By Tenzin Dharpo
CTA President Dr. Lobsang Sangay. file photo
DHARAMSHALA, June 8: The President of the exile Tibetan government known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, has appealed to the Indian government to include Tibet among its core issues with regards to the latter’s historical, environmental and geopolitical significance.
“Just as China considers Tibet one of its core issues, I appeal to the Indian government to include Tibet in its core issues, considering the historical, environmental and geopolitical significance of Tibet.
“No country has done more for Tibetans than India. For that we will always remain grateful to India and its people. The Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy of 2014 is one of many initiatives the Indian government has taken,” the head of the Tibetan polity said in an interview with The Week.
Sangay also said that the Tibetan side is always ready to hold meeting with China to resolve the issue of Tibet and holding negotiations on securing the Middle Way approach which seeks “genuine autonomy” within the Chinese constitutional framework. The official stand of the CTA, championed by the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has however been rejected by Beijing.
The CTA President said that given India’s clout in Asia with its steady growth in economy and military might, New Delhi can play a crucial role between the two sides. “India can play a constructive role in resolving the Tibet issue based on the Middle-Way Approach,” the Harvard educated Tibetan leader said.
China and India are the first and third largest economies in Asia respectively with India producing the steadier numbers when its comes to growth. India is considered the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the third-largest by purchasing power parity. The Indian economy is expected to grow around 7.3 per cent in 2020 according to Moody's quarterly Global Macro Outlook for 2020.