ITCF to observe protest day against China on 20 Oct in Tawang

ITANAGAR, 31 Jul: The India-Tibetan Cooperation Forum (ITCF), an umbrella body of Indians supporting the Tibetan freedom movement, on Saturday that it has decided to observe 20 October as a protest day against the Chinese aggression on Arunachal in 1962 and Ladakh in 2020.

The Chinese attack on Arunachal had started on 20 October, 1962. The armies of India and China were also engaged in a face-off at Galwan valley in Ladakh in June last year.

Dharamshala-based Central Tibetan Administration’s newly-elected President (Sikyong) Penpa Tsering, recognized as the highest political leader for exiled Tibetans across the world, is likely to attend the function, senior ITCF functionary Rinchen Khandu Khrimey said.

“Sino-India ties cannot progress unless the Tibet issue is amicably resolved and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama regains his Potala Palace in Lhasa in a dignified manner,” Khrimey said.

He said during a meeting of the ITCF in Guwahati (Assam) on Friday that it was decided that the ITCF and other India-Tibet support groups would hold the function in Tawang on 20 October.

Khrimey added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual head, gave fresh hope to millions of Tibetans.

The 14th Dalai Lama has made India his home since fleeing China in 1959.

Tsering, who was sworn in as the president of the Tibetan government-in-exile, is likely to visit Tibetan settlements at various places during his trip in October, said Khrimey, the national convenor of Tibetan cause India Core Group, which is a part of the ITCF. (PTI)