On Tuesday, October 12, Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajendra Arlekar attended an event of the Tibetan Youth Congress, an organization that advocates Tibet’s independence from China.
“The Tibetan Youth Congress is a worldwide organization of Tibetans united in our common struggle for the restoration of the full independence of Tibet, including the provinces of U-Tsang, Do-toe and Do-med,” said the group. website said.
The event, marking the conclusion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations ceremony of the Tibetan Youth Congress, was also attended by Penpa Tsering, the new Sikyong (chairman) of the Tibetan government-in-exile, based in Dharamshala in the Himachal Pradesh.
In a Tweeter Earlier today (October 13), Sikyong said it greeted the governor of Himachal Pradesh during the ceremony.
This development comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama his birthday in July. In a significant change from the past, and amid a tense military standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, Modi had publicly acknowledged the phone call on Twitter the same day, possibly to send a message to Beijing.
In 2020, during the deadlock in eastern Ladakh, a Special Frontier Force (SFF) unit made up of volunteers from the Tibetan refugee community in India participated in the operation to take control of the heights of the Kailash mountain range near Chushul.
Tenzin Nyima, a Tibetan soldier who was killed during the operation, received a public funeral with military honors, including the firing of a volley of shots by the ceremonial guard. Flags of independent Tibet were displayed alongside the Indian tricolor during his funeral, in the presence of Bharatiya Janata party leader Ram Madhav.
These developments have once again revived interest in Indian Tibetan politics and the issue of the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.
“Senior security officials in India, including within the Prime Minister’s office, have been involved in discussions on how New Delhi can influence the choice of the next Dalai Lama,” journalist Sudhi Ranjan Sen said. in a report in Bloomberg earlier this year, citing anonymous sources within the Indian defense establishment.
“From January to March,” despite tensions in Ladakh, “India called five separate assemblies of monks from various sects in the region – the first time such gatherings have taken place in over 2,000 years. The government hopes that this group will grant the international community legitimacy to the current successor of the Dalai Lama and help fill a power vacuum, as it could take two decades or more for a reincarnation to be identified and come of age. “