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Issue echoes in Parliament

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NEW DELHI: The happenings in Tibet figured in Parliament on Monday, when members of the National Democratic Alliance walked out of the Lok Sabha protesting “violation of human rights” in that country.

Raising the matter during zero hour, Vijay Kumar Malhotra (BJP) described the Lhasa incidents as “ethnic genocide” and wanted the government to condemn the happenings. He said Tibet, besides being a neighbour, shared cultural ties with India.

Responding to the members’ concern, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed distress over the “unsettled situation and violence” in Tibet and wanted the causes of trouble in the autonomous region of China resolved through dialogue and non-violent means.

Ramjilal Suman (Samajwadi Party) said India should join the global community in ending “human rights violation in Tibet.” B. Mahtab of the Biju Janata Dal said India should stand up against any kind of “ethnic cleansing.”

Raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha, Yashwant Sinha (BJP) said everybody wanted good relations with China but it did not mean surrendering India’s national interest.

“India should not remain a mute spectator to what was going on there,” he said, demanding that the government make a statement.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Mr. Malhotra too said the government should make a statement and India should join the global community and the United Nations in condemning the incidents.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters that the party “expresses its concern about the violence and unsettled situation in the entire region and the deaths of innocent persons.”

There was “the dire necessity to take recourse by non-violent means to bring peace and security in that autonomous region.”

He hoped that a stabler situation would prevail there at the earliest.

George Fernandes of the Janata Dal (United) expressed disappointment that Parliament had not even attempted to pass a resolution to condemn the developments.

He called upon fellow MPs to stand up for Tibetans.

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