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Tibet-India-Conference-2016-MundgodMundgod, Bengaluru – Core Group for Tibetan Cause, an umbrella organisation of groups working for the cause of Tibet organised a conference on how to take forward the campaign for Tibet's freedom and create greater awareness among the Indian people.

The Conference also showcase Photo exhibition Biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Indo-Tibet Relations by the Tibet Museum, Department of Information & International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.

Chief Guest Shri Prahlad Joshi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, from Dharwad city along with other guests and participants also visited Gaden monastery and Drepung monastery, according to a report by the Tibetan administration media.

The South Zone Tibet Support Groups (TSGs) Conference started by singing Tibetan and Indian national anthem followed by lighting of Chhomey (butter lamp) by the Chief Guest. A two-minute silence observed for two minute in memory of Tibetan people who sacrificed their life for the Tibetan cause.

While welcoming 60 odd participants which comprises Tibet supporters, Tibetan settlement officers from south India and representatives of Tibetan NGOs from 4 different Southern States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Shri Amrut Joshi, National Co-Convener of Core Group for Tibetan Cause, gave the Welcome address at the inaugural session of the meeting, on July 23, 2016.

National Convener of the Core Group, Shri R.K.Khrimey gave the Introductory Remarks and he strongly feels that it's high time for the government of India to take the initiative of restarting the dialogue process between Tibetan and Chinese representatives. He further briefed about the formation of Tibet support groups and Tibet movement in India and it's activities.

Shri Prahlad Joshi, Chief Guest, appreciating the initiative to hold such important conference for the first time in the city acknowledging the largest Tibetan exile concentration in the State. He acknowledged that Tibetan exile community lives in harmony with local Indians and contributes effectively in the local economy too.

"We still have lot more to do in creating grassroots awareness campaign in India to make it a movement of the country," said Dr B Tsering, principal of Dalai Lama Institute of Higher Studies in Bangalore, who was the guest of honor at the event.

She warns about rampant damming of Tibet's untapped mighty rivers which feeds 47% of world population and also ongoing exploitation of Tibet's natural resources and its fragile ecosystem will have grave environmental and lifestyle impact not only to its immediate neighbor but also on global scale.

She also said that China's Communist government has been systematically carrying forth policies which encourages cultural assimilation and economic marginalisation inside Tibet in the long run.

Shri J.P. Urs, Southern Region Convener of the Core group gave the thank you note in local Kannada language to the majority Kannada participants.

The report also said that the staffs of ITCO & Tibet museum also distributed Tibet related publications and pamphlets to the participants, medias and local public during the morning session.

The participants were welcomed with a grand reception at Gaden Jangtse monastery, arranged by the Mundgod Tibetan Settlement office led by Mr Phuntsok Tsering, and later they also visited Drepung monastery, considered one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet.

They were delighted to witness on going debates at the nunnery during the visit and also visited Tibetan old age home in the settlement. The Mundgod Tibetan settlement hosted cultural dances and dinner reception at settlement community hall in the evening.

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