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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Thursday, July 24, 2003



5. Panelists discuss Prime Minister Vajpayee's recent visit to China


Dharamsala, July 22 (TibetNet) - A panel discussion organised by the
Bharat-Thibet Sahyog Manch, Himachal Pradesh at Dauladhar hotel yesterday
drew in a large audience from the locality. The discussion, on the recent
visit of Indian Prime Minister and its impact on Tibet bore a high degree of
historical and diplomatic analysis on India's past relation with China and
Tibet.

Dr. Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri at the outset opposed the general view of the
media comparing Tibet with Sikkim. He lamented the mistakes made by the
press in bringing Tibet parallel to Sikkim, claiming Sikkim to be a
non-issue due to the reality of its existence as an integral part of the
Indian State.

Dr. Agnihotri was of the view that Tibet's issue by no means can be
separated from India He said, "Tibet's issue can be solved with India's
involvement. Tibet is an Indian issue." Dr. Agnihotri stressed the need to
keep the process of dialogue continuing in the long run.

Mr. Thubten Samphel, Secretary of Department of Information and
International relations, representing the Central Tibetan Administration
welcomed visit of Prime Minister Vajpayee's recent visit to China saying a
stable relation between the two giant countries will bring 'peace and
stability in Asia in particular and world in general. "A good normal
relation will have a positive impact on the whole world. It will enable
China to solve Tibet issue in a way suitable to both the parties", He added.

Pro- Vice Chancellor of the Patiala University, Mr R N Pal spoke on the
essence of sovereignty. Agreeing with Mr Agnihotri's views, he also
expressed the relevance of Tibet's freedom to India's security.

The Panelists were later questioned by the audience on a wide array of
issues pertaining to Tibet's more recent history. "But India must define
clearly which areas constitute 'Tibet Autonomous Region'," Dr. Agnihotri
ended the discussion with this question in response to a question from the
audience.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Karmapa may get nod to visit Sikkim
  2. Tibet: Exiles' Journey
  3. Shambala - Food Review
  4. Muhammad Ali coming for dedication of temple Dalai Lama to perform Sept. 7 ceremony in Bloomington
  5. Panelists discuss Prime Minister Vajpayee's recent visit to China



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