(TibetanReview.net, Mar14’19) – Member of Indian parliament Mr Shanta Kumar has revealed that he had rejected pressure from China, telling him not to attend the 60th Tibet uprising anniversary function of the Central Tibetan Administration at Dharamsala, on Mar 10. The BJP MP represents Kangra district, of which Dharamsala is part, in the Indian parliament. He is also the Convener of the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet (APIPFT).
“I received an official communication from the Chinese Ambassador to India, asking me not to attend the commemorative ceremony of Tibetan National Uprising Day in Dharamsala,” tribuneindia.com Mar 13 quoted him as saying.
He has further quoted the letter as saying, “Doing so will threaten the national sovereignty of People’s Republic of China.”
But he has rejected the Chinese demand by saying, “China is a powerful country while I am a simple man who belongs to this tiny state. However, neither China nor any other global power will decide where I shall or shall not go.”
Mr Shanta Kumar, a former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh as well as a minister in the federal government, was among a number MPs from India, the EU, Germany, Canada, Slovakia, Italy, Peru and Taiwan who took part in the 60th anniversary function on the courtyard of the Tsuglakhang, with the chief guest being former Botswana president Mr Ian Khama.