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  • Dalai Lama Calls For Compassion | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    we pick up one cause and we think all these things happen because of this one thing and then accordingly react Sometimes we try to eliminate them through force but reality is not that alone there are many other factors Compassion is something important Not as a religion but as an important mental factor for happiness irrespective of whether believer or non believer Buddhist or non Buddhist In his address Gere expressed gratitude to the government of India and its people for supporting the Tibetan cause There is no nation or individual who has helped the Tibetan people more than India and its people he said My personal views of the political situation in Tibet are well known and they have landed me in trouble several times but I am hoping for genuine talks on the future of the Tibetan people Gere is chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet a Washington based body that has about 90 000 members worldwide The Light of Truth award was received on behalf of the Indian people by former speaker of the lower house of Indian parliament Rabi Ray Also present on the occasion were former President R Venkatraman and Defence Minister George

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  • Light Of Truth Award To India | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    institutions so that Tibet s distinctive identity could survive and flourish said Richard Gere Chairman of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet Mr Rabi Ray a noted Indian political leader and former speaker of the Indian Parliament will receive the award on behalf of the people of India during the closing ceremony of the Tibetan Festival of Compassion on December 18 2002 India is the source of Tibetan spiritual and cultural heritage The Dalai Lama very succinctly defined the nature of the relationship between India and Tibet by saying that India is the Guru Teacher and Tibet is its Chela disciple In recent times the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people have been inspired by the great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi s teachings of non violence tolerance and compassion No nation or individual has helped the Tibetan people in their time of need more than India and the people of India India s assistance and support is unparalleled Gere added The Light of Truth award was established in 1994 Past recipients include Heinrich Harrer author of Seven Years in Tibet the late Hugh Richardson the head of the British Indian diplomatic mission in Lhasa Madame Danielle Mitterrand former

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  • Dalai Lama Calls on India's President | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    Abdul Kalam and Vice president Bharion Singh Shekhawat of India on October 8 2002 before leaving for Europe The Dalai Lama was back from Bombay where he had flown for a medical routine medical check up at the Leelawati Hospital He was at Graz Austria from Oct 12 to 23 mainly to deliver the Kalachakra initiation He was back in New Delhi and was to inaugurate a stupa at Derah

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  • Two Is Company For Friends of Tibet | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    taken a personal decision to stop buying Chinese goods Mr Sikka along with the company s Vice Chairperson Mrs Urvi Piramal her son Mr Harsh Piramal and daughter in law Ms Reshma Piramal sought a meeting with the Dalai Lama two years ago He exuded so much positive energy We were enthused by his simplicity and his philosophy of life relates Mr Sikka And what touched them most were the children and adults who undertake the treacherous journey to India from Tibet by foot and lose their limbs to frost bite along the way Mr Sikka recalls the meeting with the Dalai Lama with utmost affection There was light in his eyes and his innocent laughter took the cake We were all so touched with what he said that we decided to go the whole hog and support the cause The Tibetan cause however came to the industrial house via their daughter in law Recalls Ms Reshma Piramal Three years ago I saw two films Seven Years in Tibet and Kundun Though the first one was fairly commercial both moved me a great deal and made me cry a lot Though I ve been aware of Tibetans in India I never knew the kind of suffering they had to go through I was very keen to meet His Holiness and get involved with the cause Later when my husband Harsh and I went to study in the United Kingdom I decided to be a volunteer at the Office of Tibet in London When I got back to India I joined Friends of Tibet In fact it was at her initiative that the Ambanis who are their close family friends too lent their name to the festival and the cause We wanted the festival to be on a large scale because

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  • 50 Years After Independence | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    intermediary between the West and the socialist world China and the Soviet Union From all this India gained little except the West s hostility More than its later friendship with the Soviet Union it is India s abandonment of Tibet and the sponsorship of Mao s China that soured its relationship with America At this crucial time in history India s ambassador in Beijing KM Panikkar a communist sympathiser went so far as to claim in 1950 that there was lack of confirmation of the presence of Chinese troops in Tibet and that protesting the Chinese invasion would be an interference to India s efforts on behalf of China in the UN Nehru also wrote our primary consideration is maintenance of world peace Recent developments in Korea have not strengthened China s position which will be further weakened by any aggressive action by India in Tibet So the Government s highest priority apparently was not to weaken China s case in the UN Deeply disturbed by the development Sardar Patel complained to Nehru that Panikkar has been at great pains to find an explanation or justification for Chinese policy and actions India got nothing in return for its generosity At the very least India could have demanded settling its border with China in return There was ample historical and contemporary evidence to show that China respected only strength and not pacific pronouncements based on a utopian vision like the Pancha Sheel but India failed to recognise this fact As Mr Arpi found nothing would stop Nehru from going ahead with his policy of friendship with China Over the years the myth of the Indo Chinese friendship would grow larger and larger becoming a brotherhood until that a day in October 1962 when Lin Biao and his PLA People s Liberation Army were on the Thagla Ridge in the West Kameng Division in NEFA Arunachal Pradesh The Pancha Sheel collapsed even earlier that day in 1959 when the Dalai Lama left Tibet for exile in India It is still seen by most Indians as a case of China exploiting Nehru s good faith by stabbing him in the back But new information shows that Nehru and Krishna Menon were informed of the Chinese incursions in Ladakh and Aksai Chin long before the public learnt of them One can only surmise that the matter was kept secret to keep the Panch Sheel alive Zhou Visits To understand this it is necessary to appreciate the fact that what China desired most was a stable border with India With this in view the Premier Zhou en Lai visited India several times to fix the boundary In short the Chinese were prepared to accept the McMahon Line as the boundary in the east with possibly some minor adjustments and a new name and then negotiate the unmarked boundary in the west between Ladakh and Tibet In effect what Zhou en Lai proposed was a phased settlement beginning with the eastern boundary Nehru however wanted the

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  • Dalai Lama Thanks India For Preserving Tibetan Culture | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    not special he said adding it was very important to realise that all human beings have the same potential It is very important to utilise your good potential and you will be a happy person The festival which aims at showcasing the unique and endangered culture of Tibet was given a personal touch by the Dalai Lama who spoke at length about the great bond between India and Tibet The spiritual leader noted that in the past few years intentionally or otherwise though a cultural genocide was taking place the Indian government and the country s citizens had helped preserve the culture of his land The festival through its various exhibitions and film screenings will highlight the intermingling and shared evolution of Indian and Tibetan cultures There are many poems in Tibetan that mention things of Indian origin like the Ganges the Dalai Lama observed adding in a lighter vein that no one mention the Great Wall of China I believe that Tibetan spirituality and its unique cultural heritage is based on compassion and peace and therefore we can say that Tibetan culture is the culture of peace he observed He further stated that becaues of the influence of Buddhism

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  • They Are The Friends Of Tibet | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    the Buddhist monastery in Dharamsala He shot the depths and diversities of the unique Tibetan culture and its tradition nuances He rubbed shoulders with ex political prisoners ex army chiefs and Dalai Lama s close confidantes His interviews of illegal refugees from across the mountains showcased their tortures at the hands of the Chinese police in blood chilling frames and offered ample glimpses of tears and toil and pain Back in Bombay Das began a movement called Friends of Tibet INDIA inspired by his experience with the exiles Started as an e mail club with the aim of providing news from the captured land and various Tibetan settlements in the country it now has hundreds of members from the world over and is growing with every passing day We want to inform people about the unique cultural and religious identity of the Tibetan people and to work to preserve that identity and assure the survival and human rights of the Tibetans says Das The Friends of Tibet INDIA and Tibetan Youth Congress TYC have now joined hands to organise a week long Tibetan festival in early 2000 in Bombay We are planning a film festival camps seminars music concerts talks by religious and political leaders from Tibet all over India including Dharamsala The festival of Tibet in Bombay will flag off the organisation s programmes in the rest of the country he adds The highlight of the festival is a panorama of Tibetan centric documentaries and and feature films that are adored as classics The three feature films likely to be screened are Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertilucci Kundun Martin Scorcese and Seven Years In Tibet a film based on Henrich Harrer novel A number of documentaries have already been lined up including Why Are We Silent Garthwait Griffin The

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  • By George, He's Still An Activist | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    has told us that he is with the cause in an individual capacity despite being a minister Incidentally after assuming office George even attended a conference organised by the League But will the defence minister s involvement in the causes he supports ease because of work pressure from South Block According to Samata Party leaders their leader could well contribute to the Burmese and Tibetan cause in his new capacity Says party general secretary Jaya Jaitly We naturally expect him to work for the Burmese and Tibetan causes It is linked to our national security Till now we have only been looking towards Pakistan But there are other threats to our security it is well known that China is arming Burma and is setting up a naval base on the Coco islands It is also learnt that the Americans are planning to send green berets to train the Sri Lankan army We can certainly expect a proper assessment of our security vis a vis Lanka taking into account this aspect It is perhaps the Samata Party s stand on atrocities against Lankan Tamils and its support for the Eelam cause which has set the alarm bells ringing in Sri Lanka ever since George was entrusted the defence portfolio It was only last year that a conference of human rights activists and Tamil support groups outside Lanka was held at his residence The conference was seen in many quarters as being pro LTTE with the then home minister Indrajit Gupta advising George to call it off But the conference was conducted despite this inviting some controversy In the army there is some apprehension about the new defence minister and his strong views on human rights violations In the past George has been particularly severe on IPKF operations In the introduction of a report published by the Hind Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat on the massacre of Tamils at Valvettiturai titled India s My Lai he severely criticised the IPKF calling its operations a naked dance of a bunch of sadists and criminals in uniform He also wondered if any one discusses the rape and loot perpetrated by our men in uniform in the north east Human rights violations will be dealt with severely that s for sure Despite the euphoria among his supporters ministership weighs lightly on George He has made it clear that those who seek help from him will get his support if their cause is justified Also he has not asked for the slowing down of any of his party s campaigns including the controversial one against multinationals Coke and Pepsi Aneel Hegde who also operates out of 3 Krishna Menon Marg has been in the forefront of the Coke Pepsi Quit India agitation March 27 was the 1 487th day of the protest and there seems to be no letup Hegde was also involved with the agitation against the setting up of a salt export unit and an exclusive port to facilitate the shipment of the end product by

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