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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    we would not be able to work and the pillar needed to be finished today so that next three days could be left for drying and do the final touches Unlike other settlements here wooden planks were not easily available to make the frame We tried looking for wooden planks Some collected plywood and wooden pieces while some started cutting them into shape and put them together with beams nailed into them This needed a lot of carpentry and used up a lot of time The community hall was literally converted into a workshop When we finally made four frames and put it up straight on the base it was already 4pm The empty frame needed to be filled with cement stones and sand mixture which we call masala It was really refreshing having tea with sweat beads dripping down the forehead The main feeding began at 5pm after properly fitting the wooden frame of the pillar Participants lined up and passed on the masala to those who were filling the wooden frame Some sang songs some cracked jokes and the work continued till 6 30pm Today being a Monday it is the weekly village fair and many of the

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    While analysing the movement he pointed out the drawbacks which we all had to sadly agree with Today we recovered on the film screenings we missed yesterday and day before We spent almost the whole afternoon watching the remaining four parts of the documentary A Force More Powerful A Century Of Non Violent Conflict I introduced the film to the participants and at the end of it I summerised four stories one by one The second film Windhorse Dir Paul Wagner was introduced by Tenzin Tsedup la He himself being a recent escapee from Tibet added importance to the film During the screening many of the participants sobbing as the sad story of a family in Tibet unfolded Two drama pieces were slowly coming into places Tomorrow they have to be presented in the afternoon If they are good will be presented to the public on the last day of the workshop Martyr Pillar is standing bold with the four frames supporting it Tomorrow the frames will be taken off and final touches will be done on it We saw the day s end with the Tibetan National Uprising Song Drama As A Means Of Expression DAY 1 DAY 2

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    that come under the departments Today we spent much of our time on drama After tea there were drama rehearsals and in the afternoon two drama pieces were presented It was interesting to note that both the plays were based on the inactivity of the people of the settlement in the freedom movement how in different ways people are divided for their self benefit During tea time the doctor from the settlement Health Centre and the nurse helped us to donate a little amount of blood to be mixed with red oxide for the Martyr Pillar The syringes were a donation from the Health Centre In the evening we discussed the film A Force More Powerful A Century Of Non Violent Conflict The responses to the film went into reflecting what we can do in the freedom struggle We discussed the ban and the usage of Chinese goods and other activities Later we screened the documentary on the abduction of the Panchen Lama recognised by HH the Dalai Lama Tibet s Stolen Child Dir Gathwait Griffin At 6 o clock we sang the Uprising Song There were quite a number of non participants too standing with us and singing Martyr

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Chattisgarh
    from people who wanted to see the drama pieces We decided to perform both the dramas to the public Within minutes the hall was set with ropes criss cross and curtains decorating the stage Momo las and popa las worked shoulder to shoulder Public Meet and the inauguration of the Martyr Pillar happened at 2 30pm in front of the settlement office Monument was standing majestically with the rising sun freshly painted this morning Sonam la one of the workshop participants took charge of the function as the master of the ceremony People of all age had gathered around the pillar Face To Face Trainees Speaking To The Public Karma Yeshi la explained the workshop process how it began and the ongoing process He thanked everyone from the settlement whose support and coordination made the workshop a success in Mainpat Wangdu Tsering la the Settlement Officer inaugurated the Martyr Pillar by lighting a butter lamp in front of the pillar He thanked the workshop team and requested the participants to continue the process inside and outside the settlement Four participants expressed their responses to the workshop in the public and most of them were speaking in the public for the

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Maharashtra
    a workshop in the settlement It is important to get trained in order to complete tasks in the most effective way he said Surprisingly for a workshop announced weeks in advance the participants gathered on a voluntary basis were all older people unlike other Tibetan settlements we went There were very few youngsters We had a very successful Introduction Session today Almost all the participants spoke in length briefing their involvement in the freedom struggle Karma Yeshi la s talk on Mapping The Tibetan Freedom Struggle draw enough attention and questions from the participants We had to dedicate almost 20 minutes from the lunch break Wangdu Tsering la Inaugurates The Workshop In the afternoon we distributed reading materials and introduced each one of them Then we discussed the next six days of the workshop Since majority of them were old they were very few hands raised for the morning physical training while everyone unanimously supported the plan to construct the Martyr Pillar Among the participants there was a mason and a carpenter Many had worked with the Tibetan Indian Army and with the road construction We screened the film Gandhi directed by Richard Attenborough We concluded the day with the

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Maharashtra
    la s account of his life in Tibet and other related stories of freedom struggle touched everyone when spoke on Freedom Struggle Inside Tibet The talk was followed by a question and answer session The first Work Session happened today We chose the place to construct the Martyr Pillar The work force of more than 30 people went so well that we could finish a good part of the construction Participants were divided into groups Women were busy preparing the masala the mixture of sand cement and stones Some had already made the base and started working on the pillar Lunch was delayed In the afternoon we collected the opinions about three issues What the organisations in exile the exile government and individuals can do for the Tibetan freedom struggle Suggestions and opinions came from the three groups we formed for the discussion Later we discussed the film Gandhi After my introduction two parts of the documentary A Force More Powerful A Century Of Non Violent Conflict was screened Bo Rangzen DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 List of Participants Maharashtra Tsering Wangdue Tashi Wangdue Pema Damdul Tsering Choephel Tenzin Dhargyal Tamdin

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Maharashtra
    literally erected the pillar Today Karma Yeshi la spoke on Activism in Exile where he analysed activism from different angles and explained the pros and cons There were many questions unlike the participants in other settlements From 10 45am we worked on the pillar and made the wooden frames put them together on the base like an empty trunk It was only in the evening that we did the filling of the frames Women worked on the sand mixture while men filled the frames Cement bags and other materials for the Martyr Pillar were donated by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Regional Tibetan Women s Association Bhandara In the afternoon Karma Yeshi la introduced the programme Drama As A Means Of Expression and I spoke on dramatics Participants were divided into two and they started working on their drama pieces Tenzin Tsedup la and myself assisted each group For the pillar construction we had to dedicate the evening and postpone the screening of the remaining four parts of the documentary A Force More Powerful A Century Of Non Violent Conflict Third day of the workshop ended with singing the Tibetan National Song Group A Discussing Their Drama DAY

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  • 'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop: Maharashtra
    in exile giving examples of incidents I had in Tibet and my experience back in India as an activist I shared some experiences which went into building myself into an activist that I am trying to become In the after tea session the remaining parts of the documentary A Force More Powerful A Century Of Non Violent Conflict Dir Steve York Since majority of the people didn t understand English I had given an introduction to the film and later a summery After lunch people lined up to donate blood to be mixed up with the paint prepared for the Martyr Pillar Karma Yeshi la explained everyone that the blood donated is a symbolic gesture to pay respects to the sacrifices made by the Tibetans Blood donation was on a voluntary basis For the second day both the teams practiced their drama pieces There are some excitement and curiosity sparks jumping between the two groups trying to guess what play the other one is making Donating Blood To Be Mixed With The Red Paint DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 List of Participants Maharashtra Tsering Wangdue Tashi Wangdue Pema Damdul Tsering Choephel

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