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Pro-indpendence Tibetan youth submit memorandum to Indian Foreign Secretary

July 13, 2010

Kalsang Rinchen
July 12, 2010

Dharamsala, July 12 -- A group of Tibetans with a
different viewpoint on the future of Tibet from
that of the Dalai Lama and exile Tibetan
government have submitted a memorandum to the
visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Saturday.

While thanking the Indian government for
providing refuge to the displaced Tibetans, the
Tibetans urged the Indian government to review
its policy towards Tibet. They wrote they owed to
Indian government the revival of Tibetan life in
India and the "resurrection of international
awareness and confidence within the struggle."

Rao, former Indian Ambassador to China, visited
the headquarters of the exile Tibetan government
Saturday and met with the Tibetan leader His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and exile Tibetan Prime
Minister Samdhong Rinpoche. Sources say that Rao
spent about an hour with the Tibetan leader in a
closed-door meeting that discussed "issues of common interest."

Led by Tenzin Tsundue, a prominent Tibetan youth
and activist seeking complete independence for
Tibet, the memorandum had signatures of two dozen
Tibetan artistes, intellectuals, writers,
translators and activists living here. On
Saturday, the Tibetans waited outside the Chonor
House, where Rao was staying during her two day
visit here, to handover the memorandum.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile Tibetan
government here maintain that they are seeking a
genuine autonomy for Tibet within the framework
of the People's Republic of China. However,
activists like Tsundue and the Tibetan youth
signatories to the memorandum believe that
independence is the only goal for Tibet. Tenzin
Tsundue said, "Only an independent Tibet can
guarantee the survival of the Tibetan people, our
culture and the nation. The 2008 uprising in
Tibet is a clear public mandate that the Tibetans
in Tibet are willing to even die, but not live under Chinese colonial rule."

The petitioners believe that the Tibetan struggle
is not just to find a temporary arrangement for
the exile Tibetans to return home, but to seek a
long-term interest for the survival of the
Tibetan people and the nation. "And therefore
whatever may be the policies being held by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile government;
we believe very strongly that the goal of the
struggle cannot be anything less than Independence," read the memorandum.

"The difference in the political stands between
His Holiness and us doesn’t divide us on our
principled belief in Nonviolence. The Tibetan
freedom struggle is based on the Buddhist
principles of nonviolence, and when we hit the
streets with our direct action campaigns we are
inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha," the memorandum read.

The Tibetans also wrote that India can never
validate its legal and historical claim over its
Himalayan states as long as China continues its occupation of Tibet.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made
intrusions at many places along the Indian border
last year. China last year objected to His
Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal
Pradesh, claimed by China as its territory but
India allowed the visit. China also issued
stapled visas on separate sheets to Indian
nationals from Jammu and Kashmir, virtually
questioning the state’s accession to India.
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