Tibetans banned from staging rally in Delhi


Sonam Dagpo, spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration, confirmed the development to Indian Express.

Following the above mentioned report - on Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's note to Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha who sent a directive to the Centre and states - the Tibetan government-in-exile chose to hold the "Thank You India" event in Dharamsala, either on March 31 or April 1.

On Friday, the Indian Express reported that Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale first wrote to the cabinet secretary pointing to the sensitivity of relations with China.

"However MEA said that, no restrictions have been placed on the Dalai Lama in the wake of rising tensions along Indo-China border, The assertion came in response to reports that said that senior government functionaries had been asked to "skip" year-long events organised by the exiled Tibetan government as part of its 'Thank you India" campaign to mark the 60th year of the arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

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The Dalai Lama's "Thank You India" public event, on April 1, was the high point of a series of yearlong events planned by the Tibetan exile government.

Apart from this an inter-faith prayer, which was to be organised at the Gandhi Samadhi in Rajghat on March 31, has been cancelled, according to the reports.

Dagpa also added that there has been no communication from the Indian government to the Tibetan administration on this issue. "We have no further comments".

The Chinese government has been suppressing minority groups in China in every possible way: culture, languages, arts, environment and Internet censorship, said New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐), who is head of the Taiwan Parliamentary Group for Tibet. The Tibetan government-in-exile will continue to participate in Swachh Bharat, tree-plantation, Yoga Day and other events, Dagpo was quoted as saying by IE.

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The "Thank You India" event at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi had found specific mention in the Foreign Secretary's note.

While Tibetan leaders have officially said they "understand" India's "compulsions", the government has picked sentiments of "outrage, hurt and anger" following the cabinet secretary's note.

Few days after the notice was issued, The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that India's stand on the Dalai Lama is clear.

Gokhale's note is a reflection of India's cautious approach towards Beijing as it embarks on the task of mending fences with its northern neighbour. As many as 60 Indians from Arunachal Pradesh, where from Dalai Lama entered India on March 31, 1959, will kick-start a peace march on March 17 to signify the date.

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