Tibetan Youth Congress’s Organizational Secretary, Mrs. Pema Yangchen attended The 7th All India Indo-Tibet Friendship Society's National Convention held in Jodhpur, from 25th to 27th December 2004. Around 200 participants from ITFS Chapters from Indian States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP, UP, Bihar, Orissa, Maharashtra etc and Tibetan delegates from Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women's Association, Indo-Tibetan Coordination Office, Representatives from CITHS, Varanasi and Tibetan sweater sellers etc of Jodhpur, attended the Convention in the Desert State.
Kalon Tripa, Samdhong Rinpoche releasing the Society's Annual Magazine, "Samelan Patrika"
During the inaugural ceremony, on the morning of December 25, Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, in his address said, "The next five years will be most crucial for Tibetan movement and a strong public opinion can build confidence in political leaders here. India can play the role of a mediator between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Govt. to resolve the issue of Tibet. The coming year is more important as the Tibetan delegation will be holding talks with Chinese Govt. on several important issues", he added.
Besides Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Convention was graced by Mr. Amar Kishan Vyas, Indian Freedom Fighter, Mr. Satya Prakash Malviya , Former Union Minister and Dr. Anand Kumar, who all spoke on the Society’s campaign on Tibetan Freedom Struggle and the Tibetan Issue.
Delegates discussed on the revival of ITFS's Women and Student's Forum for Free Tibet
During the present Convention, one of the major resolution and action was to revive and strengthen the All India Women’s Forum for Free Tibet and All India Student’s Forum for Free Tibet. Fresh national executive members for the Forums were also elected during the Convention.
Tibetan Youth Congress, represented by Mrs Pema Yangchen, Organisational Secretary, deliberated the convention on the TYC’s stands, policy and the campaigns etc in Tibetan Freedom Struggles and spoke in length on the recent activities undertaken by the Organization. Mrs Pema also stressed on the need to support the Tibetan Freedom Struggle in general and not confine the Society’s support to a stand, which may be deemed as narrowing down the scope for support. She further added,“being an Organization of over 30,000 membership, it would be important to support their aspiration too”. Later the Convention adopted resolutions based on the delegate’s speech.
TYC Representative, Mrs Pema Yangchen with Prof Anand Kumar and other delegates of the Convention
The three-day Convention include a press conference, a torch-march demonstration and a candle-light vigil to highlight the issue of Tibet which received major coverage in the local media. Similarly, major support from the local Indians and the Tibetans also facilitated the success of the convention.
Former Union Minister, Mr. S.P. Malviya in his closing statement, stressed the need to urge Indian government to recognize Tibetan Govt-in-Exile and delved in length on the ITFS’s support actions to the Tibetan Cause. Representatives of TYC, TWA and Tibetan Sweater Sellers welcomed the guest and the members of the National Convention with traditional Khatta.Resolutions adopted:
The following resolution was adopted by the participants:
- Indo-Tibet Friendship Society (ITFS) support the Tibetan Freedom Struggle led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his proposal of making Tibet as a "zone of peace'. The Convention also respects and supports the ideals of Tibetan Youth Congress.
- The convention welcomes the ongoing peaceful negotiation process between the Tibetan Govt. in Exile and Chinese counterparts and urges the Govt. of India to Contribute in the promotion of the dialogue between TGIE and Chinese Govt.
- Urges the Indian government to give accreditation to Tibetan Government-in-Exile.
- Urges for the unconditional release of Tulku Tenzin Delek, panchen Lama and the other political prisoner in Tibet.
- Urge National and International bodies to resolve the Tibetan issue; involving human right violation, torture against women, environmental destruction, demographic transfer, Gormo - Lhasa railway project that seriously affects Tibet's future etc.
- To facilitate pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar.
- Urges Indian government to announce "Himalaya Policy".
- To reclaim the Indian territories occupied by China n 1962 war and to set up national war memorial for the martyrs of Indo- Sino war of 1962.
- To include Tibetan as a national languages of India.
- To set up an Independent ITFS national office at Delhi and to publish a journal of ITFS and to revive All India women's and student forum for Free Tibet. And also to establish an ex- soldier forum for Tibet.
- Indo Tibet Friendship Society will commemorate 10th March as a "Free Tibet" day and strengthen the Tibetan freedom Struggle. All the regional chapters of ITFS will organize campaign on the day.
- All India Women forum of Tibet will conduct similar campaign on 12th March and on 25th April, campaigns will be conducted to seek the release of Panchen Lama.
- The convention resolves to mark the period 14 Nov- to 20th Nov, 2005 to call for the implementation of the Indian parliament resolution on retaining all the Indian territories captured by Chinese Army in 1962. War.
- All the regional chapters will launch campaign on 10th December to highlight human rights violation in Tibet.
- Resolves to conduct a special convention on 2005 by All India women's and students forum for Tibet.
- ITFS delegates will meet Chinese Ambassador, Indian foreign minister and Chairman, Standing Committee, Ministry of External Affairs, to promote dialogue between TGIE and Chinese government.
- ITFS National Convention calls for the Boycott of Goods made in China.
- ITFS will celebrate His Holiness’s birth anniversary on 6th July on a grand scale.
- The next Indo-Tibet Friendship Society’s National Convention will be held in Varanasi.