Indo-Tibetan meet calls forboycott of Chinese goods
The Indo-Tibetan meet between the Tibetan Parliamentarians, Kashag, and former union minister of India Vikram Mahajan-led the National Security Forum (NSF) on Saturday called for a joint campaign to boycott Chinese goods.india Updated: Sep 22, 2013 20:38 IST
The Indo-Tibetan meet between the Tibetan Parliamentarians, Kashag, and former union minister of India Vikram Mahajan-led the National Security Forum (NSF) on Saturday called for a joint campaign to boycott Chinese goods.
While addressing the meet, Mahajan said that there was a need to strengthen the northern border of India keeping in view suspicious activities of hostile neighbour.
“Now, the only way out with India and the Tibetans in exile is to boycott the Chinese goods,” said Mahajan, adding that India was one of the largest markets for the Chinese goods, and the boycott would be a setback to the dragon's economy, which might even pave a way for the Tibet's Independence in future.
He exhorted the Tibetan community in exile to follow the non-cooperation movement of Mahatma Gandhi that had hit the foreign trade in India, and ultimately forcing the British to leave the country.
Giving the call for the boycott campaign, Mahajan told the Tibetan representatives that he had been practicing it for last many years, and had shun using the Chinese goods that were hitting the Indian market. “In America, this practice has been started at some place, now we Indians and Tibetans should also start this,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Penpa Tsering said the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile would move a resolution on the issue in the ongoing session.
Tsering further said the Tibetan government-in-exile was committed to the “middle way approach” proposed by spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for the peaceful resolution of the Tibet issue, but the biggest challenge before the exile community was to save the identity of Tibet by seeking autonomy and not freedom.
“At this point of time, when we are on the path of non-violent struggle, boycotting the Chinese goods is really an effective move. We have a standing resolution for this in Parliament,” he added.
Tibetan home minister Dolma Gayri, minister for international relations Dicki Choyang and members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile were also present at the meet.
Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay was also scheduled to attend the meet, but couldn't come due to some reasons, said Tesring.