan Shopkeepers Association. “Most people while giving direction for the liquor shop associate His Holiness’s name with liquor by saying that ‘you will get it near Dalai Lama’s temple’, which is unacceptable,” Thinley said.
TSO Dawa Rinchen said that since Dharamshala is an important center, abode of His Holiness and seat of Tibetan government in exile, the improvement of its environment is of utmost importance. He also raised the issue of the youth indulging in drinking and late night parties often causing unnecessary brawls and tension in the town.
Associate Director of TCCR, Sonam Dechen said that the topics of discussion are issues face by people of both the communities, which have serious consequences if not addressed in time.
Based in Dharamshala since its establishment in 2001, TCCR has been imparting workshops, training programs and public meetings among Tibetan, Indian and other communities on non-violent management of conflicts at local, national and international level.