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Pledge to pre-empt matters causing distress to Dalai Lama

chandigarh Updated: Sep 14, 2012 20:11 IST
Naresh Kumar

Concerned over baseless claims made by a group of Tibetans-in-exile, causing distress to spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan parliament-in-exile on Friday pledged to prevent such things in future, adding that Kashag (cabinet), parliament and NGOs have equal responsibility to deal with such a matter.

The fourth session of the 15th Tibetan parliament-in-exile began on Friday with the entire first day being kept for deliberations on how to deal with the critical situation prevailing in Tibet.

In his opening address, speaker Penpa Tsering said instead of doing their duties, a small group of Tibetans has engaged in making groundless claims on matters concerning the general meeting, special parliament session and the Dalai Lama's devolution of political authority to the democratically-elected leadership, to create discord in the community.

"Such people are concerned only with their opinion whenever the parliament tried to clarify the matter," said Tsering, adding that Tibetan parliament has the responsibility to pre-empt such things from happening again as the matter is concerned with the democratisation of Tibetan polity.

Tsering said though the Dalai Lama had initiated the recent move to further democratise Tibetan polity, it was ultimately the parliament which approved the final decision so the responsibility lay with the parliament to prevent things which cause distress to the spiritual leader.

He also emphasised that importance of raising awareness and understanding among the general public on the issue, failing which it will "cause disagreement between us and those who are making baseless statements".

"His Holiness takes every decision to carry out his visions only after long-term consideration and discussion. Tibetan public should understand that it is wrong to speak out without understanding the reasons behind his initiatives," said Tsering.

He added that some people under pseudonyms write articles and comments in websites to destabilise the community and denigrate the Dalai Lama and it was of utmost importance for those managing the news websites to properly verify the contents of and intentions behind such articles and comments.

Speaking on the deteriorating situation in Tibet, Tsering said over 51 Tibetans had set themselves on fire in Tibet and their family members were living under extremely difficult situation.

"The Chinese government, instead of looking into real causes as to why Tibetans are setting themselves on fire, has exacerbated the crisis in Tibet by stepping up military crackdown in the Tibetan areas," he said, adding that given the gravity of the situation in Tibet, the entire first day of this parliament session will be kept for deliberation on the Chinese government's policies in Tibet.

A motion was also tabled in the house to express solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet.
"We also need to strengthen our campaigns as no concrete action has come from the international community in view of the urgency of the situation in Tibet," Tsering said.

He said there is no clarity on how the new Chinese leadership will handle the crisis in Tibet, adding that in order to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue with the Chinese government, Tibetans-in-exile must sustain the movement to draw world's attention to the plight of Tibetans in Tibet.