'Third Eye Blinks'
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) was to be screened at the Festival Kundun Seven Years in Tibet Little Buddha Himalaya and The Cup were part of the festival lineup However sources state that though the Tibetan film package will be presented at the weeklong festival there will be two crucial deletions Martin Scorsese s Kundun and Jean Jacuques Annaud s Seven years in Tibet are the two films that have been dropped by the festival committee The screening of the other films will carry on as scheduled It is learnt that the two films will not be screened as a result of direct interference on the part of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi According to Festival Director Sudhir Nandgaokar This will bring bad publicity to the festival Sources inform that the Chinese Embassy has specifically asked to chuck the two films because out of the entire selection Kundun and Seven Years in Tibet are the only films that could cause any discomfort or dent the Chinese propaganda machine Ironically Kundun has had various public screenings across the city as also the country and Seven Years in Tibet has been features on the satellite channel HBO When asked whether the Festival was under an obligation
Tibetan Body Drums up Support for 'Cause'
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) India here today The meeting was called to generate awareness about the cause and brought together several Indian supporters Talking to Hindustan Times Friends of Tibet general secretary Tenzin Tsundue said The meeting helped to realise the bond between Indians and Tibetans It showed how both are related to each other spiritually and politically The discussion was also aimed at eradicating petty differences he said Tsundue said that the Indian and Tibetan alliance was good for both as the 4 200 km border from Lhadakh to Arunachal Pradesh was a permanent threat for India if Tibet continued to be a part of China On the threat from Parechoo Lake he said the situation exemplified the exploitation of natural resources of Tibet by China This ecological threat has been imposed on Himachal Next spring when the lake melts the threat will loom large again Tsundue said such meetings and screenings of films by his organisation would be a regular feature as it hoped to build a strong bond between Indians and Tibetans for the cause of freedom of Tibet The Friends of Tibet India founded by Sethu Das from Kerala on March 9 1999 in Dharamshala today has 13 chapters comprising
'Middle Path Approach Under Scrutiny'
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) this first such public debate on the future of Tibet were of the opinion that it was a right time to dump the middle path approach and wanted to adopt a different policy to force China to resolve the issue of Tibet Significantly the participants were critical of their government in exile for the delay in responding to the White Paper which according to them had created a confusion among the common Tibetans There has to be a new thinking We should adopt the policy of complete Independence for Tibet said Karma Chophel an MP of the Parliament in exile He was of the view that as usual the document was a bundle of unashamed white lies to say the least Only one positive aspect can be considered as a result of this document Since Chinese Government has made it crystal clear that they are not going to concede anything more than the status quo it is now for the Tibetan leadership and the people to seriously reconsider the present policy and plan and think of new ways to fulfil aspiration of gaining back the lost nation the NDPT chief Chophel said The concern which appeared to have been uniformly bothering the Tibetan community was why their government in exile was keeping quiet and that what would be the fate of Tibet struggle in view of China s rigid approach The hidden motive of China behind releasing the White Paper on May 23 is another matter of concern for the Tibetan community On May 23 1951 the 17 point agreement was signed between China and the then local government of Tibet China in its White Paper says that this agreement led to peaceful liberation of Tibet and laid the foundation for regional ethnic autonomy in Tibet However since long the government in exile has been maintaining that this agreement was forced on Tibet Is the White Paper yet another document China wants to impose on Tibet is what some of the common Tibetans have been asking and seeking answer from their leadership People are expressing urgency and want that new path for Tibet impasse should be found out They want some alternative to the middle path approach said the TYC president Kalsang Phuntsok According to one school of thought that always opposed the middle path approach of the Dalai Lama the White Paper has given an opportunity to the government in exile to formally review it and adopt pro active approach It was in June 1988 while speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg the Dalai Lama had proposed genuine autonomy for Tibet wherein Chinese government can continue to remain responsible for Tibet s foreign policy and defence That the demand for not continuing the middle path is gaining can be gauged from the fact that in its budget session this year the Parliament in exile passed a resolution stating that unless China withdraws its unrealistic and untrue official three pre conditions put forward to the Dalai Lama and holds
Exiled Tibetans Reject China's White Paper
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Friends of Tibet termed the white paper a black one We do not listen to this We condemn this paper and we reject it Member of Parliament Karama Choephel said Other leaders said the white paper negated Tibetan aspirations and wondered how Beijing expected them the Tibetans to respond to it It also gives a signal to the Tibetan people that now we have to opt for another method to
A Rebel, A Cause
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) in the book Creative Resistance Tsundue was recently in Kochi with regard to a photography exhibition on the Dalai Lama and screening of films on Tibet He is the General Secretary of Friends of Tibet a society that calls for a debate on the position of the country When China invaded Tibet in 1949 Dalai Lama sought asylum in India in 1959 and ran his Tibetan government in exile With him came thousands of Tibetan refugees who yearn to return and live as free citizens in free Tibet a goal that seems to be a distant dream for many While the Dalai Lama has used his pre eminent position to advocate Tibet s cause many Tibetan activists and thinkers are also devising methods of protest that might draw attention to and evoke debate about the realities of the Chinese presence in their country Tenzin Tsundue is one such person and is deeply involved in the freedom struggle of his country As a Tibetan and as a person born a refugee I have always felt that my final destination is Tibet I have been working for Tibet all my life and will keep on doing so Tenzin Tsundue grabbed headlines when the Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji visted India in 2001 We wanted him to know that we were not happy with what was happening in Tibet The Tibetans had already protested in many ways through rallies marches etc I came to know that he was staying at the Oberoi Towers in Mumbai After studying the hotel structure for about a week he decided that he would climb to the fourteenth floor through the scaffolding used by the workers for repair work Zhu was addressing a conference on the fourteenth floor and having reached there Tsundue unfurled the Tibetan National flag Needless
Drawing Attention to Tibet
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) more than three thousand Only 20 25 of them are from this city This exhibition and film screening are part of efforts to announce the presence of the Cochin chapter of the movement says Sethu Das founder and president of Friends of Tibet India The photographs by Suresh Natarajan capture the Dalai Lama in different moods And the films will throw open the different dimensions of exile physical and psychological The Cup a feature film by Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche a juxtaposition of monastic life with modern life it is about the impact of the 1999 World Cup football tournament on a Tibetan monastery near Dharamsala While Kundun by Martin Scorcese tracks the life of the present Dalai Lama the documentary Escape from Tibet is about a group of young Tibetans escape to India The former is a documentation of a nation breaking up and the latter is about the reality after the Chinese invasion of Tibet Also there is Tibet Cry of the Snow lion a documentary by Tom Peosay made over ten years It traces life in its varied manifestations inside monasteries among warriors in brothels and slums of holy city of Lhasa to the snow clad Himalayan peaks
First Tibetan Passport Found after 15 Years
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) an evidence of Tibet s independence that was also recognised by the countries which the bearer visited said Professor Samdhong Rinpoche Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile Tsepon Shakabpa the author of several books including Tibet A Political History was the Dalai Lama s official representative in New Delhi until 1966 After his death in 1989 in Kalimpong the passport went missing What led to the recovery of the passport is the initiative of Friends of Tibet India who for the past one year collecting objects of historical importance belonging to independent Tibet to showcase them in an exhibition called Story of a Nation Independent Occupied and Exiled Tibet Recently through one of our advisor supporters Geshe Pema Dorje we discovered the passport lying in the hands of an antique dealer in Nepal Understanding the absolute importance of the document in itself we wanted to buy it The owner had expressed his willingness to sell it at a lower price if the document is handed over to the Dalai Lama After a long process of negotiations and confidence building the owner finally sold the document and other related papers On March 28 the document made a historic trip to Dharamshala and the following day it was handed over to the Dalai Lama Thus ended the 12 years of agony said Tenzin Tsundue general secretary of the Friends of Tibet The passport is a big spreadsheet of the traditional Tibetan hand made paper folded and old looking It bears stamps of many countries which granted visas and transit permits to Shakabpa The passport was issued by the Kashag Cabinet of Tibet Lhasa on 26th day of the 8th month of Fire Pig Year Tibetan The date coincides with October 10 1947 The passport bears official stamps of recognition by
First Tibetan Passport Found in Nepal
| Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA) several countries of the world recognised Tibet as an independent country and issued visas to the bearer of the passport Tsepon Shakabpa said Lobsang Tsultrin of the department of information Central Tibetan Administration The passport issued to Shakabpa the then secretary of finance 1930 50 by the Cabinet of Tibet Lhasa on Oct 10 1947 bears the official stamps of India the United Kingdom the United States Italy Switzerland and France These countries issued visas to him Tsultrin told IANS The official said a delegation of five Tibetans were given passports by Lhasa at the time but this was the only one left evidence of Tibet s independence and its recognition by the outer world The passport has been slightly damaged by silver fish but bears the entire information including the stamps he said The document was lost from the Shakabpa s home after his death in the town of Kalimpong in West Bengal and made its way into Nepal The document was recovered in Nepal from an antique dealer by the Friends of Tibet India who for the past one year have been collecting objects of historical importance belonging to independent Tibet These will be showcased in an exhibition