After attending the opening day of the festival of Tibet in Guwahati in Assam on 2 February, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay travelled by road in a convoy to the capital Shillong, arranged by government of Meghalaya as the State Guest.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama 'will very soon return to Tibet. The universal slogan is we want to see the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Given a choice, Tibetans will like to be led by a Tibetan rather than governed by the Chinese,' Sangay told journalists.
"We do believe in dialogue and non-violence as a means to resolve the issue of Tibet. The Central Tibetan Administration is committed to its Middle Way policy as the only viable option to find a lasting solution to the issue of Tibet as we want to see an immediate end to the sufferings of the people in Tibet," he added.
Sikyong said that people of Tibet "hope the new Chinese leadership by Xi Jinping will find the political will power and wisdom to engage in dialogue with the Tibetan leadership to find a lasting solution to the Tibet issue in future."
'Tibetans are looking forward to the Chinese leadership to resolve the Tibet issue,' Dr Sangay said, adding: "Since January 2010, we didn't have any formal dialogue with the Chinese government. We believe in a peaceful dialogue to solve the issue," he said.
"We look forward to the new Chinese leadership. We hope they will also believe wisely that dialogue is the way to solve the issue to Tibet for their own interest as they want respect from the international community and they ought to show respect to the Tibetan people," Sangay said.
"Whatever we are seeking is within the provisions of the Chinese constitution as per article 4 of its constitution, it speaks about the Minority Act, 1984."
Asked about India's role to resolve the vexed Tibet issue, Sangay said: "India has a very important role. The relation goes back centuries, India is our 'guru' and we are India's 'chela'."
"I think China-Tibet issue is one of the core issues, and in that case, Tibet should also be core issue of India, environmentally, spiritually, geo-politically, every reason, so India could play a very constructive role. Having said that, we always remember India has been the most generous country for Tibetan people. The Indian government has been supportive on humanitarian issues as well," he added.
On self-immolations in Tibet, he said: "The universal slogan of those who self-immolate is they want to see the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and by getting general autonomy, we are fulfilling that and also restoring the freedom and dignity of the people of Tibet."
"Tibetans are frustrated and desperate due to the political repression, economic marginalisation, environmental destruction, social discrimination, cultural assimilation of the hardline Chinese policies towards Tibetan people," he said.
Sikyong, who is a Harvard educated scholar, also addressed a distinguished audience of the top echelons of the state government and academicians at a interactive session on a theme titled: Democracy in Exile: The Case for Tibet."
Top officials and academicians including Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, chief secretaries, principal secretaries, superintendent of police and vice-chancellor of Martin Luther Christian University and editors of the media attended the event.