New Delhi, July 24, 2023: On July 23, 2023, a crucial meeting was called by the Core Group for Tibetan Cause – India (CGTC-I), which speaks on behalf of all Tibet Support Groups (TSGs) in India. The meeting was held in the New Delhi office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The meeting, which was presided over by CGTC-I National Convener Shri R. K. Khrimey, included National Co-Conveners Ven. Lama Chosphel Zotpa, Shri Surendra Kumar, and Shri Arvind Nikose, as well as prominent individuals like Lobsang Shastri, a representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s bureau, and Tenzin Lekshay, additional secretary of DIIR, CTA. Twelve CGTC-I regional conveners as well as the coordinator and employees of the India Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO) were also present.
The meeting’s opening remarks were made by Tashi Dekyi, Deputy Coordinator of ITCO, who also gave a brief rundown of the agenda. Thupten Rinzin’s debut as the new ITCO Coordinator was also seen by the crowd.
A minute of silence was spent in honor of the Tibetan Martyrs and Tibet Support Group members who had given their life to the Tibbat Mukti Sadhana cause in a moving act of remembering.
The first meeting following the CGTC-I’s reorganization, the members used the chance to identify themselves. Shri R. K. Khrimey emphasized the importance of the reformation of the CGTC-I and its crucial role in the Tibetan cause in his opening comments. He outlined two main goals for the group: the first was to help His Holiness the Dalai Lama/CTA leadership representatives and the Government of the People’s Republic of China resume their dialogue; the second was to make an appeal to India and other world leaders to put pressure on the Chinese leadership to prioritize the dialogue.
The Dalai Lama’s representative, Lobsang Shastri, reaffirmed the long-standing ties between India and Tibet by highlighting their common Guru-Chela connection. He sent his best wishes for a fruitful meeting and offered his sincere thanks to the Indian government and people for their consistent support of the Tibetan community over the last six decades.
The topic of debate was the course of action after the 7th All India Tibet Support Groups Conference (AITSG), which was held in New Delhi on November 28th and 29th, 2022. Under the direction of the CGTC-I Regional Conveners, plans were developed for the TSGs to implement the suggested activities via coordinated efforts. The goals, structure, and operating guidelines of CGTC-I were also modified during the conference, and a five-member committee was established to finalize these revisions.
Participants stressed the need of increasing Tibet knowledge among the broader Indian public to support the Tibetan independence cause, realizing the crucial necessity for a strong relationship between CGTC-I and TSGs. To improve the Core Group’s activities and guarantee the continuing spirit of Tibet Mukti Sadhana (Tibetan Freedom Movement), constructive criticism and recommendations were shared.
The India Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO), New Delhi, planned how the conference would be facilitated.
At the Country Club in Sainik Farms, New Delhi, a dinner was thrown in honor of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause – India members as a sign of unity and fraternity. Dr. Vijay Jolly, a senior BJP politician and passionate supporter of Tibet, generously hosted the meal. Dr. Jolly sent his warmest wishes to every member of the CGTC-I and reaffirmed his unshakable support for the cause of the Tibetans.
As the CGTC-I takes aggressive measures to promote the Tibetan cause and improve links between India and Tibet, the gathering represents a critical turning point in the continuing battle for Tibet’s liberation. The Core Group and its affiliated support organizations are recommitted to maintaining the Tibet Mukti Sadhana’s brilliant light.