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  • 'World Tibet Day 2001': Bombay, July 6-9, 2001
    was also an attempt to highlight the existing political situation in Tibet under the Communist rule Meditation in Progress In Bombay the four day long events started with teachings on Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation by Venerable Geshe Damdul Namgyal Principal Drepung Loseling Monastery Mundgod Karnataka at the Vijay Jadhav Sabagruh Karmaveer Dadasaheb Gaikwad Sanskritic Kendra Andheri Bombay on July 6 2001 at 8 30am with an introduction by Prof Prabodh Parikh of the Bombay University MTRA Members Offer Prayers Photo Reuters Meanwhile the newly formed Mumbai Tibetan Resident s Association MTRA an association of permanent Tibetans living in Bombay city started the day with a prayer for the long life of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama at the Buddha Mandir Parel Bombay The prayer was attended by hundreds of Tibetans Indian Buddhist monks journalists and others from all walks of life Paljor an Eldrely Tibetan Prays Before the Food Being Served Photo Reuters The prayer was followed by a lunch prepared by 21 Tibetan cooks from different hotels in Bombay This was the first time the exile community living in the city coming foward together to celebrate the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Prayer flags Tibetan music

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  • 'Art of Happiness': Bombay, July 9, 2001
    more they try to get rid of them the more they suffer This is because they do not know the true cause of suffering and what is the true cause of happiness If they knew they would be successful They would eliminate the cause of suffering and create the cause of happiness One of the important obstacles to this success is one s own heart Geshe Damdul Namgyal reminded those

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  • 'Non-Violence & Social Action I': Sarah, Dharamshala
    Drepung and Gaden monasteries He received his Lharampa Degree in the year 1968 and and Ngagrimpa Degree in 1969 Prof Samdhong Rinpoche was also the Director of Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies CIHTS Varanasi He was nominated by HH the Dalai Lama as one of the deputies in ATPD and later was unanimously elected as its Chairman He was the first ever democratically elected Kalon Tripa of the Tibetan Government in Exile Shri Rajiv Vora Well known Gandhian and the editor of Gandhi Marg Rajiv Vora is also a Lifelong Worker of the Gandhi Peace Foundation He was closely associated with Shri Jaya Prakash Narayan during the Bihar Movement as the Convenor of the Satyagraha Committee His Gandhian educational background Nai Talim and his work related to Gandhian thoughts and action makes him an exceptional resource person for this workshop He is fundamentally committed to non violent social change Smt Radha Bhatt Woman leader of the Chipko the well known environmental movement based in the hills of Uttar Pradesh India and a regional women s network from the Hindu Kush Himalayas Radha Bhatt has presented various papers which examines the social context of these environmental movements especially reasons for the proactive role women played and continue to play also the presence of Van Panchayat s in the hills and the reasons for their inability to manage community forest lands Shri SN Subba Rao As a young schoolboy Rao joined India s freedom struggle through the Quit India Movement Inspired by Gandhi s principles he dedicated his life inspiring youth to constructively participate in development Often referred as the dacoit man Rao organised an historical event in 1972 where 189 dacoits surrendered to Shri Jaya Prakash Narayan at Mahatma Gandhi Seva Ashram Chambal Since then Rao became involved in the

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  • Human Rights Day: Bombay 2001
    of the occasion Major General Retd Eustace D Souza PVSM inaugurated the function and addressed the gethering by narrating his experiences with the Chinese while serving the Indian Army Karma Yeshi Former Vice President of the Tibetan Youth Congress reminded the Tibetans the acute lack of activism in the struggle and urged everyone in the crowd to put in their best effort Rajiv Vora of the Gandhi Peace Foundation encouraged the Tibetans to continue with their spirit relating stories from the Indian freedom struggle Lhasang Tsering being presented the award by Maj Gen Retd Eustace D Souza The main highlight of the function was the Plaque of Appreciation awarded to Lhasang Tsering Former President Tibetan Youth Congress by the Friends of Tibet INDIA The plaque reads In appreciation and praise of your unrelenting striving in the freedom struggle of Tibet It was presented to Lhasang Tsering by Major General Retd Eustace D Souza PVSM on behalf of all the members of Friends of Tibet INDIA Flames of Hope Candle Light Vigil in Bombay The gathering went to Azad Maidan to sit for a Candle Light Vigil More than 300 Tibetans and Indian supporters mourned the death of thousands of Tibetans

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  • The Himalayan Triangle: India-Tibet-China
    not ready to face the repercussions they might face when they go back home after having taken part in such a conference Major General Retd Eustace D Souza broke the ice by presenting the Indian case D Souza studied the defence and security issues of India vis a vis China Tibet Narrating his experiences of facing Chinese at the border when he served the Indian army he said with the Chinese one should maintain one s position and they won t move an inch Eustace D Souza concluded by saying that Tibet s independence should be restored for the benefit of India and its neighbours Lhasang Tsering presented the case of Tibet by placing Tibet as an important and strategic region in Asia and world at large For military strategy or geo political reasons Tibet stands at that advantage position that China will never let it free from its clutches Delving on the issues of environment he stressed how important it is to let Tibet free from the Chinese misuse of its natural resources The Circle Around the Triangle Presenting the views of China in his own words Prof GP Deshpande said I am here only to pass on the

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  • Rangzen Workshop Series II: Dehradun
    Dalai Lama as one of the deputies in ATPD and later was unanimously elected as its Chairman He was the first ever democratically elected Kalon Tripa of the Tibetan Govt in Exile Dr Ramu Manivannan Reader in political science at the Delhi University Dr Ramu Manivannan is also the founder of the Buddha Smiles India a program on education peace and development of children in India and the Burmese refugee community living in India He is a peace researcher and an activist Shri Rajiv Vora Well known Gandhian and the editor of Gandhi Marg Rajiv Vora is also a Lifelong Worker of the Gandhi Peace Foundation He was closely associated with Shri Jaya Prakash Narayan during the Bihar Movement as the Convenor of the Satyagraha Committee His Gandhian educational background Nai Talim and his work related to Gandhian thoughts and action makes him an exceptional resource person for this workshop He is fundamentally committed to non violent social change Shri Pawan Gupta Director of the Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas SIDH for the past ten years SIDH has been working with people on issues of rethinking education and development in the rural areas of Tehri Garhwal District Jaunpur Block and Mussoorie SIDH has been actively involved in training of local youth and community leaders in the region Pawan Gupta has been pursuing extensive research in the areas of Gandhian thought modern science education and development He is also the editor of Ryber Shri Alok Ulfat He has been actively involved with Nanhi Dunya an international movement of children and their friends started by his father Prof UA Ulfat Nanhi Dunya has been running more than 14 educational centres homes for the disabled and women s empowerment programmes He is also the director of Avikal an experimental theatre group based

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  • Zhu Rongji Protest: Bombay, January 15-16, 2002
    Tsundue while in police custody Hundreds of Tibetans and concerned Indians joined the hunger strike More than 600 members of the Maharashtra Tibetan Refugee Association and Friends of Tibet INDIA joined a 24 hour long Hunger Strike at the Azad Maidan Bombay from January 15 16 until the entire Chinese delegation left the city Major General Retd Eustace D Souza Yogesh Kamdar People s Union for Civil Liberties SV Raju Indian Liberal Group Aspi B Mistry Friends of Tibet INDIA and Ajay Aggarwal addressed the gathering in support of the hunger strike and the Tibetan struggle for Independence Along with a vociferous protest by Tibetans during Zhu Rongji s visit to the Prince of Wales Museum the protesters had their way despite the preventive measures taken by the police present in large numbers during the VVIP s visit to the city More than 130 protesting Tibetans were taken into the custody by the Bombay police and were released after three hours Flame Still Alive Brave Tibetans being taken into custody How Tenzin Tsundue Staged His Daring Protest Will India Wake Up To Reality by Tenzin Tsundue Mid Day January 17 2002 The Tibetan freedom struggle in exile has been more symbolic than confrontational In the past 40 years from outside Tibet all we have achieved is presenting the real Tibet to the world as a country where real people of flesh and blood with the same ability to feel pain and anger live We have been able to demystify Tibet from the cliched idea of a land of lamas who walk two inches off the ground But the freedom struggle seems to have stopped growing from the zenith of sympathy we reached when His Holiness the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize for peace in 1989 I hear that

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  • Tibetan Uprising Day: Bombay, March 10, 2002
    Tibetan activists travelled through seven Indian states stopping at towns cities and villages distributing leaflets about Tibet Creating awareness all the way they covered more than 5 200 kms and reached Bombay at 11 30am Friends of Tibet INDIA and the resident Tibetans in Bombay welcomed them at the Press Club where they addressed a press conference Tibet at India s Most Busiest Railway Station Aspi Mistry Spokesperson Friends of Tibet INDIA welcomed the cycle rally to Bombay and opened the house for a talk by the rallyists Tenzin Jamyang President SFT Dharmsala and Duke Tsering Group Leader illustrated and detailed the experiences they had on their 72 day long travel to Bombay Candle Light Vigil at Azad Maidan Bombay This year the commemoration of the Tibetan National Uprising March 10 2002 began in Bombay at 4 O clock in the morning Glimpses of Tibet a photo exhibition from TPPRC and the Tibet Museum Dharamshala showcasing Tibet from its recent history to the present History was organised at the Churchgate Station one of India s most busiest railway stations The exhibiton which went on till 11 O clock in the night attracted more than one lakh visitors It was an

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