Dharamshala Nov 30, 2017: Tibetan Youth Congress, a worldwide non-governmental organization of Tibetans is launching a nationwide grassroots level campaign among the Indian people on the undeniable cultural and historical bond between Tibet and India, and the strategic importance of relation of Tibetan Independence with the security interest of India. The month long campaign will start from three different cities McLeod Ganj (Dharamshala), Salaugara (West Bengal) and Chennai on Dec 10, World Human Rights Day and will cover over 150 towns and cities all over India.

The campaign aims to raise awareness on the Tibet issue and garner support of the Indian people and government leaders to recognize that Tibet was historically an Independent country and is currently an occupied nation by the communist government of China. This campaign will include travelling from village to village, towns to towns and cities to cities where at each stop; public rally, press conferences, distribution of pamphlets, signing of petitions, and advocacy work would be organized.

India and Tibet shares a long historical, cultural, religion and trade relations that brings the two countries into a close-knitted neighborhood. By virtue of its geographical closeness too, the two countries political, environmental and economic fate are greatly inextricably interlinked. Tibet’s transboundary and transnational position directly affects the national interests of India. The loss of Tibet as its buffer zone after the Chinese invasion in 1949, replaced a peaceful historical Indo-Tibetan border with the trouble-ridden, highly tensed Sino-Tibetan border. Since then, India and China, two nuclear powers and giants of Asia, have had treacherous eyeball to eyeball confrontations over the decades with the ghosts of the brief yet bloody 1962 war looming large over them. The recent standoff between the two countries in the Droklam region, which has historically been a part of Tibet, reinforces the fact that India’s Security lies in an Independent Tibet. China’s expansionist policies and its global ambitions are clearly spelled out in the hostile and callous manner in which they have responded to the ongoing crisis in Droklam. China has played the victim card, led an international diplomatic assault to portray India as the aggressor while sending out not so subtle threats to India.

The communist government of China has shown no remorse in siding with nations and groups who vehemently oppose India. They have plotted to contain India militarily and limit India’s global outreach by blocking India’s entry into NSG and obstructing India’s candidature as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Beyond the strategic vantage point that Tibet holds looking over south Asia, China also controls the mighty rivers that flow down from the plateau which support and sustain livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people living downstream. The dumping of nuclear wastes in Tibet, building of dams, diversion of rivers and deforestation will create imminent disasters since Himalayan rivers like Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra etc. originate in Tibet.

Tibetan Youth Congress, the largest Tibetan NGO in exile, asserts that Tibet’s independence is the safest guarantee for India’s security and peace along the Himalayas. TYC President Tenzing Jigme stated that, “it is in India’s interest that New Delhi officially recognizes Tibet as an illegally occupied nation and leads a regional coalition to pressure China to resolve the issue of Tibet. The buffer zone has now become a war zone and if we want a zone of peace in the region then Tibet must be Free”.

1. We appeal to the Indian people to urge their MLA’s to take up the issue of Tibet in their respective legislative assembly.

2. We appeal to the government of India to review its policy and recognize that Tibet was historically an Independent country and is currently an occupied nation by China.

3. We appeal to the India masses and Tibetans to Boycott products Made in China