Tibetans discuss the future course of their struggle in Dharamsala

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Dharamsala, August 22 : Tibetan Non-Government Organisations held a seminar on Friday in Dharamsala to discuss the future strategy of the Tibetan struggle.

The members of four leading NGOs namely Students for Free Tibet, Tibetan Women Association, National Democratic Party of Tibet and Gu-Chu-Sum got together to decide the future course of Tibetan struggle.

The members of these NGOs comprised parliamentarians-in-exile and experts on Tibet-China issue who participated in the brain storming session.

"So we are trying to look into the future of Tibetan issue as such or the repercussions it may have vis-a vis the policy of India, China and the world. So we are trying to have a brain storming session with our expert," said Tenzin Cheoying, President, Students for free Tibet.

These Tibetan members or activists felt a strong need to have a clear vision of their future and review their earlier policies.

"After all these happenings, the Tibetans have to review its policy, its strategies, NGOs, Tibetan Government, its strategy as a whole. We need to understand its weaknesses and our power," Lobsang Yeshi, Cordinator, Tibetan People's Uprising Movement.

China has accused followers of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader, of stirring riots and protests in Tibetan region in March in a bid to upstage Olympic preparations. The Dalai Lama has denied the charge and said he does not oppose the Games.

The Dalai Lama has rejected accusations that he is behind the unrest and has supported the Chinese right to host the Olympics.

But groups campaigning for Tibetan independence have said they will use the Games to voice their demands and concerns over the alleged Chinese atrocities in Tibet.

China has controlled Tibet since People's Liberation Army troops marched into the region in 1950 and Beijing considers Tibet as an integral part of its territory.

Critics accuse China of repressing Tibetans' religious aspirations, especially their veneration for the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

ANI

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