46th working committee meeting of TYC commences in Delhi
DHARAMSALA, Jul 27: The 46th working committee meeting of Tibetan Youth Congress, the largest pro-independence organization commenced on July 24 at Majnukatilla, Delhi.
A total of 130 executive members from 35 regional chapters of TYC are participating in the six-day meeting to discuss 11 issues related to the future work of the organization.
Tenpa Tsering, representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Delhi was the Chief Guest on the first day of the meeting which was also attended by presidents of other NGOs based in Delhi.
Addressing the meeting, Tenpa Tsering spoke on the commendable work done by TYC in the past due to which the organization has earned much appreciation from His Holiness, support from Central Tibetan Administration and respect from the Tibetan people.
He also said that irresponsible remarks made by some TYC members against His Holiness and the Central Tibetan Administration have led to the waning support from the Tibetan people lately.
“Lately Tibetan people’s opinion on TYC has differed because of attempts made by some TYC members to criticize the middle way policy supported by His Holiness, CTA and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. Rather than criticizing the Chinese government for the failure of Sino-Tibet negotiations, they laid the blame on His Holiness and the Central Tibetan Administration. In my opinion, because of these reasons Tibetan people’s opinion on TYC has relatively changed; not because TYC stands for Tibetan independence,” Tempa Tsering said.
Several regional chapters of Tibetan Youth Congress had disassociated themselves from the organization on ideological reasons in the past. Those regional chapters wanted the Tibetan Youth Congress to change its stand from complete independence to middle way approach, which do not seek separation from China but demands ‘genuine autonomy’ for Tibet.
Tenzin Jigme, President of TYC in his address spoke on the long life prayer offering made to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by the organization and a similar issue over ideology recently raised by regional Tibetan Youth Congress, New York/ New Jersey.
“All the TYC members must respect the organization’s charter which stands for complete independence. Terms of the charter cannot be selectively followed like choosing what food to eat according to your taste for the day,” Jigme said.