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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    The session started with Introductions Many participants were shy and said brifly about their past Karma Yeshi la s talk Mapping The Tibetan Freedom Struggle gave the gathering a flavour of the workshop Participants are seen finally settled with the idea of the workshop There were three questions and comments Sangpo la Gives The Inaugural Speech Then we broke up for lunch Participants had to go to their homes for lunch We returned at 1 30pm We then distributed the reading materials I introduced the Rangzen Band and Mahatma Gandhi s Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule and drew similarities on how Tibet and India lost their freedom We spent 30 minutes discussing the coming six days Physical training will begin from tomorrow at 5 30am under Youten Gyatso an ex soldier with the Special Frontier Force SFF Karma Yeshi la introduced the Martyr Pillar to the people of Rabangla its significance and importance Two boys spoke on the importance of such monuments in Rabangla We then visited the spot We selected the ground in front of the settlement monastery Back in the hall the participants discussed the technical aspects of the pillar Some volunteered to bring the tools It

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    talk on discipline By 9 10am participants had assembled in the hall Today Tenzin Tsedup la spoke on Freedom Struggle Inside Tibet followed by a question and answer session Later he said that he enjoyed the talk and felt very good while talking He was satisfied about the talk After tea the Work Session started Some women had to take leave today as it was the market day and it is time for their weekly ration shopping About 20 of us worked on the Martyr Pillar A pit for the base was dug and a tin roof to protect the base from the rain We left for lunch at 12 15pm and gathered after an hour A group discussion planned went on very well The topic was the situation Sethu Das had created and tried at the Miao settlement in Arunachal Pradesh This time they have to free the Rabangla settlement from the Chinese invasion and bring back the settlement officer who is in exile Three groups presented three different ideas After tea it was time for discussing the film Gandhi People reacted in different ways some tried to relate the issues from the Tibetan freedom struggle Later two parts

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    It was still raining We continued to work on the Martyr Pillar and the rain stopped Today we made the base for the pillar In the afternoon for one session four participants had to stay back with the mason While others remained inside to watch the video recording of the talk Return To Tibet To Resolve The Issue by Hortsang Jigme Member ATPD Some questions were asked and there concerns

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    We now need to wait for a day and then put a cement coating The marble tablet is ready to be carved We are still looking for for a man to do the carving We were told about an old Tibetan living in a hill near Tashi Jong two hours from Rabangla If this does not happen we may have to paint the letterings on marble At 1 30pm we assembled for the afternoon session Drama As A Means of Expression was introduced by Karma Yeshi la and I berifly spoke on the techniques of dramatics after introducing to the world of drama Two groups were formed with equal number of boys and girls on either side Themes for a possible drama were discussed Then characters were looked for Stories got woven by people s suggestions It is interesting to watch how a group of people script act and make a drama in two days spending only three to fours hours a day in it The amount of energy and efforts they put in it comes out clear in the presentations we ve witnessed in the past six workshops Here too the drama session is turning into a successful one

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    Chinese goods from today The talk went on till 11am After tea we all went to the pillar site to clear the remaining ground Few volunteers worked on the pillar on the afternoon while others did the rehearsal for the drama Screening of the film A Season Outside Dir Amar Kanwar had to be cancelled as there was no electricity So after tea session was devoted for a discussion on A Force More Powerful Time was spent on discussing and plan the next day s Public Meet Participants were told for the first time that they would speak to the public tomorrow They were surprised but the moment the work distribution started they all got involved taking notes on different issues they would speak to their camp They have to visit seven camps and the handicraft centre Topics were distributed groups were made Karma Yeshi la then explained the participants how the red paint was made with a little bit of Blood Donation from the participants and trainers Karma la made it clear that the blood donation is on voluntary basis When we lined up outside the Settlement Health Centre everyone came forward and donated blood to be added to

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    group of four participants to give the final touches Today Karma Yeshi la spoke on the Know Your Exile Government and distributed a small booklet he prepared It was the day of the participants Group A and B presented their dramas Group A led by Lodoe Nangpa la presented a very well managed and organised drama The theme was on the workshop the difficulties they faced while looking for participants Sangpo la the Settlement Officer was the chief guest and he appreciated the drama He requested the teams to perform the same before the people of Rabangla Group B led by Tsering Wangyal la presented a short drama about a family in Tibet how each members of the family sacrifices their life defending Tibet s independence Now the participants have to speak to their people Public meeting begun on time at all six camps at Rabangla They spoke like leaders like matured citizens on various topics ranging from boycotting Chinese goods to Rangzen Bands Confidence of both participants and the people at camps was boosted Public Meet was a clear display of what an ordinary Tibetan can do to spread the word Kangchendzonga and Martyr Pillar Ready To Be Inaugurated

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Rabangla
    Self Analysis And Future Plans After tea we all headed towards the Martyr Pillar site Today was a miracle day The sky was cleared after many weeks And there was a rainbow across the northern sky Martyr Pillar was standing majestically in the bright sun Clouds were formed below the Kangchendzonga Mountain the third highest mountain in the world The whole population of Rabangla settlement had gathered at the ground perhaps the biggest gathering ever All of us sang the Tibetan National Anthem in tune with the CST Central School For Tibetans band After and introduction to the Martyr Pillar by Karma Yeshi la Sangpo la inaugurated the pillar by lighting a lamp in the traditional way Youten Gyatso la Chairman of the Local Assembly thanked the workshop trainees and advised them to continue the process A Symbolic Two Minute Silence In the hall people had gathered to see the drama by two groups It was for the first time the people were realising the skill of their children and their neighbours At the end NGOs of Rabangla and the Settlement Officer thanked the participants and trainers offered Khatas When Drama Was Presented to the People of Rabangla Migmar Dolma la spoke on Why Boycott Chinese Goods as she broke down to tears but went on speaking Later with Tsering Phuntsok la and other participants of the workshop stood and made their pledge on Chinese Goods Each participant thanked the trainers Many of them were in tears I felt that this is a realisation that we are in a very poor situation with the question of Tibetan independence It was also a feeling to them that the workshop had helped It was touching that they worked so hard and sincerely for a week and at the end they all cry

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Orissa
    the gathering a little bit about their education involvement in the society and the participation in the freedom struggle We then distributed the reading materials I introduced the Mahatma Gandhi s Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule quoting two paragraphs from the book We briefly introduced Rangzen Band and Dr Gene Sharp s 198 Methods of Non Violent Protests and Persuasion Inauguration Of The Workshop by Jamphel Dhondup la After tea session was for the talk by Karma Yeshi la on Mapping The Tibetan Freedom Struggle followed by a question and answer session One person responded to the talk actually there was not much time left for a discussion Afternoon session was used to discuss to plan the next five days People responded well to the idea of the Martyr Pillar and they all agreed to work on it The settlement camps being spread in the furthest distance of 7 8 kms some participants expressed doubts on full participants in the Physical Training in the morning Some are old and asked exception while some especially the youngsters spoke in support of it The participants thought it is too early to assemble at 5 30am for the morning exercise So it

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