DHARAMSALA, June 30: Indresh Kumar, a senior functionary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-largely regarded as the parent body of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which recently won the Indian general election, said Tibetan people should continue their peaceful struggle for self rule while extending his unswerving support to the Tibetan cause during a public address held on June 30 in Dharamsala.
He also called for a worldwide intellectual and political approach to urge China to hold dialogue with Tibetan representatives and question China on the whereabouts of the Panchen Lama and the repressive policies that are being pursued in Tibet.
The public address was attended by among others, Dolma Gyari, the Kalon (Cabinet Minister) for Home Depart of the Central Tibetan Administration and representatives of various Tibetan NGOs based in Dharamsala.
Indicating a renewed approach towards Tibet, the BJP-led Indian government invited Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay and Kalon Dolma Gyari to the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“It is a due recognition given to the Central Tibetan Administration by the new Indian government,” said Mr Kumar, who is also the founder of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society.
“The new Indian government will provide its best co-operation and support towards the Tibetan cause,” he added.
While thanking Mr Kumar for his continued support towards Tibet, Kalon Dolma Gyari urged him to resolve various difficulties being faced by the Tibetan people in exile, including the case against 210 Tibetan families for allegedly encroaching on forest land in Mcleod Ganj.
He also met Penpa Tsering and Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, speaker and deputy speaker of the Tibetan parliament and, representatives of Tibetan NGOs and Tibet support groups in the morning.