MPs to attend Tibetan uprising day fest

Updated on Mar 09, 2007 02:06 PM IST
Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala have invited around 20 Indian parliamentarians to participate in celebrations marking their uprising day anniversary on Saturday.
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IANS | By, Dharamsala

Tibetan refugees in this Himachal resort town have invited around 20 Indian parliamentarians to participate in celebrations marking their uprising day anniversary on Saturday.

On March 10 every year, Tibetan refugees celebrate the Lhasaon uprising of 1959 against Chinese rule and they hope to rope in Indian MPs to urge Beijing to settle the long-standing Tibetan issue.

"A group of some 20 MPs will attend the official Tibetan struggle anniversary function at Dharamsala on Saturday," said Dolma Gyari, deputy speaker of the Assembly for Tibetan Peoples' Deputies (ATPD).

The MPs have been invited from different political parties including the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samata Party. They are also scheduled to meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during their stay in Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed coup against the Chinese communist regime and set up a government in exile in Dharamsala.

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