Indian Tibet support groups meet to discuss campaign strategy

A press conference addressed by the Core Group for Tibetan Cause Convener Shri R.K Khirmey on the right and Co-Convener Shri Surender Kumar on the left at Lhakpa Tsering hall, Department of Information and International Relations. (Photo courtesy: Passang Dhondup/CTA)

(, Jun16’19) – The 6th All India Tibet Support Groups Conference was opened at the secretariat of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dharamsala, with the participation of 216 representatives from 21 states.

The speakers at the inaugural event included Mr Rinchen Khando Khrimey, National Convener of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause; Mr Indresh Kumar, Patron of Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch and RSS Leader; Dr Anand Kumar, National President of India Tibet Friendship Society; and Mr Surender Kumar, National Co-Convener of the Core Group. They all called for the resolution of the Tibet issue through a peaceful, democratic means based on dialogue to facilitate the honourable return of the Tibetan people to Tibet.

The Participants were stated to include leaders and supporters from political, educational, business, and spiritual fields.

Mr Khrimey described the conference as an extraordinary opportunity to reinvigorate and re-strategize activities and initiatives of the Tibet Support Groups in view of the present critical scenario of Tibet with focus on the strategies and action campaign on the 5/50 vision of the CTA.

“We, as friends of Tibet, pledge to carry forward our commitment towards the Tibetan freedom movement in full strength and vigour and reaffirm the same spirit of support, solidarity and friendship expressed at the first ever All India Tibet Convention in 1959 under the leadership of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan,” he said.

The conference was also addressed by President Lobsang Sangay of the CTA who Urged India to be at the forefront in the fight against the imperialist and expansionist designs of China.

A Hindi translation of CTA’s publication ‘Tibet was Never Part of China but the Middle Way Approach Remains a Viable Solution’ was unveiled.

CTA said Jun 15 that during the Jun 15-16 conference, the participants would extensively deliberate on the strategies and action campaigns on the Five Fifty Vision of the CTA based on the recommendations from the Five Fifty Forum on Resilience and The Youth Five Fifty Forum.

Sangay was to make a presentation on ‘The Five Fifty Vision of Central Tibetan Administration’ during the conference. Other presentations were to be on the ‘Importance of Tibet to India’ by Dr Abanti Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Delhi University; ‘Asia and India’s Role in Tibet’s Issue’ by Dr Anand Kumar; ‘Role of Core Group and Tibet Support Groups in India’ by Mr Vijay Kranti, Senior Consultant at Doordarshan, among others.

The conference is an initiative of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, which coordinates with Tibet support groups across India.


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