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  • 'Lagaan' Released In China | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    foreign film nominee 2002 Lagaan is the first Indian film that has been release nationwide in China Joe Zhang an official from the Columbia Tri Star Film Distributors International said Continuing with its international success and now reaching here Lagaan brings us a great chance to break the wrong idea that good movies are the American ones Zhang said Now we are reminded of the times when Raj Kapoor s

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  • ITFS Statement on Zhu Rongji's Visit To India | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    words Their request for granting autonomy was not considered Why is this casualness towards them Is it because they are not violent If Non violence so steadfastly exemplified against severest odds and apathy is not recognised do you not realise that it only gives invitation to terrorism At a time when terrorism has shaken us all it is our duty to nutralize its power by recognising non violence of which Tibetan struggle is a glaring example Today when violence is dominating the world the path of Truth and Non Violence of Dalai Lama becomes much more appropriate Do you think that is it justified to keep Panchen Lama Shri Gadun C Nyima in Chinese custody Do you think that continuous occupation of Indian territory since 1962 is justified The People of India and Tibet regard Kailash Mansarovar a holy Place But they are deprived from the pilgrimage There should be unobstructed pilgrimage to Kaolash Mansarovar We are followers of a culture which was introduced by Buddha and Gandhi to the world With this sentiment we expect from the Chinese people and their leadership to be a true Asian with preservation of their own culture and identity Is it our morality

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  • India Has Been Over-Cautious: Dalai Lama | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    When in late 78 and early 79 China wanted to contact us we responded promptly Since then the Chinese government s attitude has become harsh and conditions within Tibet worse So I have been appealing to the international community to step in and help us To pursue China and bring them to the negotiating table Many countries have responded some publicly and some behind the scenes They made efforts to initiate the dialogue Finally now the US has appointed a special coordinator for Tibetan affairs How much he does we will see I am optimistic Mainly because China is changing it is today very different from what it was 20 years ago Also the Tibetan spirit is very strong pause Let s see about the special coordinator It s too early yet Q Does India need to be apprehensive about the US showing special interest in Tibet A Pause laugh I don t know It s just the beginning laughs I can t say yet what can be done My approach is the middle way which means I am not seeking independence for Tibet I am seeking genuine self rule in order to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture So the US special coordinator is to help materialise my middle way approach and to help develop some kind of mutual trust between China and Tibet So I wouldn t think India has anything to fear But if people feel so it s up to them I cannot tell people what to feel It s not my business laughs Q Does prime minister IK Gujral s policy on China his softer stance on neighbours bother you Do you feel that he might give in to China more than what the Tibetans would like A I paid a courtesy call on Gujral after he became prime minister and have known him since he was foreign minister India is an institution Unlike some other countries where the entire foreign policy depends on one person India s attitude towards the Tibetan issue will not change just because of one person In the fields that the Indian government could do something it has done the maximum refugee resettlement preservation of our culture education The Indian people are sympathetic and warm towards Tibetans But with regard to China and the Tibetan question the Indian government has always been over cautious India s basic posture that Tibet is an autonomous part of China is in tune with mine And no one person can change that Q But what of the criticism in your own community that your middle way approach is too soft and may cost Tibet its independence A Yes many Tibetans and some of my Indian friends are very very critical of me They are more concerned about the Tibetans legitimate rights But I feel national boundaries are not important in today s changing world Two separate communities can happily join in mutual benefit and one community can be divided if there are no common interests Whether

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  • Should India Back Tibet? | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    Sino Indian ties but not at the expense of another country That s most unfortunate He cited Prime Minister Deve Gowda s promise at the Rome food summit that the Dalai Lama would be barred from indulging in political activity in India and wondered whether Gowda had given away too much without getting anything concrete in return Did Beijing make any proposals vis a vis its nuclear arms deal with Pakistan Did it make any concessions over its claims on Arunachal and Sikkim Independent Tibet observes Tsering was an effective buffer state with China with a 4 000 km border on the Indian side Before the Chinese invasion this was manned by a few Indian policemen armed with sticks Today India spends Rs 60 crore daily to guard the same border The Rinpoche agrees with those who say China wants to neutralise India by encircling it He feels cosying up to Pakistan and Burma where it now has a naval base was part of Beijing s plan to isolate India strategically He also points out that the Dalai Lama s unconditional offer of talks and the middle path offer of an autonomous Tibet keeping security foreign affairs under Beijing found the Chinese unbending Tibet says he has now become a card which people play according to their interests We handed over Tibet to China on a platter says TN Chaturvedi BJP MP and former CAG This he says is not just the question of a democratic cause It affects India s interests directly the Chinese have set up missile bases and deployed a 5 lakh strong army contingent in Tibet They are also dumping nuclear waste there Instead of taking advantage of Jiang s own political trouble Gowda is hoping to increase his own global stature he adds Rabi Ray

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  • India Sabotaging World Meet | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    visas to the parliamentarians but also trying to persuade them to withdraw their participation in the conference Fernandes said This is against common diplomatic protocol he said A foreign office spokesman declined to comment on the conference but said Standard procedures are being followed for issuing of visas Fernandes said that the conference was aimed to draw world attention to the gross violation of human rights in Chinese occupied Tibet and a threat to Tibetan identity More than 100 parliamentarians from 30 countries are expected to attend the meeting being held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule India is looking at its short term interest China may want trade relations with India but its foreign policy with regard to Pakistan and Burma indicates that India is being encircled Fernandes said Fernandes and another Indian deputy Mohan Singh said they regretted that India was sabotaging the conference at a time when parliamentarians from world over were keen to discuss an important issue such as Tibet The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is not attending the conference Tibetans are treated as untouchables in their own country and India has a responsibility towards them Tibet should be

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  • Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    dealing with disputes over religious sites The Muslims of India will welcome the Dalai Lama s appeal to Hindus and Muslims only after the mosque in Dharamsala is vacated Qasmi said on Tuesday The Dalai Lama in January called for mutual trust mutual faith and mutual respect to resolve the long running dispute in Ayodhya where Hindu hardliners want to build a temple over the ruins of a mosque The Babri mosque in Ayodhya was torn down in 1992 by Hindu zealots who believe the site was the birthplace of the god Ram The demolition sparked nationwide communal riots that left about 2 000 people dead Ahmed Khan a Muslim resident of Dharamsala said the site of the Tibetan Welfare Office was once a mosque which was deserted after the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947 between Hindu majority India and Muslim Pakistan I tried to reopen the mosque by pleading with the government local authorities and Muslim leaders but no one paid much attention Khan said Sonam Choephel from the Tibetan Welfare Office said the government in exile paid rent to Muslim authorities for the site under a 1965 deal with the Indian government If it is proved that the

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  • Tibet Raised In The Indian Parliament | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    the question hour on 23rd April at 17 57 hrs He informed the house about the destruction of Tibet s culture and religion and dumping of arms and ammunitions there He stressed the point that the Government of India s foreign policy must take into account the proposal by the Dalai Lama and suggested that all support for a peaceful negotiation between the Dalai Lama and Chinese leadership must be

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  • VHP Targets Nehru's Tibet Policy | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    on a platter to China This act of his brought India under direct threat from China Singhal alleged at the valedictory function of the first Himalayan Cultural Parliament Increased activities of the Maoists in Nepal and the country s northern borders is a testimony of Communist influence he said Himalayan communities in Tibet Kashmir Nepal Arunachal Pradesh Uttaranchal are diverse societies and they need to unite to fight the problems

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