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Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch 2015Dharamshala — Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch (BTSM), an Indian support group for Tibet, called for a need to "support the Tibetan movement until it is resolved" at a seminar at Delhi University on May 8.

The seminar – which was organised by BTSM in collaboration with the Institute of Lifelong Learning – was attended by more than 200 people including Delhi professors, lawyers, social activists and students.

Shri Indresh Kumar, Patron of BTSM, was invited as the chief guest to address the audience. He paid condolences to the victims and their families of the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal that affected parts of north and east India, Tibet and Bhutan.

In regard to Tibet, Kumar said: "Not only did China invade Tibet in 1959, it attacked India in 1962 – just after the completion of the Panchsheel agreement [signed by India and China in 1954 to support peaceful co-existence between the two countries] – by claiming parts of the Indian Himalayan belts as their territory."

"China has constructed roads and railways in those regions of Tibet which connects to the Indian border and to Kailash Mansarovar. They have this imperialist idea of expansionism which is threatening to India's national security," he said.

Kumar recommended that during the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi to China, he should state that Tibet is not an integral part of China.

He also recounted an audience he once had with His Holiness the Dalai Lama where he asked whether Tibet will ever be free. His Holiness responded, "if the leaders, thinkers, politicians and people of this great nation made India a leading nation in Asia, then Tibet will be free soon."

Dr Kuldeep Agnihothri, Working President of BTSM, also spoke, paying tribute to Kumar: "Under his leadership, the people of India and the policy makers have been made aware and enlightened on the Tibet issue."

Mr Jigmey Tsultrim, Coordinator of the India Tibet Coordination Office, expressed his dissatisfaction regarding China's construction of mega dams along rivers sourced in Tibet in order to supply electricity to mainland China, and the effects it will have on downstream nations and their ecosystems. He added that "the recent natural calamity in the Himalayan belts is a result of exploitation in the Tibetan plateau."

The seminar was chaired by Dr Umesh Rai, Director of Delhi University South Campus.

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