New Delhi: The Tibetans residing in Delhi and other adjacent areas like Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad, organised a massive rally from Ramlila Ground to Jantar Mantar to mark the global solidarity with Tibet day on 10 December.
Addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative, Mr Tempa Tsering, read out Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay’s statement, following which Mr Choekyong Wangchuk, a Tibetan parliamentarian, delivered the parliament’s statement. A minute’s silence was observed to show solidarity with all those Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet.
Indian dignitaries, Mr Balbir Punj, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Lt. General (Rtd.) N S Malik, former deputy Chief of Army Staff, and Mr JP Nadda, National General Secretary and Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), spoke on the occasion to express their solidarity with Tibet.
A Tibetan parliamentary delegation visited the United Nations Information Center to submit a petition signed by 357,000 people during the flame of truth relay across the world. The petition calls for the United Nations’ intervention in finding a lasting solution to the long-standing issue of Tibet, and send an immediate fact-finding delegation to assess the prevailing critical situation inside Tibet.
Later in the evening, hundreds of Indian supporters and friends took part in a candle light vigil organised by Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India, at Jantar Mantar.
All the shops in Samyeling Tibetan Settlement, Ladakh Buddh Vihar and Tibetan Sweater Sellers Market in Delhi and nearby areas remained closed to mark the day.