Dharamshala — A delegation from Janata Dal United (JDU), visited Dharamshala on Wednesday (December 2, 2015) and held a meeting with top Tibetan officials and parliamentarians, to discuss matters in connection with the issue of Tibet.
During a press conference, Mr Arun Kumar Shriwastav, General Secretary and Mr Afaque Ahmad Khan, National Secretary of the JDU, spoke about their strong upport for the issue of Tibet.
Ven Yeshi Phuntsok, Tibetan MP, briefed about the friendship shared between the CTA and the JDU. He also urged the delegates to raise the issue of Tibet and render their support for early resolution of the issue of Tibet.
Mr Kumar reiterated that the founding members of the party; Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, Jai Prakash Narain, former President George Fernandes have always supported Tibet issue. He said he hopes a new resolution on Tibet during an upcoming meeting of the JDU.
"Since the Communist China has occupied Tibet, they have imposed serious repressive measures to eradicate the concept of democracy. With the influx of Chinese population transfer into Tibet, the plight of Tibet is becoming critical," Mr Kumar stressed.
"Thus, the Tibet issue has to resolve soon. Otherwise even if the international pressure on China resolves the Tibet issue in the next 10-15 years, the core identity of Tibet might be at the risk of extermination," he further added.
Mr Ahmad Khan lamented for the party' ineffectual efforts in resolving Tibet's issue despite being an Indian political entity.
Mr Ahmad Khan, a firm supporter of Tibet claimed that his maiden political arrest was for Tibet during the then Chinese Prime Minister Li Peng's visit in Delhi. He further reaffirmed his commitment towards Tibet and asserted the strategic importance of Tibet for India's national security.
The delegates visited the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, The CTA Secretariat, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. They also met with top officials of the various departments of the CTA.
The party say it is dedicated to the task of building up a democratic, secular and socialist State of India on Gandhian principles, inspiration from our rich heritage and the noble traditions of its struggle for national independence and individual liberty. It also claims it affirms the right of peaceful and democratic dissent,which includes satyagraha or non-violent resistance.