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Radicals ask India to change policy on Tibet

india Updated: Jul 12, 2010 01:30 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
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While India's Foreign Secretary Nirupma Rao's meeting with Tibet's exiled leader the Dalai Lama has stirred speculation of all sorts, pro-independence Tibetan hardliners asked India to review its policy towards the Chinese-administered Tibetan Autonomous Region.

A group of young Tibetan radicals met Nirupma Rao at Mcleodganj to deliver a memorandum seeking review of India's decades-old policy towards Tibet.

In the memorandum, the group of young Tibetans demanded that India recognise the "historical" independence of Tibet for solving its long-pending border disputes with China.

"We are also aware that the Indian government still holds its decades-old policy on Tibet saying TAR is part of the People's Republic of China and that has not been reviewed all this time while there is mounting military, political and environmental pressure towards India," said poet and Tibetan activist Tenzing Tsundue, who accompanied the group of young exiles to submit the memorandum.

"Only by recognising the historical independence of Tibet with whom the Himalayan borders were decided through bilateral treaties can India validate its legal and historical claim over its Himalayan states which have been challenged time and again by the PRC" read an excerpt of the memorandum.

Radical leaders, disagreeing with the Dalai Lama's Middle Way Approach to settle the vexed Tibetan issue, stressed that they will continue their non-violent struggle for Tibet's independence.

The Dalai Lama seeks greater autonomy for Chinese-controlled Tibet within the framework of the Chinese constitution. But China has been turning down the demand, saying that the Tibetan leader was actually seeking independence.

The nine rounds of talks between the Dalai Lama's and the Chinese government's representatives have failed to break the ice, with China opposing the Tibetan people's memorandum for Genuine Autonomy submitted by the Tibetan side.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao refused to comment on the memorandum and her meeting with the Dalai Lama.

"I don't want to speak to the media," she told the Hindustan Times during her visit to the Norbulingka monastery, 7 km from Dharamsala.