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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Orissa
    returned to the ground We sang the Tibetan National Anthem and the Uprising Song Rise Up We met again at 9am Tenzin Tsedup la s talk Freedom Struggle Inside Tibet evoked a lot of curiosity and interest in the people There were many questions too The work on the Martyr Pillar started after tea We got the permission from the Settlement Office to build the pillar near the community prayer flag standing in the middle of the Phuntsokling Settlement Office compound Some participants went to collect tools some to collect sand and cement while the rest worked at the site digging out the base bit We collected rock pieces and bricks for the base All of us worked on the Martyr Pillar till lunch Post lunch session was used to introduce Drama As A Means Of Expression Two groups were formed after Karma la and myself spoke on the practice of dramatisation and on dramatics Two groups sat to discussed a theme and write the script for their play Later the film Gandhi was discussed one of the most interesting one we had After the tea the first part of the documentary A Force More Powerful A Century Of Non

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Orissa
    of the participants who went there joined the 9 o clock session late Today Karma Yeshi la spoke on Activism in Freedom Struggle in Exile followed by a question and answer session He touched the history of freedom struggle at different stages analysed the pros and cons and stressed on where to put our best effort Today s work session gave everyone blisters in their palms The work on the Martyr Pillar began in the post tea session We filled up the base pit Once the base was made strong few volunteers worked on the skeleton and the wooden frame while the rest practiced the drama We worked on the pillar till it stood bold upright six feet over and above the base one foot double steps Participants and the trainers were tired at the end of the day but we all had a sense of satisfaction that now the pillar stand tall It is interesting to note that among the 26 participants we had experienced masons two carpenters and lots of their enthusiastic workers Because the work on the pillar got extended till late in the evening we could not screen the second part of the documentary A Force

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Orissa
    As An Activist how an individual can work and prepare oneself to become an activist citing individual insights as an activist I offered few suggestions by one may be able to contribute for Tibet Martyr Pillar was drying up in the hot sun Some participants worked on it from afternoon The wooden cart was taken off a smooth layer of cement and mixture was covered all over the pillar At 10 45am we screened the second part of the documentary film by Steve York A Force More Powerful A Century of Non Violent Conflict It went half an hour into the lunch break The drama presentation was to happen in the afternoon but we could not Instead we decided to do the drama presentation on the last day There were only two responses on the documentary Many said they didn t understand much of the film as it was in English So I summarised the six episodes one by one in detail This seems to have done some help After tea we showed the film Windhorse Dir Paul Wagner It was an appropriate film to be screened at this stage in the workshop process Introducing the Documentary A Force More

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Orissa
    issue from An Outsider s Point Of View he said His critical analysis of the situation in exile brought sad looks on all particiapants Same time they appreciated the talk Martyr Pillar needed to be painted The carved marble had come Not having found a single Tibetan from a settlement of more than 3 000 Tibetans who could do the carving we had to depend on an Indian living near the settlement to do the carving and polishing of the marble Tibetans seem to be showing signs of losing their traditional skills During the morning tea break the participants and the trainers donated few drops of blood to be added to the red cement for the pillar Blood in the paint is a symbolic gesture that salute the sacrifices made by all the martyrs Some were holding the hand of others while the nurse was performing the blood extraction but they faced it Till lunch two groups practiced their dramas There was a special lunch for all in appreciation of the ongoing workshop process the staff members individually collected money for the lunch In the afternoon the drama presentations happened Group A presented the story of a family which was forced to seek asylum in India Group B s drama was titled Semghul Change In Mind or and the story was about a Tibetan family in India Both dramas talk about the confusion among the young Tibetans in India about seeking a visa to the US Participants were encouraged and they decided to perform the same to the public Today is the day of the participants Now they have to speak to the public in their own camps one of the most effective exercises in the workshop Karma la and Tsedup la accompanied the team to Camp no 4 and

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Orissa
    plan to work in the future By 9 o clock people had started coming They had come by walking by bicycles and motorbikes from all five camps A gathering of about 400 people had assembled around the Martyr Pillar for the public meet With the representatives from all the organisations and the settlement office the inauguration of the pillar which is also the concluding ceremony of the workshop started with the Tibetan National Anthem by the students from the Central School for Tibetans CST and Karma Yeshi la s introductory speech Chief guest of the occasion was Rev Jigme Tulku a young incarnate lama from the settlement who is loved by the people for the various welfare projects he financed and associated with During his talk he stressed on the need of education among the youngsters which could empower and enable them to take part in the freedom struggle He said such workshops are useful to our people who lack political awareness Ven Jigme Rinpoche Inaugurates The Martyr Pillar The Cooperative Secretary Chairman of the Local Assembly Jamphel Dhondup la also spoke on the occasion Jamphel la asked people to come forward and help the workshop process with financial support Jigme Rinpoche inaugurated the Martyr Pillar by lighting a butter lamp He performed the consecration on the pillar and prayed for all the martyrs of Tibet Rinpoche then offered silk scarfs to the workshop trainers and participants Public too paid their respect by offering scarfs at the pillar We observed a symbolic two minute silence and sang the Tibetan National Uprising Song in tune with the school band Key Note Address by Ven Jigme Rinpoche After the formal function was over the public was invited to the hall where the workshop participants presented their two drama pieces The plays were

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    He requested everyone in the workshop to attend to it regularly so that they can in turn train the rest of the people in the settlement During the Introductions I learned that some of the participants were born in Tibet and later escaped to India in the 60s They were children then Youngsters didn t say much other than their names and the camps they came from There were also who served in the Indian Army for the first time we came across a Tibetan woman who served in the Army Wangdu Tsering la Inaugurates The Workshop After tea Karma Yeshi la talked on Mapping The Tibetan Freedom Struggle Perhaps the ice has not broken yet there was not even a single question or comment after the talk We ll see the atmosphere slowly easing out After lunch we sat around to discuss the coming six days Participants responded for the first time when they have to decide whether they would do the Martyr Pillar and the Physical Training The idea of the pillar was welcomed and appreciated by all The idea of doing Physical Training in the morning was also appreciated but for practical grounds it was not possible

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    group started digging the pit for the pillar base while some fetched water from the nearby staff room to the construction site In the afternoon we had a Group Discussion Participants were grouped into three and they sat around to discuss three issues for the future of Tibet what the exile government should do What the NGOs should do What the people should do Three speakers from each group presented their views They wrote down the points and submitted them to Karma Yeshi la who was initiating the discussion In the next half an hour we discussed the film screened yesterday Gandhi It was interesting to note that the participants quoted various incidents from Gandhi s life as a leader The discussion went into Sino Indian relations and possible scenario in the future The video screening was to follow but we had some technical problems with the TV and could not start the screening on time And I introduced first part of the documentary film A Force More Powerful A Century Of Non Violent Conflict Dir Steve York We saw the day s end with the Tibetan National Uprising Song Screening of the Documentary A Force More Powerful DAY 1

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    wrote after being inspired by the film Gandhi freedom does not fall from the sky like rain drops We have to fight for it Gandhi has taught us this We made the base of the Martyr Pillar up to four brick level We went to collect sand and rocks to fill the base of the pillar The base should be strong as it is the most important part of any construction said Tsering Dhondup la the eldest of the participants He has loads of experience of such work from his years of road construction labour he had during the early years of life in exile in India in the 60 s During lunch drops trickled and it turned into a torrential rain We were bound at the dining venue and it further delayed our schedule Only after the rain stopped we were able to continue our work There were no electricity in the settlement due to heavy rains So we had to cancell the second part of the film A Force More Powerful Karma la explained one of our most effective exercise Drama As A Means Of Expression after which I spoke the concept of drama and explained how this

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