Dharamshala: - The fourth executive Board meeting of the National Democratic Party of Tibet began in Dehradun in the northern part of India, marking 25th birthday of 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, whose whereabouts have remain unknown since 1995.
According to Tenzin Namzey, NDPT media Coordinator, 'over 200 people from different places have participated in the three-day meeting of the NDPT which opened on April 25 at the conference hall of the Dekyi-ling Tibetan settlement in Dehradun, the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand in the northern India.'
'Chief guest Mr Karma Yeshi, Tibetan MP and special guest Mr Yeshi Tenzin, member of the Tibetan Youth Congress, addressed the opening ceremony. Also present were over 40 representatives of the non-governmental organisations in exile. Members from over 16 different regional chapters have also participated in the meeting.'
Speaking about the development of democracy in exile, Mr Gelek Jamyang, NDPT President said: "NDPT is the only political party formed in exile based on a multi-party system, which practice by modern democratic countries."
The meeting was also marked the 25th birthday of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the boy identified by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama. The young reincarnation Friday turned 25. For over two decades, the human rights organisations have described the missing Panchen Lama as the world's youngest political prisoner.
Among the most important of these topics are the promotions of democracy in the Tibetan community and the political role in the future election of the the Sikyong and the Tibetan parliament. Over the past decade, NDPT has been participating in the Tibetan general elections with its own list of candidates.
NDPT was founded on September 2, 1994, Tibetan Democracy Day to keep alive the freedom struggle among the younger generation 'the seeds of future Tibet under the dynamic guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to strengthen the democratic process initiated by the spiritual leader of Tibet.