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  • 'Imagination and Real Tibet' in Dharamshala - sofar himachal | Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    own imagination and later we start to believe that that becomes dangerous as we remain far from reality It is neither good for any policy making nor is it good for one health Particularly on the Tibetan issue if we do not know what the reality is in Tibet we will not be able to support what our brethrens are doing behind the Himalayas The public gathering began with the film The Power of Truth According to the Dalai Lama Quite a recent film by Irene Greve tells two stories one a visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Denmark and the other the filmmaker s trip to Tibet showing some of the latest images of Tibet Irene goes on with juxtapose developmental schemes of China in Tibet and its adverse effect on Tibetan environment and the culture of the Himalayan country This provoked enough questions in public mind Ven Ngawang from the Tibet Information Network TIN one of the facilitators raised concerns about the deforestation schemes She said China pays the farmers in grains for 3 5 years in exchange for their traditional farming land Her question was what would the farmers eat after the grains get over in 3 5 years This is China s effort in displacing the Tibetans and putting them out of the traditional way of life So long as you are not a trouble maker or Dalai Lama s man no policeman or any authority would come after you said Dawa Tsering formerly working as police officer in Tibet If you do not protest and remain silent no one would trouble you in Tibet reassured Dawa Then why did you escape Tibet asked a young Tibetan who introduced himself as a graduate from a Bangalore college I was working as a police officer

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/himachal/20040522-imagination_and_real_tibet.html (2016-04-25)
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  • 'White Paper and the Future of Tibet' in Dharamshala - sofar himachal | Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    through the 4 hour long talks and discussion Even before the Dalai Lamas headquarter the Tibetan Government in Exile had any thing to say the Dharamshala people gathered in hundreds called it a bunch of lies and rejected it One of the speakers at the gathering Karma Choephel who is also a Member of the Tibetan parliament called it Black paper and said it is not worth of any attention And white paper is a misnomer for it If we have to learn one thing from the paper it is this that our long hoped Middle Way Approach is not working Chinese has given in writing clearly that this is all that we can offer and that Regional Ethnic Autonomy which they say is already being enjoyed by the Tibetans in Tibet and nothing more than this We must reinstate Independence as the goal of our struggle where it us who decide we would not have to wait and beg for china to talk to us Karma Choephel president of national Democratic Party of Tibet said Lobsang Jinpa the Editor of Tibetan monthly new magazine called Sheja analysed the content of the document one by one and then said that the last part of the document is a nasty one Making a hook of his index finger and a dry smile he gestured emphatically Largely the content of the paper is same as the earlier versions of White Paper This paper is a strategically planned one China is now desperate as most of the western countries hold China from the collar on Human Rights issues China is now searching for friends in South American continent and also in Asia he added Kalsang Phuntsok the President of the largest Tibetan NGO Tibetan Youth Congress said in his speech The document is

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/himachal/20040602-exile_tibetans_reject.html (2016-04-25)
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  • "Dharamshala Remembers Tiananmen" | Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    The film that details the otherwise student movement later joined by workers went on for almost three hours Tenzin Tsundue Writer activist and National Secretary of Friends of Tibet in his introductory note said until Tiananmen Square massacre China meant only the brutal ready to kill soldiers This democracy movement created a new image of China where a face of the common people demanding freedom and Democracy got created This is history for Tibetans He said 15 years ago on this day China ruthlessly massacred their own children who were asking for freedom and democracy Tiananmen Square massacre remains the biggest blot on humanity The Tibetan people stand with the Chinese youngsters today looking for free and democratic China Karma Choephel President of national Democratic Party of Tibet explained to the Tibetan gathering how much the new generation Chinese struggle for democracy in China In China not only the minority people like Tibetans and Mongolians common people in China without contacts or financial clout do not enjoy any political rights They suffer like the Tibetans in Tibet Being common victims of corrupted Chinese Government we sent our solidarity to the Chinese people Tsewang Lhadon Director TCHRD said Human Rights is universal it is not begged for but in China theses rights are not respected Tiananmen Square massacre is an example of such human life sacrifice for greater freedom and democracy The recently released White Paper on Tibet by China makes big claims of political and social rights In our research we get to meet thousands of Tibetans who escaped from Tibet and they all have personal stories to tell of discrimination and atrocities Yeshi Togden President of Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet related his stories of prison experiences while he was in prison In March 1989 China tightened the

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/himachal/20040604-dharamsala_remembers_tiananmen.html (2016-04-25)
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  • 'World Tibet Day' in Cochin - sofar south | Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    across India signalised the day with cultural meet candle light vigil and a three day exhibition of photos and paintings at Durbar Hall Smt Beena Sebastian chairperson Cultural Academy for Peace presided over the cultural gathering which was attended by about 50 persons majority being Tibetans in the city Speaking on the occasion Smt Leela Menon veteran journalist said that she was extremely surprised to see the way the Tibetans of Kochi have mingled with the our culture Advocate Issudeen Shri Sethu Das President of Friends of Tibet Dr KS Radhakrishnan Shri Kalam Secretary of Fashion Street and Shri Waheed Secretary of Museum Bazaar were among others who spoke on the occasion Later the audience was treated to glimpses of the rich Tibetan culture with the colourful Kongpo dance by Smt Tashi Tsomo and friends Friends of Tibet India which joined the World Tibet Day observance in 58 cities across 24 countries urged the Indian Government to intercede with China by asking them to enter into negotiations with the Tibetan Government in Exile on the future of Tibet without any pre conditions It also remanded the release of Tibetan political prisoners including the 14 year old Panchan Lama Tibet s

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/south/20040706-cochin-world_tibet_day.html (2016-04-25)
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  • 'World Tibet Day': Pune, Maharashtra. July 6, 2004
    been observing this day in India Find reports in activities section of the Website www friendsoftibet org sofar The Dalai Lama has praised the worldwide event saying World Tibet Day has helped greatly in raising awareness and has opened many hearts to the essential rights of the Tibetan people to preserve their culture and to practice their religion freely Tibetan students Watching the Film Kundun Kundun Martin Scorsese s internationally acclaimed Kundun is based on the life of the Dalai Lama Kundun literally means presence It traces the story of Tenzin Gyatso the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet from his divine recognition as a two and a half year old child to the day when Tibet was invaded by the Chinese Red Army in 1959 forcing him to live in exile in Dharamshala The film charts the extraordinary growth of Dalai Lama from a giggling child into a world leader who raised the global consciousness about the Buddhist society and the plight of Tibet and its people The film has an evocative music score by Philip Glass Scorsese was forced to film in Morocco after the Chinese authorities refused him permission to enter Tibet The XIV Dalai Lama His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is Head of State and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people Born in a small village called Taktser north east in 1935 he was recognized according to tradition at age two as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama The Dalai Lamas are believed to manifest as the Bodhisattva Enlightened Being of Compas sion reincarnated to serve the people Tibetans refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu Wishfulfilling Gem or simply as Kundun The Presence His enthronement was in Lhasa in 1940 at the age of five Following the invasion of Tibet

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/pune/wtd2004.html (2016-04-25)
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  • 'Living in Peace' in Chennai - sofar south | Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    peace and harmony in the Chinese occupied Tibet Buddhist monk Rev Watahawa led the prayers and people from different faiths spoke on the importance of understanding and respecting various faiths and to care and concern for others A discussion on practical approaches to network with new friends and supporters for the cause of Tibet was initiated by Smt Asha Reddy Shri MR Hubert Coordinator Friends of Tibet and Shri K

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/south/20040921-chennai-living_in_peace.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Mulundkars Get A View of Tibet | Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Lama for his strong belief in non violence Speaking about the festival Kshitija Prabha the principal of VPM Junior College says We want to make people aware of the social political and economic issues affecting the world She adds Tibetans are peace loving people who have become prey to China s territorial expansion People also admired the beauty of the land Gaurav Patel resident of LT Road says Director Marin

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/bombay/20041002-mulund_film_festival.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Save Tenzin Delek Campaign Launched | Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Tibet In his introductory message Mr Aspi Mistry stressed on the importance of the Tibetan cause and the urgent need to save and support the last non violent freedom struggle of the modern times He pricked the conscience of the world particularly Indian public and of the government by reminding India s long time commitment to moral values encompassing peace justice truth and freedom the world over since the dawn of its independence Mr Lobsang Yeshi of Tibetan Youth Congress said that Tulku Tenzin Delek is a noble monk with an altruistic mission was to uphold the values of Tibetan religion and culture The death sentence is inhuman and is a reflection of gross human rights violations vastly prevalent in China Tenzin Tsundue protested against the death sentence of Tenzin Delek and stated that if we fail to stop the execution thousands of Tibetans who respect and deeply appreciate Rinpoche for his contribution for the preservation of Tibetan religion culture language environment and the national identity would be highly disappointed and their hopes and dedication for the cause would be adversely affected He further spoke on the China s devious policy of racial discrimination and repression not only in Tibet

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/sofar/bombay/20041104-save_tenzin_delek_campaign.html (2016-04-25)
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