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  • 'Festival of Tibet': Agra, November 2-7, 2000
    Scorsese Shadow Circus CIA in Tibet Ritu Sarin Tenzing Sonam and The Cup Khentse Rinpoche Also an exhibition and sale of Thangka Scroll paintings handicrafts and books by the Charitable Trust of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Paljor Publications Traditional Tibetan Dance by Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts at the Agra Jaypee Palace Progammes included teachings on Buddhism and meditation by Venerable Kalsang Damdul Asst Director Institute of Buddhist Dialectics Dharamshala talks by Prof Samdhong Rinpoche Chairman Tibetan Government in Exile on The Future of Tibet Kelon TC Tethong Minister for International Relations Tibetan Government in Exile on Today s Tibet Thupten Samphel DIIR Kalraj Mishra BJP state chief Uttar Pradesh and Anshuman Mishra Vice President Deepak Chopra Foundation Later Venerable Yeshi Togden President of Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet spoke to the gathering about his Prison experiences in Tibet exhibiting the torture weapons the ex political prisoners smuggled out of Tibet when they escaped This was followed by a question answer session Public Meeting for Tibet Kalon TC Tethong Prof Samdhong Rinpoche Kalraj Mishra and Anshuman Mishra Buddhist Tantric teachings include methods for the purification of the psycho physical components of human beings through meditation upon a

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  • Tibet Day: Chennai, November 11, 2000
    Police Walter Devaram with the auspicious offering of the chamar made of barley and chang which was followed by speeches including Ngodup Dorjee Dalai Lama s Representative to South India Tsering Tsomo Executive Director Tibetan Parliamentary Policy and Research Centre New Delhi and Anto V Co ordinator Friends of Tibet INDIA Finally Claude Arpi threw light on the Relationship of the Indian Government with Tibet during 1947 50 Claude Arpi on Indo Tibet Relationship Glimpses of Tibet the photo exhibition mounted at the Vinyasa Gallery comprising 27 black and white and colour photographs captured the story of a nation whose cry for help is loud and clear The strong links that exist between India and Tibet came through quite effectively in these photographs An Image from Glimpses of Tibet One photograph where the Dalai Lama is inspecting the Guard of Honour in 1956 in India three years before he fled Tibet is poignant The ruins of the Ganden and Drepung Monasteries in Tibet which were destroyed during the Cultural revolution tell another sad tale Potala Palace in Lhasa the seat of the Tibetan Government bears a deserted look And a moving image of a little boy in Tibet holding a

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  • Human Rights Day: Bombay, December 10, 2000
    what is happening in Tibet is an insult to human dignity and must be stopped Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok told the gathering during his one hour long lecture on The Future of Tibet The talk was followed by the screening of Tibet s Stolen Child a documentary film by Garthwait Griffin at the Walchand Hirachand Hall Indian Merchants Chamber Bombay Hope Flickers For Tibet Photo Courtesy Indian Express More than four hundred Tibetans and Indians joined at the Azad Maidan for the Candle Light Vigil organised to mourn the death of 1 2 million Tibetans due to the Chinese occupation of their country From the film Tibet s Stolen Child A young boy the Panchen Lama is the centre of a swirling storm of international controversy Identified by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Tibet s second highest spiritual leader this young child was kidnapped by the Chinese government just days after the Dalai Lama s announcement Together with some of the greatest peacemakers of our time a young filmmaker searches for the truth about the Panchen Lama a boy whose fate could affect the destiny of a country struggling to avoid the destruction of its spiritual traditions Compelling personal

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  • 'Tibet: Eyewitness Accounts'
    December 2000 followed by a discussion moderated by Prof Prabodh Parikh Dr Ramu Manivannan Delhi University and Tenzin Chokey Researcher Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Dhraramshala joined the discussion with other participants Three Witnesses Later Shankar Menon Beatrice Gibson and Phuntsok Wangchuk the three witnesses shared their experiences with a crowd gathered at the venue They talked briefly about what they saw and experienced in the Chinese occupied Tibet All agreed with the fact that the illegal occupation of Tibet in 1959 by communist China systematically destroyed a country with unique culture The most difficult part of the prison life was when we were forced to go against our beliefs our values The prison authorities would try to convince us that China was instrumental in developing Tibet to a large extent We were forced to agree in spite of knowing that it wasn t true Freedom is the most treasured experience we can possess stated Phuntsok Wangchuk a 27 year old student from Lhoka who faced five years of imprisonment for pasting Free Tibet posters Phuntsok escaped Tibet to reach India in December 2000 Pimmi Pande presents the film Promised Land The Tibetan Story The event also included

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  • 'Human Rights Day' Bombay
    captured the essence of my hollow cheeks sunken eyes and a nose fleshy with remembered delights Even the audience numb with horror as the tale unfolded tittered in unexpected delight The emotion all of us in a rattling van went through came out in a simple slide Of a beautiful young Tibetan girl by the road side in a small town selling bits of machinery that will barely be of use in a bicycle I tried to talk of the Friendship Road with potholes that knocked out dentures and fractured axles The claustrophobia in those vast expanses where we tried to look for our own Shangri La as visitors from all over the world hung thick and quiet for five whole days We endlessly wound past the Turquoise Lake barren remote mountains that dipped and fell away yak which ambled past like animals from pre history Until tired and tumbling out of the bus at Lhasa after six days on the road with few toilets and worse food and everywhere left overs of a gentle loving race vandalised and hugely diminished a rainbow greeted us at the Potala Here was regeneration and hope Spectacular in its depths and colour and the huge range of arc dipped straight into Dr Govardhan s head as he stood for a group photograph At the Potala itself there are hidden cameras which search our every move We were cautioned many times not to even think of handing over our photograph of the Dalai Lama There were even instances in the past where some of the monks at the Tashi Limpo monastery near Shigatse turned out to be Chinese agents who got tourists arrested for asking questions out of turn The whole country of Tibet is under siege by gun toting arrogant Chinese An old

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  • Forbidden Land: Bombay, March 10, 2000
    Friends of Tibet INDIA in association with the Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet at the Churchgate Station in Bombay on March 10 2000 Saturday to commemorate the 42nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising in Lhasa on 10 March 1959 The exhibition narrating a brief history of Tibet shows the destruction done by the Chinese during the cultural revolution and the grave present situation in Tibet was educational for

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  • Li Changchun Demonstration: Bombay, May 13, 2001
    were apprehended as they shouted slogans and approached the delegation which comprised a politburo member of the Communist Party of China and eight others The team is in the city on a trade related visit according to Friends of Tibet INDIA a Non Government Organisation NGO which takes up issues related to the Chinese occupation of Tibet When contacted the Colaba police station initially refused to give information about the

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  • 'Story Of A Nation'
    the history of Tibet as a nation attracted hundreds of people from all walks of life This is a collection of rare and historic photographs of the Tibet Museum Dharamsala Every one had a story to share with To coincide with the Story Of A Nation photo exhibition there was a screening of well known documentary and feature films on Tibet on June 17 2001 The films include Escape From

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