Tibet Education Initiative at India Social Forum

In the emerging global society where Nation states are facing multifaceted calamities leading to the destruction of their survival. The World Social Forum emerges as one such platform where civil societies around the globe come together to find a common solution to the existing crisis. It is a space and process to develop the collective power of the people’s movement and civil society organisations across the globe, uniting neoliberalism, climate crisis, wars and unforeseen events leading to the destruction of the whole human civilisation. It is a platform to create a harmonious society with alliances for justice, peace and the protection of nature and our planet. Likewise, India Social Forum draws its inspiration from the processes related to the World Social Forum.

The prominent Tibet Support Groups in India namely India Tibet Friendship Society have participated in this event and started their “Tibbat Mukti Sadhna” Campaign in the India Social Forum in Patna. The India Social Forum is scheduled from 2nd the 4th December 2023 at Bihar Vidyapeeth and this Institution has a very historical importance in the Indian freedom struggle. To boycott schools and colleges to support the non-cooperation movement, an alternate education system through Vidyapeeth was introduced by Mahatma Gandhi. Bihar Vidyapeeth is one such institution where students join to support the Indian freedom movement. In this event Tibet stalled and Tibet-related books were distributed among the participants. National Vice President of India Tibet Friendship Society Mr. Surendra Kumar, State VP. Pramod Kumar Sharma, VP. Chandra Bushan, Adv. Rakesh Thakur Mr. V. N. Upadhaya, Dr. Brajesh Kumar Sharma, Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma, Mr. Prabhat Kumar, Mr. Ranjeet Kumar, Mr. Vinay Prashant, Mr. Prashant Gautam and other members have actively participated and explained the participants about Tibet freedom struggle and why it matters to India.

On 3rd December 2023, a seminar was organised by India Tibet Friendship Society where fmr. Member of Parliament and former. VC of the Jain Vishwa Bharti University of Rajasthan Dr Ramjee Singh graced this meeting. ITFS National Vice President Sh. Mr. Surendra Kumar welcomes guests and members who have attended this meeting.

Dr Brajesh Kumar Sharma of ITFS – Sitamarhi Bihar has highlighted the historical facts about Tibet dating back to 1959 when more than 85000 Tibetans along with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama sought refuge in India when Tibet was forcefully occupied by Communist China killing millions of Tibetans. He pointed out that China can never be trusted especially after the 1962, Galwan and Arunachal border hostility created by Communist China. He requested the Indian Parliamentarian to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Parliament House and to honour him with India’s Highest Civilian Award “Bharat Ratna”. 

And to take Tibbat Mukti Sadhna on a larger scale Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma stated Indians should take four major responsibilities 1: to raise the Tibet issue wherever possible 2: to constantly connect with media personnel and constantly inform with Tibet issues 3: to request the respective MP’s to raise Tibet issues in the Indian Parliament 4: to always focus on peaceful solution of Tibet.

Manoj Kumar fmr. VC. Of Mahatma Gandhi Hindu University, Wardha raised his concerns about weakening global organisations and their inability to take uniform solutions to tragedies occurring around the globe.

“Whether it is about the Ukraine war or Isreal – Israeli-Palestinian conflict the world has to unite and take lasting and peaceful solutions”, he said. He further talked about the centuries-old historical relations between India and Tibet that degenerated following the Chinese occupation causing enormous trouble to India, especially the border conflict & water pollution of major rivers in the Asia subcontinent.

V. N. Upadhaya underscored the geo-political and environmental significance for India in supporting the Tibetan cause.  Dr. Upadhaya highlighted the prevailing Chinese policy of separating an estimated 1 million Tibetan children from their families to forcefully enrol at Chinese boarding schools which are part of a broader strategy of China to dilute Tibetan identity and assimilate Tibetans into the majority Chinese culture.

Dr. Ramjee Singh specified that to solve the issue of Tibet the Indian political party should take a unified stand “Ek Bharat, Ek Drishti”, a party less unified approach. He requested the Indian masses to connect with Tibetan communities and strengthen the India – Tibet relationship. 

India Tibet Coordination Office, Acting Coordinator Tenzin Jorden explained the grave situation faced by Tibetans under the Communist regime Tibet and expressed his gratitude to the Indian Government and Tibet Support Groups in India for constantly supporting Tibbat Mukti Sadhna.

Sh. Surendra Kumar reminds the Indian friends of the 1962 Indian parliamentary resolution on China passed by the Parliament of India on 14 November 1962. The unanimous resolution adopted during Sino-Indian War pledged to get back the territory occupied by the Chinese to the last inch. The goodwill and friendship by India towards China based on recognition of each other’s independence, non-aggression and non-interference, and peaceful co-existence, China has betrayed this goodwill and friendship and the principles of Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence The Panchsheel which had been agreed to between the two countries and has committed aggression and initiated a massive invasion of India by the Chinese military in 1962.

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