MP asks India to pay attention to Tibet protests

Dharamsala: A member of parliament has asked the Indian government to pay attention to the ongoing self-immolation protests in Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said here Monday.

“The world, especially India, should pay more attention on the self-immolation tragedy in Tibet,” CTA’s web TV station Tibetonline TV quoted Independent MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar as saying.

“I believe that young people anywhere in the world, including Tibet, must look forward to a life of hope, build on it towards creating bright future for themselves, their parents and their communities,” said Chandrasekhar, who represents Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha.

Describing the current situation in Tibet and self-immolation by Tibetans as unacceptable, he said the international community, especially Indians, should pay more attention to why so many young Tibetans are setting themselves on fire.

“India has a moral responsibility as the world’s largest democracy to be a flag bearer of hope to any people all over the world, including Tibetans, who are faced with lack of hope. So I think India, its people and parliamentarians have a moral responsibility and we should not take it lightly,” he added.

Chandrasekhar, in a missive to the speakers of both houses of the Indian parliament March 19, apprised them of the critical situation in Tibet, according to the CTA.

He also demanded that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama be invited to address the Indian parliament.

The CTA said over 30 Indian parliamentarians and political leaders took part in Tibetan People’s Solidarity Campaign in New Delhi last month to draw the world’s attention on the escalating crisis in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in this Himachal Pradesh hill town.

– IANS

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