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  • India's 50 Most Stylish People: The ELLE Hotlist! | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Elle magazine has to say about the selection Editors View At Elle we have always insisted that fashion is more than following trends blindly It is an expression of individuality A free will Therefore Hotlist 2002 includes fashion maverick Anshu Arora Sen as well as an impossibly elegant Shoba De Dr Vijay Mallya and activist Tenzin Tsundue also make it to this roll call One is a hugely successful entrepreneur

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020701.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Tibetan Struggle Needs A Boost To Achieve Its Goal | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    has become a comfortable bed which has made Tibetans complacent Due to comforts in India the Tibetans have forgotten the cause of Tibet Tenzin was caught in January for climbing the 14th floor of a Mumbai hotel shouting anti China slogans and unfurling Tibetan flag from the window He said Friends of Tibet INDIA has built its network at grassroots level and local leaders of the community on regular intervals inform the Tibetans about the situation inside Tibet We want to take out processions hold rallies on the issue of Tibet Lack of initiative has made the struggle very passive We are telling people to do something on their own instead of waiting for help from others he said In this fresh move to make the community especially the youth proactive the activists of the Friends of Tibet INDIA have launched different programmes like workshops talks and seminars These different programmes aim at energising empowering and making Tibetans aware about the Tibetan issue Besides the Friends of Tibet INDIA will educate the youth how to organise protest marches and how to take the struggle to its logical end Disclosing this Tsundue said workshops would be organised in six different Tibetan camps in North east and other areas dominated by Tibetans Friends of Tibet INDIA will create leaders in Tibetan settlements who would be further motivate more people of the community to take more active part in the freedom struggle Its like Tibet is on fire and we are outside screaming for help admist comforts of living in independent countries How can we ask our people stranded inside to face the fire while we are enjoying We should ask ourselves what have we done for our country and whether we are performing any duty honestly said Tenzin He said only aggressive

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020514.html (2016-04-25)
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  • I Live and Dream Only of a Free Tibet | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    up however difficult the odds may appear to be For him Mumbai is a great city because it allows him the freedom that his own country never did The freedom to articulate his political position without fear Why did you climb up the scaffolding of the Oberoi and hang the Tibetan flag from the fourteenth floor Were you seeking instant stardom No I just wanted the Prime Minister of China to see me I wanted our eyeballs to lock He symbolises for me the tragedy of my people I wanted to remind him that six million people cannot be held as slaves forever We want our freedom We demand our freedom Have you ever been to Tibet Yes I sneaked in across the border After graduating in English Literature from the Loyola College in Chennai I went to Ladakh and from Ladakh I sneaked across the border to Tibet There I met many people I figured out how deeply committed the Tibetan people are to their cause of freedom They are the hope They are the future Not us What can we do from here Very little They are the ones struggling out there and I admire them very much I was caught and imprisoned there for three months and I know how difficult life out there is The police interrogated me for weeks on an end and then threw me out They cannot even tolerate that a young man can want to see his own country What do you do for a livelihood Nothing I have no job I do not even need one I have two pairs of torn jeans and two old T shirts which speak of my love for my motherland I eat once a day and my friends who are mostly Indians take me out

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020326.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Tibetan Nun Recounts Horrors of Chinese Torture | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    atrocities committed by the Chinese against the Tibetans in their own land Recounting the horrors of the camp Passang says I was imprisoned in 1989 because I had participated in a demonstration against the Chinese along with 20 other nuns Nine of us were captured and severely beaten At the camp we were lined up slapped and kicked mercilessly Electric shocks were administered to me until I lost consciousness I was interrogated for days together For days they tortured me They wanted to know who I worked for and they were rebelling against them Finally they stopped asking me questions I was in Lhasa camp for three years Things would not get better for Passang for a long time I was placed in solitary confinement for a month she says I was then moved to labour camp Here she along with other prisoners was forced to work in inhuman conditions We were made to collect human excreta for manure in the fields The food was rotten even the animals would not touch it As a result many fell ill and since there was no treatment available died of many kinds of diseases After serving her term she was released All wanted to do see the Dalai Lama So I escaped to India Passang with 12 others travelled for over a month on foot on treacherous terrain to arrive in Dharamsala After her arrival in India she made up her mind to study her religion I wanted to be free to practice my own religion openly she says When asked about how she felt towards Chinese after her experience she says since I am a Buddhist nun I have to carefully assess my thoughts and feelings I can t be angry with any individual In fact my first reaction was anger

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020317.html (2016-04-25)
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  • The Tibetan Triangle | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    under the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission Scheme It was in February in the middle of winter where the only access to Natu La the handing over point was over a narrow mule track from mile 5 on what is now the Gangtok Natu La highway No officer was allowed to accompany the party but this writer did so in the uniform of a sepoy To irritate the Chinese at the Pass the handing over was deliberately delayed for four hours to a very irritated Chinese Political Officer dressed in immaculate typical dark blue Chinese uniform and mounted on a caparisoned sturdy Tibetan pony The superciliousness of the Chinese Officer was evident as he fretted and fumed over the delay During the 1965 War against Pakistan this writer then a Brigade commander encountered the PLA in an eyeball to eyeball confrontation when the Chinese moved up 1000 men towards the Pass in an attempt to relieve pressure on the beleaguered Pakistanis in the West When the Marathas at the Pass did not budge under intense provocation after four skirmishes quiet descended along the watershed except for the ongoing proxy war All this is by way of background On January 3 1967 the Chinese using bonded Tibetan labour joined their side of Natu La with a motorable road from the road head in the Chumbi Valley below Since those days Tibet has undergone a sea change Using reprehensible means beyond the pale of human rights at even the most basic level the Chinese Government did all in its power to settle the Han Chinese from Mainland China in Tibet at the expense of the Tibetans In this coldly calculated plan the Tibetans 6 million have been outnumbered by the mainland Chinese 7 million a situation that will be further aggravated when the Gormu Lhasa railway linking mainland China is completed It is on record that the Chinese President has stated that though the construction of this rail link is uneconomical it will be completed and extended to Shigatse and then on to Sinkiang The labour for this project has been imported from China Under the guise of improving the lot of the locals of the so called Tibet Autonomous Region developmental activities are proudly shown to tourists as efforts being made to improve the lot of the Tibetans This is far from the truth These developmental activities are meant to enable China to strengthen its stranglehold on this once peaceful land to a point of no return In doing so thousands of Tibetans have either lost their lives or have sought refuge in India The rest is history That the Chinese are most sensitive to any criticism of their hold on Tibet their human rights record and other illegal activities as for instance using it as a dumping ground for nuclear waste is too well known to deserve recall When such issues were raised with a nine member high powered Chinese delegation at a seminar held recently in the University town of

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020301.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Don't Fight Terror with Terror: Dalai Lama | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    and strain had triggered off this ailment This sudden illness had led to the postponement midway of the 10 day Kalchakra festival which kicked off in Bodh Gaya in Bihar on January 21 After recounting how and when he had last had such severe stomach problems in 1958 and then again in 1959 the former sparked off by some grapes possibly from India he expressed his immense gratitude to all those who worked and prayed for his speedy recovery Though he initially brushed off a question on China s recent promise of amnesty to those Tibetans abroad who returned voluntarily to Tibet saying later he relented seconds afterwards to say that this would happen only when some degree of autonomy was returned to Tibet He stressed that he did not seek independence but respect for the Tibetan way of life which was being relentlessly suppressed and destroyed by China He also pointed out that now there was an elected representative of the Tibetan people to take the struggle forward so he was taking some time out I m on holiday he said with a grin Asked about his views on terrorism that so changed the world since 9 11 the Tibetan leader said that moments after hearing about the attacks on the US he had written a letter to United States president George Bush advising restraint in his reaction to the strikes He had also lead a prayer meeting for the victims the very next day The planning of this event took weeks or months so obviously the people who did this were smart were intelligent and therefore the chances were that they had been guided by negative emotions caused by family social or even national difficulties he said The only way to overcome these negative emotions was through love

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020207.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Height Of Dissent | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    caught by securitymen for releasing a Free Tibet banner on the 12th floor of Mumbai s Oberoi Hotel last week while Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji was addressing a business meeting has one more claim to fame He was the prize winner of last year s Outlook Picador non fiction writing contest And we thought the pen is mightier than the sword Friends of Tibet INDIA PO Box 16674 Bombay 400050

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020128.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Reaching Up, Out | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    of the suffering of their people in Tibet We were often told that we all bore a big R on our foreheads It didn t make much sense to us and for a long time I believed that we really had this sign on our foreheads Perhaps the first thing I learnt at school was that we were refugees and didn t belong to this country he says In fact Tenzin s father still nurses the dream of going back home He refuses to repair the tiled roof of their house which drips badly in the monsoon When the Tibetans first settled in Karnataka they decided to grow only papayas and vegetables thinking they would definitely go back in 10 years time This waiting seems to be redefining eternity he says Says Tenzin My parents cannot even speak any Indian language They do not even know how to dial a phone number I have told them not to expect me to take up a nice job and provide them with amenities he hasn t even collected his degree certificate from Bombay University I have promised to take them back to Tibet My life is now dedicated to our freedom struggle On January 16 when Zhu was in Mumbai Tibetans were asked to stage their protest at the Azad Maidan But what was the use when Zhu wouldn t even notice Tenzin thought So he planned out a novel way to attract attention For a whole week before the visit he read newspapers to learn about the Premier s itinerary He stitched together three Chinese national flags to make the 30 feet banner On the D Day he climbed the scaffolding near the northern gate of the hotel with the banner hidden under his clothes Once he had climbed up there

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020127.html (2016-04-25)
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