Dharamshala — A group of five A delegation from the Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) based in New Delhi, India visited Tibetan community based in Dharamshala, India to express their strong support for Tibet's freedom struggle.
The delegation attended a press conference hosted by the Tibetan Parliamentary in Exile at Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala, India, Friday, September 18.
Mr Karma Yeshi, a member of the TPiE standing committee made a brief introduction of delegation led by Smt Radha Bhatt Chairperson of the Gandhi Peace Foundation.
"Foundation has always stood for Tibet and will continue to do so in the future as well," Ms Bhatt said during the press conference in Dharamshala.
" It's not only about being sad but we should do something for Tibet," Ms Bhatt added, while expressing her strong concern over the waves of self-immolation in Tibet.
"Thus we sent messages to different heads of nations, peace organizations in the world and have asked them to contact Chinese government and talk about it."
Ms Bhatt stressed, "because it is something, which is the cruelest thing happening in Tibet under the Chinese government."
'Jawaharlal Nehru and Jayaprakash Narayan- the 'J factor' has played an essential part in the history of Tibet, GPF Secretary Mr Kumar Prashant said, adding It was the 'J factor' that initially built the 'Indo-Tibet friendship' that led to the exile of the Tibetans in India.
Pt Jawaharlal Nehru whose moral and political support to Tibet, symbolised the support and solidarity from the Indian government whereas Mr Jayaprakash, represented the support from the Indian public and it was him who has organised the very first international conference on Tibet, Prashant further said.
"Thus, the tri-link between the J factor and His Holiness the Dalai Lama has become important and precious for us," he added.
Quoting "Freedom is Priceless," Mr Prashant said that nothing overrates one's freedom and if Tibet struggle has to continue, sacrifices have to be made.
He also stressed that since Tibet's struggle is based on non-violence, it should continue its course and one is sure to succeed through non-violent approach.
"Being a citizen of India, I urged the central government and the Indian Parliament to host a special session on Tibet addressed by Indian Prime Minister Mr Modi and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Calling His Holiness the "symbol of Tibet", GPF Former Vice-Chancellor Mr Iyengar said that "each and every Tibetan must work harder and must represent him after such a political transition."
The delegation also visited the Tibetan Parliament to witness it's ongoing session followed by discussions on Tibet related issues with the top leaders. They have also met representatives of various Tibetan NGOs and cultural institutions in Dharamshala.