Stand up for preserving Tibet from Chinese assault: Oppsition

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New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) Noting with serious concern the recent developments in Tibet, top BJP leaders today urged the government to stand up unambigously to preserve India's own contribution to humanity - Tibet's Budhist culture and civilisation.

In a joint statement, Leaders of Opposition L K Advani, Jaswant Singh and BJP President Rajnath Singh said India was adopting a degrading policy without speaking against the use of armed forces by China and showing scant regard for the country's national honour and foreign policy independence.

It is shameful that India was using blatant Chinese appeasement policy instead of condemning the use of armed force against Tibetan protestors, they said.

Recalling the reports suggesting that the Government of India had cancelled a proposed calling-on of His Holiness Dalai Lama, the head of Tibetan Government in Exile, by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the BJP leaders asked why the government had adopted such a nationally humiliating and meek policy full of indecision at the cost of neglecting the country's prestige.

''The BJP condemns this and expects the UPA to explain the country the rationale behind this irrational policy,'' they said.

They said Tibet is one of the important and surviving repositories of great thought and teachings of Lord Buddha and for the last 13 centuries was the custodian of an important school of Budhist thought. The illuminating thought and person of Lord Buddha, born in India and finding enlightenment here, has lent a unique kinship to the relations between India and Tibet.

India cannot and must not disconnect with this invaluable and unique spiritual linkage.

''India must give voice to its concerns, correctly, unequivocally and unambiguously. This is not interference. It is standing up for preserving what is India's own contribution to the humanity -- Tibet's Budhist culture and civilisation,'' they said.

''This is our bounden duty and our very Dharma,'' they added.

The leaders reminded that the Dharma Chakra, the symbol which adorns Independent India's flag on cloth or engraved on stone was a Budhist symbol of Dharma Chakra. ''India can't afford to adopt the symbol and ignore reality", they said.

Forcible crushing of Tibetan voice was a serious development drawing global apprehension, the leaders said adding that the anguish and suffering of Tibetans, eloquently expressed by His Holiness in pain imbued words, was a a call to the conscience of all humanity.

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