Buddhists here in Syracuse and elsewhere are as usual spiritually connected to the struggle of the Tibetan people internationally for survival. Now there has been controversy over the purchasing of land by Tibetans in Himachal, India. Akhilesh Bharati has reported for BigNewsNetwork, http://www.bignewsnetwork.com, “Controversy over purchasing of land by Tibetans in Himachal”.
The Central Tibetan Administration has denied receiving any notice so far by the Himachal Pradesh High Court regarding this matter. But, it has been reported that the Himachal Pradesh High Court issued notices this week to the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, the Government of India and the State government regarding permission granted to Tibetan refugees for purchase of land in the State.
Migyur Dorjee, the Cabinet Secretary in Central Tibetan Administration, has said the High Court has issued the notice but he has not received it so far and he is ready to respond to the legal notice only when he receives it. Dorjee has said “The High Court has issued a notice regarding the land and other issues also. But we haven’t received any notices from the high court so far. So, therefore it is too early for us to comment on that. As when we receive the notices then I think we will look into that.”
The Himachal Pradesh High Court passed the notices on a petition challenging the actions of the State authorities to allow Tibetans to purchase land in the state, which is the violation of Section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act that barred outsiders from purchasing land in the State. Tenzin Tsondu, a Tibetan activist has said that the notices passed are not much to be worried about as he and his countrymen are only refugees in India and their main aim is to return back to their mother land-Tibet.
Tsondu has said “There are number of Tibetans living in India and for us the on going Tibetan freedom struggle is the most important focus of our life. We are here as refugees and we are only temporarily staying in India and we hope and we are working towards our final return to Tibet.” The 32 pages of this petition are also reported to seek removal of the national flag of Tibetan Government-in-Exile from Indian soil, stating that it is repugnant to the Indian Constitution. The Himachal Pradesh High Court has given two months notice to the State Government to answer the petition.
The hearts and minds of Buddhists here in Syracuse and other Buddhists across the world are in support of a favorable outcome for the Tibetans to this contentious issue regarding land ownership in Himachal, India.
Photographer: Arvind Balaraman
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