''Story of Two Liberations' in Ernakulam
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| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Invasions which was followed by a question answer session He condemned the invasions and demanded the withdrawal of aggressors from Iraq and Tibet He also said that the battles are not between democracy and terror but between conquering imperialist powers and resistance movements trying to drive them out Suku Dass co founder Design People thanked all those participated in the discussion on the ongoing invasion of Iraq and the occupation of Tibet by the People s Republic of China Dr KS Radhakrishnan on Politics of Invasions Red Flag Over Tibet Five decades of Chinese occupation of Tibet have left tens of thousands of Tibetans dead and thousands of monasteries and temples destroyed One of Tibet s most sacred lakes is being developed for Chinese hydroelectric power To explore the question of the fate of Tibet Orville Schell an author and longtime observer of China makes a journey to Tibet the Roof of the World Schell vividly chronicles the history and culture of Tibet explores the Chinese view of Tibet and looks at why the survival of Tibet s people and culture has become an international issue Fahrenheit 9 11 One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year
'Hundreds Sign Protest Cards in Cochin'
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| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche to the gathering of Tibetans and Indian supporters at a protest meet organised by Friends of Tibet India in Cochin Kerala In his speech he said Even when it comes to execution China tops the world with more than two thousand per year and Tenzin Delek is the latest victim of a ruthless regime Yesudasan Political Cartoonist and Dr KS Radhakrishnan Vice Chancellor Kalady Sanskrit University sign the Protest Card Yesudasan Columnist Cartoonist Dr KS Radhakrishnan Vice Chancellor Kalady Sanskrit University Benny Joseph Janapaksham NTV and VJ Jose Campaigner Greenpeace were among the hundreds who signed the protest card In his speech Benny Joseph talked about an experience he had with the Chinese police while on a visit to one of the medical colleges in Shanghai where there are about 160 Indian students When he was asked to write something in the visitor s book he wrote China when you have so much of land and people and so prosperous why don t you quit Tibet and leave the Tibetans alone Next morning Benny Joseph received a call from a Chinese official asking him why he wrote so When explained about the freedom he enjoys in
'Kochi Tibetans Hold Vigil for Tenzin' in Cochin
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| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Reconciliation addressing the gathering Distribution of protest cards and collection of signatures were also held on the occasion We have collected over 900 signatures in the morning itself These will be sent to the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi said a representative of the city s Tibetan community Special candle light vigil and prayers were also held by the Tibetan community in the evening Advocate P Krishnadas National Secretary Bharatiya
'Tibetans Play Music to Protest Leader's Execution' in Dharamsala
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) China s death sentence in a different style though a music concert Solveigh Nielson a Danish pianist and singer lends her voice for Tibet Brainchild of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of Dharamsala Friends of Tibet India and Students For A Free Tibet India about 25 singers and musicians too lend support to the cause drawing local people as well as foreign tourists The official Tibetan music band of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts TIPA broke the ice with a scintillating song dedicated to the life and sacrifice of Tulku Besides local bands like JJI Exile Brothers there were musicians from Denmark and Scotland Local Indian band Badal too joined enthusiastically to stand up with their Tibetan guests Poetess and former Miss Tibet Tsering Kyi reads her poems dedicated to the freedom struggle in Tibet particularly to Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche After the music it was time for poetry reading and story telling about the prison life of ex political prisoners who had escaped from Tibet recently We have to devise new ways to keep the struggle alive said a young Tibetan One of the organisers a youth leader and writer Tenzin Tsundue said The power of music brings people together
From Films to Freedom: Bangalore
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| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) only had sporadic encounters with Tibetans either selling sweaters in the city to fund their journey to a refugee camp or you would have heard the names of Dalai Lama and Karmapa This festival will bring help everyone better understand Tibet its culture and the current political strife Friends of Tibet has held similar film festivals and talks in Mumbai Himachal Pradesh and Cochin before However it is showcasing a selection comprising Kundun Cry of the Snowlion Compassion in Exile Windhorse and Escape From Tibet for the first time Asked about the association with Collective Chaos and Friends of Tibet Baburaj of Collective Chaos says In a world where larger political powers dominate and subsequently wipe out smaller countries this kind of a film festival plays a significan role in influencing public opinion This is how we identify with the Tibetan struggle On the role of the film society in the film festival he says The aim is to familiarise the Bangalore audience with the Tibetan cultural and political struggle Both organisations chose the films The criterion was to look at films which genuinely present the Tibetan cause therefore there are more documentaries than feature films being shown at this
"Dharamshala Remembers Tiananmen"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) the massacre People in the town wore red broaches to remember those who sacrificed their lives during the bloody crushing massacre This is to remember their life sacrifice and we are sending our solidarity with the youth of China Today here the Tibetan youth remember their sacrifice and stand with them for truth and justice We know just as the Chinese people We are ourselves today a colony of China and we are ourselves looking for freedom and democracy said Tenzin Tsundue General Secretary of Friends of Tibet India Last month the EU urged China to free Tiananmen dissidents and ratify a UN pact on civil and political rights to create a climate that would allow it to lift the embargo China rejects any linking of the arms embargo with its human rights record China threw a tight security blanket in capital Beijing with the leadership alert for any protest that could threaten its grip on power But prosperity brought about by three decades of economic reforms has dimmed discontent and sporadic protests by rural poor are quickly put down Though many of those who participated in the horrific act are still serving long jail terms analysts say the refusal
"Dharamshala Remembers Tiananmen"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Lhakpa Tsering hall here Mishra who has recently been to Tibet is of the view that the outpour of religious devotion among the Tibetans in Tibet which is much stronger in the Tibetans in Tibet than in exile Mishra expressed his desire to explore the minds of Tibet s younger generation on their perception of the development processes in Tibet He told an audience comprising of young students government officials and foreigners that he is curious to unveil the differences if any in the political aspirations of the Tibetans in Tibet and those in exile He said that the Tibetans were clearly the underdogs as promises were made to them of development and as a writer he seeks to watch how these promises are fulfilled Mishra said he has plan to make the next visit soon and that he will try to make it to mainland China China he said has created a picture for the outside media which finds it difficult to erase the stereotypical notion of Tibet Pointing out that no other country subjected to repression has the regime making promises of development coupled with repression he said Tibet is one of the most complicated places I have
"We Refused to Sing the Chinese National Anthem"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Tibet They spoke in soft whispers in to India They participated in the free Tibet Demonstration and were arrested and tortured for that by Chinese authorities Nyima Drolkar was the most expressive of the three and said There is no concept of rights and freedom in Tibet We fought against the Chinese because we truly believed in Tibetan freedom If we wouldn t have done that more people have would have suffered All three of them are in their late 20s and have never regretted or rethought about their decisions either to be nuns or be part of struggle The Chinese authorities tried to dishearten us by saying that all our efforts are useless But we firmly believed that it was important says Nyima Drolkar the quietest of the lot There aren t educational opportunities in Tibet and hence they are savoring every moment on their time spent in the Tibetan Transit school in Dharamshala it is school caters to the needs of various Tibetans who crossover to India informs Tenzin Tsundue National Secretary of Friends of Tibet which regularly organize such programmes Ask them why they came to India and Myima says I wanted to tell everyone about real