"Humour And the Quest for Freedom"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) embarking on a journey to almost all the state capitals and other cities We ve been collecting cartoons for this exhibition the last one year said Sethu Das president of Friends of Tibet India a Bombay based support group formed six years ago to spread awareness about the Tibet issue among Indians that is the moving spirit behind the display Our aim is to speak to the concerned people in this country about the illegal occupation of Tibet by China In fact this is the third travelling exhibition from Friends of Tibet India We are now working on the fourth one Story of A Nation When it comes to Tibet a subject most of us are passionate about we are restless and keep on working on similar projects which will help us to reach the maximum people with the message of Tibet To put the exhibition together the members of the group went through old issues of Shankar s Weekly for cartoons on Tibet and Indo China relations made by the late cartoonist Shankar He was one cartoonist who lived and made hundreds of cartoons during the Chinese invasion of Tibet and India s difficult years with the new neighbour People s Republic of China Das said What we have now is a collection of 30 selected cartoons by 15 renowned Indian cartoonists with commentary by Claude Arpi the French dentist turned writer and Tibet expert It is entirely a labour of love We have not received any funding for this exhibition Das said In each city the exhibition will be hosted by a group sympathetic to the cause Friends of Tibet India survives on the occasional donations but is not a donor driven organisation We have a difficult situation with funds because we always refuse funds from funding agencies
"Dances of the Yaks: A Tibet Evening: Calcutta"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) quarters of Indian communist politics Calcuttawitnessed a riot of Tibetan colourful dance music and singing When the twin Snow lions appeared on the stage there was a thunderous rousing and clapping from the audience which was a variety of people from diffrent culture and language Bengalis Nepalese and a lot of people from northeast India came and expressed their support to the Tibetan freedom movement There were some old Chinese who now grumble in bengali and alsofew old Tibetans in their 70s and 80s settled in Calcutta from from 1940s They went nostalgic about their olden times of then Independent Tibet The Chief guest for the Tibetan evening was someone who called herself a admirer of Tibetan culture a young Bengali actress and painter Piu Sarkar who lit the lamp to inaugurate the dance and music show In an impromptu speech the glamorous actress said Freedom is the basic human rights and Tibetans deserve this While assuring her support she marked I support your struggle for freedom and I will do my best from my capacity through Friends of Tibet Tibetan writer and General Secretary of Friends of Tibet India played a different role on stage compeering He was eloquently
"Face-to-Face with Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) media field They had made the Censor Board crisis a great issue But since the film didn t have any stuff they expected as A certified and since due to their lack of awareness about Tibet the film was rated mediocre On this occasion Friends of Tibet Trivandrum Chapter and the Film Club at Govt College of Teacher Education GCTE jointly organised a Face to Face with these legendary directors on December 16 2005 The meetings commenced with the Principal Prof Jacob Mathew at the chair Tenzing Sonam Ritu Sarin and Tenzin Tsetan an associate of the directors on the dais Appu Jacob John co ordinator of the Friends of Tibet Trivandrum Chapter welcomed the guests and Sumi M Secretary of the Film Club did the vote of thanks After the presidential address the students were allowed to have a Face to Face with the director couple Even though the students did not ask the guests shared their images on cinema as a tool for social change The guests were presented two Kerala lamps by the college on the occasion The Principal was presented a set of Khatas by the Friends of Tibet on the occasion After the Face to
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) 29th Tibetan poet activist Tenzin Tsundue was present for the discussion He answered questions from the audience and spoke on the dilemmas that Tibetans and the free Tibet movement are confronted with today both within Tibet and in exile After the program these issues were picked up again when Tenzin separately met with the members of the Human Rights Cell on the 30th afternoon On all three days a wide
"Rigorous Campaign Against Google"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Google s mission is to organise world s information and make it universally accessible and useful However by allowing China to censor the information and things have been reversed said Tsundue a renowned freedom activist Google allows China to censor its stock information and withhold information from people in China and Tibet This sifting continues to mislead millions of people and thereby helps the Chinese government to keep its people in dark especially on the issues of freedom and democracy claimed Tsundue The Friends of Tibet has proposed to break up with Google on Valentine s Day and make the locals and Tibetans in Dharamshala aware about the ramifications of the business pact signed by search engine Google We ll speak to all our friends and family about this Tibetans living Dharamshala are outraged that this company is finding partnership to work with the corrupt Communist government of China that has killed more than a million Tibetans and continues its occupation of Tibet with tyranny and oppression says Choying president of Students for a Free Tibet According to the protest plan volunteers will distribute information leaflets and speak to people individually All cyber cafes will keep caution notices on Google The state mechanism of control and suppression in China where the media is state owned has become extremely sophisticated that Beijing run over people s conscience said Tsundue The NGOs in coordination with Regional Tibetan Youth Congerss Hyderabad and the local chapter of Friends of Tibet will submit a memorandum to the head of Google India office based in Hyderabad Besides they have given a call to the freedom loving people of the world to participate in the protest Pro Tibetan freedom supporters are using Valentine s Day to officially launch a new site noluv4google com where Google users are
Activities So Far (2)
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) April 21 2006 for the realease of the Panchen Lama of Tibet by the Kolkata Chapter of Friends of Tibet India and Hands For The Panchen Lama campaign in Kolkata city March 21 25 2006 Calcutta Orissa Full Report 94 Save The Hindu Campaign Nation wide signature campaign to save The Hindu newspaper and to expose introduce Xinhua the propaganda agency of the Chinese Communist Party to its readers May 1 2006 Full Report 95 Tibet Summer Camp Friends of Tibet Delhi organises a four day summer camp in Dharamshala meets with officials from the Tibetan Government in exile political activists former political prisoners and those involved in the Tibetan struggle for independence June 2 6 2006 Dharamshala HP Full Report 96 Remembering Tiananmen Friends of Tibet Bombay in association with Indian Liberal Group and Freedom First commemorates the 17th anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre with the screening of Tiananmen The Gate of Heavenly Peace at Colaba YMCA Bombay June 4 2006 Bombay Maharashtra Full Report 97 World Tibet Day 2006 Conflicts Film Festival and cutting of Golmud Lhasa Railway Cake at Kashi Art Café Fort Kochi on July 6 2006 in association with Design People and Kashi July 6
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