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Tibetan leader wants India to be proactive for their cause

Posted on Jan 30, 09:34AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 29 : Warning that Tibet might just be getting ready for its own edition of the Arab Spring, democratically elected political leader of Tibet Dr Lobsang Sangay today urged India, and other world nations to exercise their clout to force Beijing to end ''repression'' of Tibetans and give them genuine autonomy

Dr Sangay also proposed dialogues with the new Chinese leadership that will take charge in March

''India is very important to us and we are greatful for its support to the Tibetan people. Tibet too is very important for security of India, so the country should do a little more to help the Tibetans get justice'' Dr Sangay said, addressing a press conference here

''We want India to be proactive,'' he said

''If we suceed, that would be because of India, and if we fail, then blame for that too is to be shared by India,'' Dr Sangay further said in reply to a question

Stating that 99 Tibetans had committed self-immolation in the last two years in protest against the repression of their political, civil and religious rights, Dr Sangay said it was sad that this had not got the due attention of the international media and governments

He wanted the US and Western countries to make public the contents of human rights held with the Chinese Government

Though these governments support the Tibetan struggle narrative, but when they hold bilateral talks, we do not know what is happening

Dr Sangay, however, praised the United Nations Human Rights Commission for coming out expressly against the violation of the rights of Tibetans

Asked whether the Tibetan Government in exile was in formal touch with the Chinese Government, Dr Sangay said since the last round of dialogue in June last year, no meeting had taken place between the two sides, because there was no reciprocation from the Chinese leaders

''We do believe that the Tibetan issue could be resolved through dialogue. We hope the new Chinese leadership led by Xi jinping would have a new perspective on the issue,'' said Dr Sangay

He attacked the way Tibet had been divided in five different administration by the Chinese authorities, saying that 99 per cent Tibetans were in one autonomous regions, so they should have only one administration

Replying to a question, he said at present he was not in formal touch with the new Li Xiping leadership, ''but some informal contact is always there as we meet people coming from there, travel to give the lectures and talks.'' Asked whether the current wave of unrest had anything to do with the devolution of political authority by the Dalai lama, Dr Sanga said there was no frustration because of that and the passing down of power was absolutely legitimate

Dr Sangay said the Tibetan People's Solidarity Campaign was going to hold a three-day programme to highlight the issues and plight of Tibetan people. On the inaugural day, there would be rally which would be addressed by leaders from a wide range of the Indian political spectrum, including veteran BJP leader LK Advani