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  • ...That One Moment Made It All Worth It | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    would shift to the museum the Chinese premier was going to In the meantime I would go up and take up a position along the wall by the time he came back Even as he was about to jump the three foot high fence to reach the scaffolding he saw a policeman walk towards him Tsundue said For a moment I thought it was all over but to my relief he walked by I stood rooted to the ground for a while and then swiftly jumped over the fence and made my way up the scaffold As soon as the five foot three inch Tsundue ascended to the poolside area almost three storeys off the ground he bumped into a group of workmen who were repairing a section of the hotel uressed into striking a conversation to explain his climb up the scaffold Tsundue bluffed that Prakash cementwala had sent him to meet Mr Inamdar When the workers said that there was no Inamdar amidst them he proceeded towards the main building pretending to search for Inamdar After another close shave this time with a hotel security guard Tsundue wasted no time in climbing onto the ladder supporting the materials lift By the time he climbed the height of almost 150 feet and reached the 14th floor of the hotel a sizeable crowd had assembled near the poolside Even as people urged him to climb down Tsundue strapped himself to the ladder with a hook unfolded the 30 foot banner and tied it to the ladder He proceeded to unfurl the Tibetan national flag and began shouting pro Tibet anti China slogans and flung leaflets towards the ground By now Tsundue s actions had attracted passers by Within minutes hundreds of Nariman Point pedestrians had stopped in their tracks bringing

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020117a.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Tibetan Protestor Gets too Close to Zhu | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    the logo Free Tibet and waved the flag to a surprised lot of security personnel the Mumbai police force and casual bystanders The incident was all the more embarrassing for the Mumbai police force as police commissioner MN Singh had just a day earlier stated that the police was confident of keeping the Tibetan protesters under control and would ensure that nothing out of the ordinary happened The drama at Oberoi Hotel lasted for almost an hour between 10 am and 11 am before security personnel climbed out of the windows caught Tsundue and arrested him It was a one man show The idea and inspiration was Tenzin s alone He hadn t told anyone else about it We think he might have managed to go up via the service ladder we re not sure said Aspi B Mistry a volunteer with the Friends of Tibet INDIA soon after the event Tsundue who is the general secretary of the Friends of Tibet INDIA is now believed to be at the Colaba or Cuffe Parade Police station He appears to have quite an individualistic trackrecord so far he won the 2001 Outlook Picador Award for non fiction for his collection of patriotic poems Crossing the Border which he published on his own in 1999 on a shoestring budget while still pursuing an MA in English Literature at Mumbai University The poems depict the life of Tibetan refugees and are marked by the experience of being born in exile and a yearning for his Himalayan homeland At present Tsundue is pursuing a second MA this time in Philosophy apart from his work for the Friends of Tibet INDIA and the pursuance of a career as a writer Meanwhile as part of the protests around 500 Tibetan and Indian supporters gathered at the

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020116.html (2016-04-25)
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  • High Drama at Oberoi as Tibetan Breaches Security | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    their custody and that he was not trying to kill himself Tibetans exiled in India and friends of their cause have been holding a series of protests all over the country to coincide with the visit of the Premier of the State Council of the People s Republic of China Zhu Rongji However Tsundue s act was not pre planned said activists Contrary to what the police claimed the Friends of Tibet INDIA organisation said that Tsundue had no intention of jumping off the building Tibetans do not believe in suicide or killing Tsundue is passionate about the cause of a free Tibet like all of us and this was his way of getting public attention towards the issue said Aspi Mistry of Friends of Tibet INDIA Tsundue an MA in history researching the oral histories of the Tibetan people brought by them to India while fleeing to this country He was the winner of the Outlook essay competition last year The topic of his essay was My Kind Of Exile Prime minister Zhu Rongji is accompanied by his wife Lao An He is on a six day visit to India from January 13 to 18 Rongji was visiting the

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  • Zhu's Men Try to Gag Tibetans in Bombay | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    chests and white shorts At a high level meeting convened by the General Administration Dept GAD to discuss security measures officials from the Counsulate of China insisted that the Vilasrao Deshmukh Government ensure that there were no demonstrations of any kind during Zhu s brief stay Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson Zhang Quiye told the Indian Express It is natural for the host government to guarantee the safety of the delegation and bring about a successful reception Zhu besides visiting the Prince of Wales Museum will address a meeting convened by the CII in the city In fact they wanted an assurance in writing We made it clear that it will not be possible to give blanket assurance since India is a democratic country We also explained to them that even during Indian Prime Minister s visit the metropolis witnessed demonstrations However we will ensure that the law and order will be maintained and his programme in the city will not be affected a senior GAD official said During Zhu Rongji s visit the Maharashtra Tibetan Refugee Association and the Friends of Tibet INDIA are planning massive demonstrations More than 1 000 Tibetans and concerned Indians will hold a 24 hour

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20020115.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Solution to Tibet Lies in Negotiating Autonomy | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Tibet INDIA in the city on Tuesday he said there could neither political handling of the issue nor could diplomatic pressure work now The issue could now perhaps be resolved if the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama and Tibetan representatives sit across the table with the Chinese authorities and discuss the issue of autonomy to the Himalayan state Mr Deshpande an expert on China affairs and professor of contemporary China

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20011214.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Walk With Us On The Rocky Road To Liberty | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    wants to be parliamentary democracy like its neighbour It wants to free its people from arbitrary rules imposed by China The Acharya requested Mumbaikars to join the struggle on humanitarian grounds because what is happening in Tibet is an insult to human dignity and must be stopped Please remember that before China invaded our country India did not have to worry about any border problems with China because Tibet served as a buffer state However after the invasion in 1949 India has to deploy thousands of soldiers to protect its northern and north eastern borders spending more money than it currently does protecting the borders with Pakistan said Acharya Phuntsok The Friends of Tibet INDIA who had organised the talk also screened Garthwait Griffin s film Tibet s Stolen Child a documentary on the alledged abduction of the tenth Panchan Lama of Tibet days after the Dalai Lama recognised the six year old as the spiritual leader and the second most revered person for the Tibetans in May 1995 Tracing the events that led to the kidnapping and the various versions put out by the Chinese officials including the claim that they had already found the real Panchen Lama and

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20001211.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Restive Tibetans To Stage Another Vigil | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    35 has never been to his native place Tibet He was born in India to Tibetan refugees who fled Chinese persercution more than 40 years ago Yeshi despairs at the stalemate over the future of Tibet with China refusing to recognise the Tibet issue as a political dispute and believes that Tibetan exiles must perhaps consider the option of violence Yeshi is a part of the growing number of Tibetan exiles who feel that non violent resistance has proved ineffective in making China enter into negotiations We have been speading awareness about the plight of Tibetans by conducting seminars sit in protests hunger strikes and other non violent measures But it has had no impact on China There is an increasing number of Tibetans in India and back home frustrated with the current situation and want an armed struggle to make China sit up and take a look at the problem he adds But not all his friends share his views Many are wary of armed option particularly with growing international disapproval of violent means to pursue political agenda We want an independent Tibet free of Chinese hegemony where we can practice our religion and respect our culture We have

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20011209.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Indians 'Responsible' For Sufferin | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    want good conditions where Tibetans can lead their lives in a social and cultural context We don t have any membership fees I don t work on a salary Our website is our office The aim of our programmes is awareness of Tibetan problems through arts culture seminars photo exhibitions etc Most Indians don t know that we re spending more money guarding the border with China than that with Pakistan Q Many think the Tibetan cause is futile because every government wants to please China and penetrate its market A No it s not like that To me it seems that the Tibetan struggle is more like a pilgrimage I am not confronting the Chinese people but the government and Western multinational corporations whose views are rooted in ignorance and greed It s not that all Chinese are bad and enemies to the Tibetans It s a struggle rooted in a spiritual consciousness It s a struggle about truth and justice Policies are very relative terms they just pass away with time Q But Western governments and even Thailand won t discuss the Tibetan issue when meeting their Chinese counterparts A Even the Indian government won t officially bring up the issue But I feel our efforts are not to change the government s policies Our task is to transform the view of the common man Q What do you think of Tibetan youths who are increasingly calling for armed struggle as they are disenchanted with the Dalai Lama A Some Tibetan youths are critical of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but they are sincere I personally feel that if violence is used in the short term it will work but in the long term it will create disharmony because there s no genuine reconciliation Looking at it in a spiritual way patience is a very important aspect of spiritual struggle The most important thing is that if the cause is based on truth and justice non violence is the only path Q Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch was once quoted in Vanity Fair magazine as saying that the Dalai Lama is a very political monk running amok in Gucci slippers How do you respond A I have tremendous respect devotion to and admiration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama I think the question of Gucci shoes would not arise if Rupert Murdoch had a chance to meet His Holiness because meeting His Holiness transforms one s inner conscious His Holiness is truly a bodhisattva Q What lessons have you learned from your activities so far A It s very strange when I look back on it now It was more like external involvement as a student as an activist But over the years it has become more like an inner journey to me Tibetan people to me represent a tradition which is very ancient and very reflective of wisdom compassion and humility which sustains them through all hardships So I have personally gained a lot and feel more strongly

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20011001.html (2016-04-25)
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