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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Former Indian Deputy PM Launches Book on Tibet

October 13, 2008

October 11, 2008

New Delhi, 10 Oct -- Opposition leader of the Lok Sabha (Indian
Parliament's Lower House) and former deputy Prime Minister Lal
Krishna Advani today released three books published by the India
First Foundation at his residence here. One of them is Tibet: From
Tranquility to Turmoil co-authored by Sudhakar Raje, Thupten Samphel
and Vijay Kranti. Chandan Mitra, editor of The Pioneer was Chief
Guest for the occasion.

The book contains three aspects of Tibet namely its past and links
with India, today's Tibet which is under Chinese occupation as a
colony, and Tibet in exile, said Vijay Kranti.

Though Vijay pointed out the blunders India's first Prime Minister
Nehru made regarding Tibet he also pointed out the hospitality
provided by Nehru and the Indian government for the survival of
Tibetan national identity and cultural heritage. "India has now
become the reservoir of Tibetan culture in entire world", he said.

Thupten Samphel, Information Secretary of the exile Tibetan
government's Department of Information and International Relations,
said he has tried to explain through his book not only the present
political crisis in Tibet but also the immense gratitude the Tibetan
people feel towards India for its generosity.

Also present at the gathering were Vijai Sharma, former. Lt. Governor
of Delhi, and other distinguished guests.
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