Dharamshala: A delegation of the Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy comprising Shri Sunil Kumar Mondal, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Chandra Sekhar Bellana, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, MP (Rajya Sabha); Shri S Gnanathiraviam, MP (Rajya Sabha); Shri Kishan Kapoor, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Sanjay Seth, MP (Rajya Sabha); Shri Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Chairperson, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Gurjeet Singh Aujla, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Harish Dwivedi, MP (Rajya Sabha); Shri Sanjay Haribabu Jadhav MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Jai Prakash, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Dipsinh Shankarsinh Rathod, MP (Lok Sabha) and Shri Rajendra Gehlot, MP (Rajya Sabha) are on an official tour of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. Many of the members of the delegation accompanied by officials of the Ministry and Secretariat paid a visit to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on 26th April 2022.
Members of the Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy, led by the Speaker, were warmly welcomed at the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat by Shri Sunil Kumar Mondal, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Chandra Sekhar Bellana, MP (Lok Sabha); Shri Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, MP (Rajya Sabha); Shri S Gnanathiraviam, MP (Rajya Sabha); Shri Kishan Kapoor, MP (Lok Sab The Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile greeted the delegation in the Standing Committee's hall and welcomed each of them to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. He expressed his gratitude to India and its people for supporting and assisting exiled Tibetans for more than six decades since China's occupation of Tibet, particularly for providing a safe refuge for the preservation of Tibet's distinct culture and religion. The Speaker explained the composition and election process of Tibetan Parliament members and briefed them on the constitution and functioning of the Tibetan Parliament's Standing Committee, while introducing each of the members of the Standing Committee, while speaking about the evolution of Tibetan democratic polity under His Holiness the Dalai Lama's leadership.
The Speaker went on to say that the Tibetan Parliament is a unicameral body with no political parties that meets twice a year and takes individual positions on the issues that are debated. He also asked Indian MPs to speak out against human rights violations in Tibet, outlining how the Central Tibetan Administration works to address the Tibet issue and advocates for Tibetans living there.
Finally, the Speaker described the books given to the Indian MPs and expressed gratitude for their visit to the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
Following that, Shri Kishan Kapoor, MP (Lok Sabha), spoke at the gathering and expressed his delight at visiting the TPiE and applauded the meeting of Indian and Tibetan MPs, saying that the Tibetan-Indian relationship is setting an example for the rest of the world to follow. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who propagated the message of peace over the world, should be awarded with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, according to the MP.
Shri Kishan Kapoor, speaking on India's security, described how the problem of Tibet is central to the border conflicts and asked Indian legislators to support the Tibetan cause.
Following that, the Indian legislators participated in an interactive session with Tibetan legislators before viewing the Parliament Hall.
(Information Supplied by Tibet.net)
By Team TRC