Tibetans to stay committed to non-violent struggle, says exiled PM

January 30th, 2009 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Ahmedabad, Jan 30 (ANI): Tibetan Prime Minister-in-Exile Samdhong Rinpoche, on Friday, stated that China is ”not mature enough”, but assured that Tibetans would continue to tread the path of non-violence while fighting for their cause.
Addressing at an organised religious prayer meeting in Ahmedabad to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 61st death anninersary, Rinpoche expressed hope that the Chinese leadership will work towards finding a solution to the ”Tibetan issue”.
The Tibetan freedom struggle is inspired by the principles of non-violence and truth advocated by ”Father of Nation” Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian freedom struggle. The freedom struggle assumed a political dimension particularly after widespread uprising in Tibet in March 2008.
Rinpoche, after offering prayers at Sabarmati Ashram, set up by Gandhi during India’’s freedom struggle, said that if Tibet is able to commit to non-violence consistently, there is no way that China cannot change.
Tibetan exiles all over the world have been staging protests against the alleged Chinese suppression in their homeland.
Spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama has also expressed his hope that China will eventually change its policy against Tibet.
Dalai Lama, a Noble Laureate, has been living in exile in India since 1959 after a failed insurrection in Tibet against the Chinese rule.
Envoys of the Dalai Lama and China held talks in 2008 after a series of riots which took place in Tibet. China brands the Dalai Lama as a “splittist” accusing him of causing the unrest.
However, the spiritual leader denied the charge, saying he is only seeking greater autonomy for Tibet. (ANI)

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