Statement of The Indian Government At The United Nations, 1965

A significant development during the session in 1965 was India’s support of the resolution. During the previous sessions in 1959 and1961 India had abstained from voting. The full text is given below.

MR. ZAKARIA (INDIA):As representatives are aware, for the past fifteen years the question of Tibet has been from time to time under the consideration of the United Nations. It was first raised here in 1950 at the Fifth session of the General Assembly but it could not be placed on the agenda,In fact, my country opposed Its Inclusion at that time because we were assured by China that it was anxious to settle the problem by peaceful means. However, instead of improving, the situation in Tibet began to worsen, and since then the question has come up several times before the General Assembly of the United Nations.Our delegations participated In the discussion at the Fourteenth Session In 1959 and although we abstained from voting we made it clear that because of our close historical, cultural and religious ties with the Tibetans, we could not but be deeply moved and affected by what was happening in that region. We hoped against hope that wiser counsel would prevail among the Chinese and that there would be an end to the sufferings of the people. of Tibet.””However, the passage of time has completely belied our hopes. As the day pass, the situation becomes worse and cries out for the attention of all mankind. As we know, ever since Tibet came under the stranglehold of China, the Tibetans have been subjected to a continuous and increasing ruthlessness which has few parallel in the annals of the world. In the name of introducing ‘democratic reforms” and fighting a “counter-revolution,” the Chinese have indulged in the worst kind genocide and the suppression of a minority race.”

“Two being with, we in India were hopeful that, as contacts between the Chine,’ and the Tibetans under the changed set-up became closer and more intimate, more harmonious relationship would emerge. In fact, in 1965, as a result of h long talks with Mr. Chou En-lai the Chinese Premier, my late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru felt confident that a mutually agreeable adjustment between the two peoples would be established. even the Dalai Lama expressed a similar hope to our late Prime Minister, but, as subsequent event shave proved, the Chinese never believed in living up to their assurances. They promised autonomy to Tibet and the safe guarding of Its culture and religious heritage and traditions but, as the International Commission of Jurists its June 1959 report on Tibet has emphasized they attempted on the contrary: … Read more