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Tibetan youth in favour of independence

November 21, 2008

Divergent views on middle-way approach during 6-day meet
Suresh Khatta
Express India
November 19, 2008

Dharamshala, Nov. 19 -- The middle-way approach, which is being
pursued to find a solution to the Tibet issue, has dominated the
ongoing special general meeting and divergent views are being
expressed by the Tibetans participating in it. The younger generation
has expressed its frank opinion, saying that they want independence.
They are of the view that since China has rejected the demand of
meaningful autonomy, what is the use of pursuing such a policy.

On the other hand, elderly people attending the meeting have
unflinching faith in the Dalai Lama and are in favour of continuing
the middle-way policy. Sources said some of the Tibetans have said
during the meeting that even after eight rounds of talks with China,
there was no solution in sight. Some of the delegates taking part in
the meeting reportedly favoured reconsideration of the middle-way
policy. Most of the participants have held Chinese authorities
responsible for the failure of talks. Suggestions have come from
various quarters that "the time has come to reconsider the middle-way
policy,'' said sources.

Around 600 Tibetans, who have come here from the world over, have
been divided in 15 sub-committees and are holding discussions. In
some of these sub-committees, over 60 per cent people are favouring

Poet-activist Tenzin Tsundue, who has born in exile and is taking
part in the special meeting, told The Indian Express, "The younger
generation does not want any compromise on the stand for
independence. They do not want to live under the Chinese government.''

Similarly, the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), a non-governmental
organisation of young Tibetans, is also demanding independence. Its
delegates taking part in the meeting have made their stand clear on
this issue, it is learnt.

Expressing his views, TYC president Tsewng Rigzin told ENS over phone
that "different people have different views but the TYC is for
independence''. The TYC was among the five Tibetan NGOs who had
organised the march to Tibet in March this year.

Dalai Lama may address delegates

Though Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is not taking part
in the meeting, he is likely to address the delegates after the
six-day long special meeting concludes. A top functionary of the
Tibetan parliament-in-exile told ENS that a request has been made to
the private office of the Dalai Lama in this regard. The private
office has also been requested that the media be allowed during the
Dalai Lama's address. Those taking part in the meeting are hoping
that the spiritual leader will address them. The likely date is November 23.
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