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  • World Tibet Day 2002: Bombay
    the Dalai Lama issued on this day in which he emphasised that World Tibet Day has opened many hearts to the fundamental rights of the Tibetan people to preserve our culture and to practice our religion freely and it has clearly raised public awareness about the present threat to the very existence of the Tibetan people The film screening began with The Shadow Circus CIA in Tibet directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam and originally made for BBC Television The film reveals the hitherto unknown chapter in Tibet s recent history With unique archival footage and exclusive interviews with former resistance fighters and CIA operatives it is a tale that is both heroic and tragic full of sad ironies and unexpected twists that overturns all preconceptions about both Tibet and the CIA Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam were inspired to make this film because of Tenzing Sonam s father the late Lhamo Tsering a key resistance figure was also the CIA s main liaison officer This was followed by The Cup written and directed by Lama Khyentse Rinpoche inspired by true events The Cup is a delightful comedy about the lighter side of life in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    air services and or railways India s one of the extremely politically sensitive regions has a 2 000 km long border with Tibet Bhutan and Bangladesh One has to cross six rivers walk travel atleast five hours by road and finally a safari on an elephant to reach settlements like Tezu As we went ahead the numbers grew and this became the first Friends of Tibet INDIA programme to be funded entirely by the Tibetans living in exile Participants to government officials to local Tibetans came forward with cash donations rice grains and other materials required for the completion and the continuation of the workshop process A detailed list of donors is being added to the existing list at http www friendsoftibet org donors Members of the Friends of Tibet INDIA and its advisors thank all those who made the workshop on Non Violent Action For Tibet a reality You may see photographs and read an interesting day to day report on the Rabangla workshop by Tenzin Tsundue at DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 Workshop Theme Throughout the history exceptional people in many countries have used non violent action as a means of bringing about desired social and political change In modern times Mahatma Gandhi once again brought it into prominence by leading the people of India to freedom through non violent action against the then most powerful nation on earth This fact alone should be enough to dispel any lingering doubts that non violence cannot work against strong military powers like China Non violence is a weapons system in its own right and there should be no doubts about this However as with conventional weapons systems non violent action also requires systematic training and in fact calls for more inner

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Orissa
    Tibetan settlements Phuntsokling Chandragiri Orissa State Phendeling Mainpat Chattisgarh State and Norgyeling Bhandara Maharashtra State Karma Yeshi Ex Vice President Tibetan Youth Congress Sethu Das President Friends of Tibet INDIA Tenzin Tsundue General Secretary Friends of Tibet INDIA and Tenzin Tsedup Former Political Prisoner were the trainers for the one month long workshop in Central India Members of the Friends of Tibet INDIA and its advisors thank all the organisations and individuals who made the workshop on Non Violent Action For Tibet a reality You may see photographs and read an interesting daily report on the Orissa workshop by Tenzin Tsundue at DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 Workshop Theme Throughout the history exceptional people in many countries have used non violent action as a means of bringing about desired social and political change In modern times Mahatma Gandhi once again brought it into prominence by leading the people of India to freedom through non violent action against the then most powerful nation on earth This fact alone should be enough to dispel any lingering doubts that non violence cannot work against strong military powers like China Non violence is a weapons system in its own right and there should be no doubts about this However as with conventional weapons systems non violent action also requires systematic training and in fact calls for more inner strength courage and perseverance When we take an objective look at the Tibetan struggle today there are certain realities which we must all agree First of all the Chinese are not going to walk away from Tibet because we tell them to At the same time no other country will sacrifice their self interest for the sake of Tibet Even those who support the right of the Tibetan people

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    Chattisgarh State and Norgyeling Bhandara Maharashtra State Worshop team was kept small for flexibility and the maximum effect Karma Yeshi Ex Vice President Tibetan Youth Congress Sethu Das President Friends of Tibet INDIA Tenzin Tsundue General Secretary Friends of Tibet INDIA and Tenzin Tsedup Former Political Prisoner were the trainers for the one month long workshop in Central India Members of the Friends of Tibet INDIA and its advisors thank all the organisations and individuals who made the workshop on Non Violent Action For Tibet a reality You may see photographs and read an interesting daily report on the Chattisgarh workshop by Tenzin Tsundue at DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 Workshop Theme Throughout the history exceptional people in many countries have used non violent action as a means of bringing about desired social and political change In modern times Mahatma Gandhi once again brought it into prominence by leading the people of India to freedom through non violent action against the then most powerful nation on earth This fact alone should be enough to dispel any lingering doubts that non violence cannot work against strong military powers like China Non violence is a weapons system in its own right and there should be no doubts about this However as with conventional weapons systems non violent action also requires systematic training and in fact calls for more inner strength courage and perseverance When we take an objective look at the Tibetan struggle today there are certain realities which we must all agree First of all the Chinese are not going to walk away from Tibet because we tell them to At the same time no other country will sacrifice their self interest for the sake of Tibet Even those who support the

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Maharashtra
    Worshop team was kept small for flexibility and the maximum effect Karma Yeshi Ex Vice President Tibetan Youth Congress Sethu Das President Friends of Tibet INDIA Tenzin Tsundue General Secretary Friends of Tibet INDIA and Tenzin Tsedup Former Political Prisoner were the trainers for the one month long workshop in Central India Members of the Friends of Tibet INDIA and its advisors thank all the organisations and individuals who made the workshop on Non Violent Action For Tibet a reality You may see photographs and read an interesting daily report on the Maharashtra workshop by Tenzin Tsundue at DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 Workshop Theme Throughout the history exceptional people in many countries have used non violent action as a means of bringing about desired social and political change In modern times Mahatma Gandhi once again brought it into prominence by leading the people of India to freedom through non violent action against the then most powerful nation on earth This fact alone should be enough to dispel any lingering doubts that non violence cannot work against strong military powers like China Non violence is a weapons system in its own right and there should be no doubts about this However as with conventional weapons systems non violent action also requires systematic training and in fact calls for more inner strength courage and perseverance When we take an objective look at the Tibetan struggle today there are certain realities which we must all agree First of all the Chinese are not going to walk away from Tibet because we tell them to At the same time no other country will sacrifice their self interest for the sake of Tibet Even those who support the right of the Tibetan people to freedom

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  • MIC Boycott Education Campaign in India
    the MFN status Chinese goods are enjoying the status of the most preferred products in many Tibetan homes When the ordinary uneducated Tibetans admire the quality of inferior Chinese products the educated ones get into the debate on the pros and cons of the boycott movement Without getting into a debate or waiting for the blessings the members of the Friends of Tibet INDIA and its advisors decided to start one of the most difficult campaigns from January 1st 2003 the boycott of the Made in China goods in India by Indians and Tibetans While discussing this many of us also felt the importance of the campaign at this stage as cheap Chinese products are replacing our own products and becoming a threat to Indian industry Some even felt that we are years late to make the Tibetan settlements free of Chinese goods Meanwhile It is encouraging to see about 1 400 members of the organisation taking a pledge that they ll never sell buy or use any products Made in China Our first task is to educate the shopkeepers why it is immoral to buy and sell Made in China Products Then we ll speak to individual buyers and later to the authorities The oppression of people must stop and as China is now beginning to negotiate a peaceful settlement we support the move whole heartedly However should these delicate negotiations fail we from the multi lateral forces outside China and Tibet have to ensure that the talks continue and that a peaceful solution is found We therefore believe that a boycott of Chinese products will help us develop and grow the power of consumer boycotts says Ela Gandhi granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and an advisor to Friends of Tibet INDIA s boycott movement She is a firm believer of consumer power and finds many reasons to support this movement Rajiv Vora a life long worker with the Gandhi Peace Foundation and an advisor to Friends of Tibet INDIA s boycott movement says In the boycott of Chinese goods lies non cooperation with the regime that is out to destroy Tibet and humiliate and damage India Buy Chinese goods if you wish to fund forced labour in China Chinese repression in Tibet and China s aggression on India The first person to come forward to take the pledge and make his shop free of Chinese products on the New Year day was Rahul Rana a 11 year old student who owns a small shop in a village near Dharamshala Samten a 63 year old Tibetan shopkeeper came next Since today morning 61 shopkeepers have taken the pledge that they ll never sell any products Made in China This is perhaps the first time the boycott of Chinese goods is being initiated by an organisation and the supporters of the cause of Tibet in a disciplined and organised way covering nine Indian cities and states starting from Dharamshala While Tenzin Tsundue General Secretary of Friends of Tibet INDIA and his

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  • One-Day Hunger-Strike: Bombay, January 31 - February 1, 2003
    taken into custody on April 7 Lobsang Dhondup was born on June 15 1974 in the village of Duphutse in Ngyachu in Kham now incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan He left his family to become a monk at a monastery run and managed by Tulku Tenzin Delek Tulku Tenzin Delek one of the most highly revered spiritual figures in Karze has long since engaged in campaigns to improve the plight of the Tibetan people and rejuvenate the Tibetan culture and language In a taped message smuggled out of his Chinese jail Tulku Tenzin Delek insisted that he had nothing to do with the alleged crime Whatever the authorities do and say I am completely innocent I have always urged people to be kind hearted and caring toward others Everybody knows what I say and practice However in December 2002 after a summary trial as the world looked on in disbelief both men were sentenced to death Lobsang Dhondup was given an immediate death sentence and Tulku Tenzin Delek was sentenced to death with a suspension of two years Both men had appealed their sentences But after yet another summary and secret trial Lobsang Dhondup was executed last Sunday Normally executions in China and elsewhere are a public event deliberately made public to intimidate potential trouble makers However Lobsang Dhondup was quietly executed without public knowledge perhaps to avoid inflaming Tibetan passions China s actions cannot go unanswered said John Hocevar Executive Director of Students for a FreeTibet The Chinese authorities misled the US State Department during the recent US China human rights dialogue by failing to reveal the sweeping repression and arrests that took place in connection with this case This slap in the face of the international community only confirms China s sickeningly violent record in dealing

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  • 100-m Black Flag Unfurls For Tibet
    free Tibet My words are that of thousands of Tibetans both in and out of our homeland Free Tibet is not just a dream or a conviction We are confident that we ll live to see Tibet free from the Chinese atrocities a Tibet where we all will be able to follow Buddhism without being punished The political atmosphere in Tibet is all set to explode Besides the seething tension between the minority Tibetan population and the Chinese community communal violence is commonplace These problems can only be solved by giving back Tibet to us Mr Tenzin Tsundue said Strength of Patience Photo Indian Express To The Point The Afternoon March 10 2003 Prachi Karnik interviews Tenzin Tsundue poet and General Secretary of Friends of Tibet INDIA Q What is the Tibetan National Uprising Day all about A In 1959 when China invaded Tibet the Chinese consolidated the occupation of Tibet People from all over Tibet thronged into the streets of Lhasa in a spontaneous demonstration when the Chinese military sprayed bullets into the crowds and massacred 10 000 Tibetans in front of the Potala Palace the Capital building This uprising of the people is commemorated world wide by Tibetans and their supporters as the Tibetan National Uprising Day Q What programmes are lined up for today A Friends of Tibet INDIA and the Tibetans of Mumbai has organised an exhibition of rare photographs of the destruction of Tibet by the Chinese at Churchgate Station from 7am to 10pm Besides the Tibetan students and Indian supporters will be holding a rally opposite the Hindu Gymkhana and unfurl banner for protest nearly 100 metres long along the seafront at the Marine Drive Q How will your actions here give momentum for the struggle for a Free Tibet A Around 1 20

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