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"I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. It is the foundation for world peace."

Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche talks on 'Future Prospects for Tibet'

June 17, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
June 16, 2008 15:56]

New Delhi, June 16 - Chaired by Dalip Mehta, the Former Ambassador to
Bhutan and Trustee of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of
H.H. the Dalai Lama the round table on 'Future Prospects for Tibet'
was organized in support with the office of Tibetan Parliamentary and
Policy Research Centre (TPPRC) in New Delhi today.

Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche addressing the distinguished guests spoke at
length about the historical background of Tibet dating back to the
7th Century a period when Tibet had close ties with India. The
Tibetan language has its own script which is derived from the ancient
Indian Brahmi script and belongs to the Indian language family.
Tibetan ethnicity is as distinct and physical features reflect a mix
of the Aryan and Mongol race.

The institution of the Dalai Lama has its roots in Sonam Gyatso who
was bestowed the title of 'Dalai Lama' in 1578. He was the third
Dalai Lama, the head of the Ganden Photang Government in Lhasa and
subsequently the current Tibetan Government in exile is a succession
of that government. A detailed analogy of historical facts and events
presented the status of Tibet as economically self reliant on the
basis of need and not that of greed.

Deliberating on the nature of the Tibetan struggle he said, "The
nature of the Tibetan struggle is that of truth and false, justice
and injustice and the difference in approach to fulfill one's duties.
We are struggling to perform our duties towards universal
responsibility. Preservation of values is the true nature of our struggle."

Quoting provisions on autonomy from China's Constitution he further
added, "We are demanding the implementation of the Constitution. No
international body can say our claims are based on designs of
separation from China, they are in accordance with China's Charter".

"The objective behind the implementation of the National Regional
Autonomy is to preserve the distinct culture, language and identity
of the 55 minority races within the PRC. The Dalai Lama and the
Central Administration do not seek a separation of Tibetan Autonomous
Region from PRC but urge that since the inhabitants of TAR are a
different nationality, they be given autonomous stature.
Theoretically, it should be possible since it is in tune with the
Constitution of China."

Prominent Indians present at the scene agreed that the interest of
Tibet lay not only with the Tibetans but also with the safety of
India and her border. India cannot disassociate herself from the
TIbet cause because Tibet too is in the interest of India.

"As long as Tibetans voice their opinion all over the world, we have
to see that there is a consciousness in the voice of humanity. Not
only for the people of TIbet but also of India. Our cause is
inseparable," said Rajiv Gupta, Former IFS.
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