Global Lawmakers’ Meet on Tibet Called Off in India

The high profile event of global lawmaker’s meet on Tibet scheduled to be held in India’s capital New Delhi has been called off. It is an impact of India’s move at ‘sensitive times’ to appease China that has leaked in the beginning of this month leading to a bunch of Tibetan events to be called off or postponed indefinitely.

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP MP Shanta Kumar, the co-convenor of the conference has confirmed according to the report in The Hindu that the 7th World Parliamentarian’s Convention on Tibet, which had been planned for April 26-28 in Delhi has been postponed indefinitely.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) did not give any reasons for the postponement, only saying that it had been done due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Mr. Kumar, who also heads the Indo-Tibet Parliamentarians forum, did not indicate any alternative date when the conference would be held.” said the report in The Hindu on Thursday.

‘Thank You India’ event that is scheduled to take place on March 31 now shifted from the original venue of Thyagaraj Sport Complex in New Delhi to Dharamshala and the Dalai Lama event scheduled for April 1 in the national capital has been called off after the central government directed the government functionaries to skip such events in view of the upcoming high profile meetings between the Indian and Chinese leadership. However, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson issued a clarification that they have not changed its stand on the highly revered His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in India.

The Tibetan Parliament in Exile based in Dharamshala at the Central Tibetan Administration has been doing its preparations for the global conference in New Delhi since last year as the high profile global event had return to India as its venue after 24 years. The 6th World Parliamentarian’s Convention on Tibet was held in Canada in 2012 attended by more than 50 parliamentarians from 30 countries.

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