His Holiness inaugurates World Conference on Terrorism in New Delhi

2 06 2008
Phayul[Monday, June 02, 2008 10:38]
By Tenzin Sangmo

At the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. (Photo by Tenzin Sangmo/Phayul.com)

New Delhi, June 2 – The Dalai Lama on Sunday inaugurated the Terrorism-National and International World Conference at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. Organized by the Jama Masjid United Forum, the conference projected intense deliberation on the root causes of terrorism, its new characteristics and emerging trends.

Addressing a gathering that saw eminent personalities like the Union Minister, Government of India Kapil Sibal, MP and Gen Secretary of the Samajwadi Party Amar Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Tarun K. Gogoi, President of the Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari among other dignitaries from Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan the Dalai Lama condemned the act of terrorism stating that is was unfair to generalize the transgression of some Muslims and associate it with Islam as a religion.

“I feel that the word ‘terrorism’ comes from an action based on it. Every action whether positive or destructive stems from a motivation and ultimately, we have to address the situation which creates the motivation.”

At Jama Maszid in New Delhi. (Photo by Tenzin Sangmo/Phayul.com)

He further stated, “We possess the potential of affection from birth which we cannot survive without. We have to develop that sense of care and affection for others. I believe in a deeper sense of human and spiritual values.”

Expressing his joy at participating in the conference His Holiness reiterated the promotion of religion and harmony despite different philosophy and tradition all which carry the same message of tolerance, discipline, friendship and peace. Furthering his commitment towards human values and tranquility among all beings the Dalai Lama offered his support and service in face of threats or acts of terrorism in the future.

The Dalai Lama then visited the historic Jama Masjid along with other foreign dignitaries in time for the evening mass by local Muslims.

The Statesman india

Leaders from various countries condemn terrorism in all its forms

Jun 2

Political and religious leaders from various countries including Sri Lanka and Pakistan have strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations. Participating in the anti terrorism conference in New Delhi yesterday, they called for an unbiased initiative to contain it. They also denounced the sinister campaigns to malign any particular community. The leaders called upon governments to generate awareness about the problem cutting across all sections to overcome the greatest threat to humanity.
While the President of Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari condenmend terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said India’s religious tolerance can be a role model for the rest of the world. Science and Technology Minister Mr Kapil Sibal pleaded that terrorism should not be used as a political weapon. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, without naming Pakistan, said there are some countries which sponsor violence to bleed another nation and the tendency needs to be checked through innovative strategy.

PTI
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today led a special prayer for world peace at the historic Jama Masjid here and said it is regrettable that Muslims are being targeted in the name of terrorism.
The Dalai Lama, who was here in the city to participate in an international Anti-Terrorism Conference, was accompanied by several foreign dignitaries and people of different faiths.

At the special prayer, the Dalai Lama said Islam has always been identified with peace and Muslims “are peace loving people.” “Muslims are one of the most peace loving people in the world,” he said, adding “it is regrettable that Muslims are targeted in the name of terrorism.” The Dalai Lama also said a person who engages in terror activities cannot be a true Muslim.

“Muslims cannot be terrorists. If a person is a terrorist, he cannot be a Muslim,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and senior officials at the Jama Masjid were present at the prayer meet.

ECONOMIC TIMES
NEW DELHI: Political and religious leaders from various countries including Sri Lanka and Pakistan today strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and demanded “unbiased initiative” to contain it while denouncing sinister campaigns to malign any particular community.

At a conference on “Anti Terrorism”, also attended by the Dalai Lama and a galaxy of leaders from India and abroad, the leaders called upon governments to generate awareness about the problem cutting across all sections to overcome the “greatest threat” to humanity.

“It is vital to consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations, committed by whomever and for whatever purposes. We condemn all forms of terrorism,” President of Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari said addressing the gathering.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said India’s “religious tolerance” can be a “role model” for the rest of the world.

“Major religions of the world like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in India and it provided shelter to followers of religions like Zoroastrianism. These can be a model for the rest of the world,” he said.

Union Science Minister Kapil Sibal said terrorism should not be used as a political weapon. “Making it an electoral issue will encourage terrorists,” he said.

Comparing terrorism with HIV, Sibal said, “The disease knows no boundary. We need global cooperation and understanding to check it. The nations indulging in arms supply and financing terrorists for narrow political gains must stop such activities.”

Howrah news

New Delhi

June 1: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has termed India’s secularism and religious tolerance as role model for the world. “India’s long tradition of religions tolerance can be a role model for rest of the world. Major religions of the world like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in India and the country provided shelter to followers of religions like Zoroastrianism,” said The Dalai Lama at an international anti-terrorism conference on Sunday.

Political and religious leaders from various countries, including Sri Lanka and Pakistan, also strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and demanded “unbiased initiative” to contain it while denouncing sinister campaigns to malign any particular community Comparing terrorism with HIV, Union science and technology minister Kapil Sibal said, “The disease knows no boundary. We need global cooperation and understanding to check it. The nations indulging in arms supply and financing terrorists for narrow political gains must stop such activities.”

“It is vital to consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations, committed by whomever and for whatever purpose. We condemn all forms of terrorism,” said president of Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, without naming Pakistan, said there are some countries which sponsor violence to bleed another nation and this tendency needs to be checked.

“These countries believe that they can bleed another country in this way,” he said.

(UPI) An Indian Cabinet minister Sunday urged delegates at an international terrorism summit in New Delhi to stop politicizing terrorism.

Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences Kapil Sibal called terrorism a disease that “knows no boundary,” noting politicizing the issue only encourages terrorism.

“The nations indulging in arms supply and financing terrorists for narrow political gains must stop such activities,” the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying.

The Dalai Lama, also speaking at the conference, said combating terrorism is a “universal responsibility” that all the world religions can embrace by promoting “secular values and religious harmony,” PTI said.

The Dalai Lama also praised India as a model for religious tolerance for the rest of the world.

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His Holiness inaugurates World Conference on Terrorism in New Delhi

2 06 2008
Phayul[Monday, June 02, 2008 10:38]
By Tenzin Sangmo

At the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. (Photo by Tenzin Sangmo/Phayul.com)

New Delhi, June 2 – The Dalai Lama on Sunday inaugurated the Terrorism-National and International World Conference at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. Organized by the Jama Masjid United Forum, the conference projected intense deliberation on the root causes of terrorism, its new characteristics and emerging trends.

Addressing a gathering that saw eminent personalities like the Union Minister, Government of India Kapil Sibal, MP and Gen Secretary of the Samajwadi Party Amar Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Tarun K. Gogoi, President of the Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari among other dignitaries from Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan the Dalai Lama condemned the act of terrorism stating that is was unfair to generalize the transgression of some Muslims and associate it with Islam as a religion.

“I feel that the word ‘terrorism’ comes from an action based on it. Every action whether positive or destructive stems from a motivation and ultimately, we have to address the situation which creates the motivation.”

At Jama Maszid in New Delhi. (Photo by Tenzin Sangmo/Phayul.com)

He further stated, “We possess the potential of affection from birth which we cannot survive without. We have to develop that sense of care and affection for others. I believe in a deeper sense of human and spiritual values.”

Expressing his joy at participating in the conference His Holiness reiterated the promotion of religion and harmony despite different philosophy and tradition all which carry the same message of tolerance, discipline, friendship and peace. Furthering his commitment towards human values and tranquility among all beings the Dalai Lama offered his support and service in face of threats or acts of terrorism in the future.

The Dalai Lama then visited the historic Jama Masjid along with other foreign dignitaries in time for the evening mass by local Muslims.

The Statesman india

Leaders from various countries condemn terrorism in all its forms

Jun 2

Political and religious leaders from various countries including Sri Lanka and Pakistan have strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations. Participating in the anti terrorism conference in New Delhi yesterday, they called for an unbiased initiative to contain it. They also denounced the sinister campaigns to malign any particular community. The leaders called upon governments to generate awareness about the problem cutting across all sections to overcome the greatest threat to humanity.
While the President of Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari condenmend terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said India’s religious tolerance can be a role model for the rest of the world. Science and Technology Minister Mr Kapil Sibal pleaded that terrorism should not be used as a political weapon. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, without naming Pakistan, said there are some countries which sponsor violence to bleed another nation and the tendency needs to be checked through innovative strategy.

PTI
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today led a special prayer for world peace at the historic Jama Masjid here and said it is regrettable that Muslims are being targeted in the name of terrorism.
The Dalai Lama, who was here in the city to participate in an international Anti-Terrorism Conference, was accompanied by several foreign dignitaries and people of different faiths.

At the special prayer, the Dalai Lama said Islam has always been identified with peace and Muslims “are peace loving people.” “Muslims are one of the most peace loving people in the world,” he said, adding “it is regrettable that Muslims are targeted in the name of terrorism.” The Dalai Lama also said a person who engages in terror activities cannot be a true Muslim.

“Muslims cannot be terrorists. If a person is a terrorist, he cannot be a Muslim,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and senior officials at the Jama Masjid were present at the prayer meet.

ECONOMIC TIMES
NEW DELHI: Political and religious leaders from various countries including Sri Lanka and Pakistan today strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and demanded “unbiased initiative” to contain it while denouncing sinister campaigns to malign any particular community.

At a conference on “Anti Terrorism”, also attended by the Dalai Lama and a galaxy of leaders from India and abroad, the leaders called upon governments to generate awareness about the problem cutting across all sections to overcome the “greatest threat” to humanity.

“It is vital to consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations, committed by whomever and for whatever purposes. We condemn all forms of terrorism,” President of Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari said addressing the gathering.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said India’s “religious tolerance” can be a “role model” for the rest of the world.

“Major religions of the world like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in India and it provided shelter to followers of religions like Zoroastrianism. These can be a model for the rest of the world,” he said.

Union Science Minister Kapil Sibal said terrorism should not be used as a political weapon. “Making it an electoral issue will encourage terrorists,” he said.

Comparing terrorism with HIV, Sibal said, “The disease knows no boundary. We need global cooperation and understanding to check it. The nations indulging in arms supply and financing terrorists for narrow political gains must stop such activities.”

Howrah news

New Delhi

June 1: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has termed India’s secularism and religious tolerance as role model for the world. “India’s long tradition of religions tolerance can be a role model for rest of the world. Major religions of the world like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in India and the country provided shelter to followers of religions like Zoroastrianism,” said The Dalai Lama at an international anti-terrorism conference on Sunday.

Political and religious leaders from various countries, including Sri Lanka and Pakistan, also strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and demanded “unbiased initiative” to contain it while denouncing sinister campaigns to malign any particular community Comparing terrorism with HIV, Union science and technology minister Kapil Sibal said, “The disease knows no boundary. We need global cooperation and understanding to check it. The nations indulging in arms supply and financing terrorists for narrow political gains must stop such activities.”

“It is vital to consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations, committed by whomever and for whatever purpose. We condemn all forms of terrorism,” said president of Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, without naming Pakistan, said there are some countries which sponsor violence to bleed another nation and this tendency needs to be checked.

“These countries believe that they can bleed another country in this way,” he said.

(UPI) An Indian Cabinet minister Sunday urged delegates at an international terrorism summit in New Delhi to stop politicizing terrorism.

Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences Kapil Sibal called terrorism a disease that “knows no boundary,” noting politicizing the issue only encourages terrorism.

“The nations indulging in arms supply and financing terrorists for narrow political gains must stop such activities,” the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying.

The Dalai Lama, also speaking at the conference, said combating terrorism is a “universal responsibility” that all the world religions can embrace by promoting “secular values and religious harmony,” PTI said.

The Dalai Lama also praised India as a model for religious tolerance for the rest of the world.





Naxal Exhibition: Preview

8 04 2008
FACT India
Naxalism: A Threat to Unified India

Click here for a miniature view of the exhib
Opens :::
April 10th and 11th Oslo, during the Conference on Peace and Reconciliation http://www.sap2008.org/

Ingeniørenes Hus Møtesenter, Kronprinsens gate 17, 0251 Oslo – Norway, http://www.ingeniorenesh

The Exhibition is a reflection of the Left wing insurgency in India, a blend of photographs, statistics and an analysis that forms the presentation of FACTS. The exhibition travels through the lives of the victims in Naxal infested states and present their lives as well as the lives of those valiant fighters both civilian and from the government. It is a fight against, the act of killing just because ideologies differ. The ideology of Intolerance and disharmony aided by violence, is taking a toll on the very same people, the ideology claims to be fighting for. Here we have been working on a series of issues on Naxalism and the havoc it has created over the years on the Indian populace and threat it poses to the unity of India.

“Its (Maoism’s) purpose is to destroy an existing society and its institutions and to replace them with a completely new structure.” – Mao Tse-Tung

Well-educated Naxalites leaders have taken advantage of the dissatisfaction among the poor and uneducated population by offering them an alternative way to growth and development.

After fighting each other and splitting like an amoeba, today there are many Maoist parties and organizations that either predate the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) or emerged from factions when the CPI-ML split after the death of Charu Mazumdar. Communist Party of India (Maoist) is the consolidated destructive form of the Leftwing extremism that has been creating more problems to the poor than fighting them on their behalf.

Maoist rebels have been attacking innocent villagers without reason and destroying public facilities like Hospitals, Schools, rail, road transport, power transmission and communication facilities which are crucial for the local communities. Armed naxals have denied the basic amenities to the poor and under privileged in the name of liberating them.

The Left wing terror has lead to massacre of politicians in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh apart from killing innocent civilians. Human rights violations have become a part of their daily routine with women being raped, children taken away as child soldiers and couriers while pushing interior areas into a humanitarian crisis and away from development. While their resolutions claim and boast of a free and egalitarian society the Left wing terror group has itself been plagued with caste differences and inequality.

In the name of “supporting oppressed nationalities” the communist terrorists now have developed nexus with extremist organizations in Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and abroad. In the name of a “UF (United Front) of all secular forces” they have been trying to create divisions among Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. While many of the cadres have been deserting the party, frustrated and realizing what a hollow ideology of hate they have been blindly following, the terror perpetrators are hounding those who have left the so-called “movement”.

This Exhibition has been brought to you by FACT India through an extensive field study, and thanks to extensive media coverage of the problem and we would like to acknowledge the sources websites of Ministry of Home affairs and South Asia terrorism Portal.

FACT India is a Registered Trust. Contributions are welcome and donations are exempt under Section 80 G of the IT Act.

FACT India
41, Jor Bagh, New Delhi 110 003, India.

The world should stand beside Tibet

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/09/EDE11024F5.DTL

As a Tibetan, it is bittersweet to see Tibet on the front pages. The world is finally seeing Beijing’s repressive rule there, but the tragedy is that it has required such bloodshed. As Chinese forces now attempt to crush the protests, the crisis in Tibet has laid bare two important issues: the Tibetan people’s unresolved demands, and how these aspirations impact Tibet, the world and China itself.

For more than 50 years, Tibet has been a land of simmering resentment. Tibetans have various grievances, but the common thread is that Tibetans want what all nations want: to control their own lives, society and religion. Tibetans are not simply protesting specific policies; they are demanding their right to self-determination. It is no coincidence that in many protests, Tibetans are attacking symbols of state power, ripping down the Chinese flag and replacing it with the banned Tibetan one.

Unlike the demonstrations in the 1980s, the protests have spread far beyond the capital, Lhasa, to towns and villages across Tibet. Tibetan exiles are staging sympathy protests worldwide, including when Beijing’s Olympic torch comes through San Francisco today. These actions feed off one another, thanks to the Internet, digital cameras, cell phones and shortwave radio. This unity among Tibetans inside and outside Tibet represents a far stronger challenge to Chinese rule than before, and will give Tibetans renewed inspiration regardless of whether the protests in Tibet are temporarily suppressed.

For the international community, it is now impossible to accept Beijing’s narrative that Tibetans are happy as part of China. The economic growth that Beijing touts in Tibet is exposed as a synonym for Chinese colonization. The world now sees that, like East Timor and other former colonies, the Tibetan people’s demand for freedom may be temporarily repressed but is destined to boil over. The only question is whether the world will do anything to support these legitimate aspirations.

China’s self-absorbed myth that it “liberated” grateful Tibetans has also been shattered; its central narrative justifying Tibet’s place in its empire has vanished. Its policy of “Sinicizing” Tibet through immigration of Chinese settlers and vilifying His Holiness the Dalai Lama is just adding fuel to the fire. For the first time, Beijing has actually admitted that the Tibetan protests are widespread and conducted on a large scale.

Beijing has now resorted to a new propaganda tactic, casting Tibetans as violent criminals and Chinese as victims. This is largely because Beijing needed a domestic response to images seeping into China of Chinese forces attacking Tibetan protesters. State-controlled media are now broadcasting images of Tibetans attacking Chinese settlers; ignoring, of course, that the demonstrations in Lhasa were peaceful for days, and that most other Tibetan protests have been wholly nonviolent (the same cannot be said for Chinese forces, who used live ammunition against unarmed Tibetan protesters. The result of China’s new propaganda strategy has been to create an “us versus them” backlash among many Chinese vis-À-vis Tibetans. This is a reckless and potentially dangerous incitement of Chinese nationalism, but also has the effect of changing Chinese perceptions of Tibet. Tibetans are no longer portrayed as colorful if slightly backward “minorities.” Tibetans are now ungrateful colonial subjects in open rebellion. This is significant, because recognition of the difference between Tibetans and Chinese is the first step to recognition that Tibet is not China.

Looking forward, as with many colonized nations, there comes a tipping point when a sufficient number of people rise up and say “enough.” That point has been reached in Tibet. Ngawang Sangdrol, a Tibetan nun who became a political prisoner at age 12, once declared, “There is fire inside our bodies, but we dare not let the smoke out.” Now, the smoke has escaped, and for Tibetans in Tibet and across the Tibetan diaspora, there is a renewed push for freedom. And China? China will resist losing its colony, but then so did France with Algeria, Serbia with Kosovo, and Imperial Japan with Manchukuo.

The magnitude and vociferousness of the protests across Tibet demonstrate that Beijing cannot forever contain Tibetan demands for self-rule. Trying to do so only leads to instability. Through their courage and resilience in the face of a half-century of military occupation and religious and cultural oppression, Tibetans have made it abundantly clear that they want more than ever to determine their own future. The world should stand by their side.

Nima R. Taylor Binara is a member of the board of directors of Tibet Justice Center, a not-for-profit organization based in Berkeley that advocates the Tibetan people’s right to self-determination. www.tibetjustice.org.

This article appeared on page B – 9 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Olympic Protests Focus On Tibet’s Struggle

Learn History Behind Tibet, China’s Troubled Relationship

POSTED: 4:37 pm CDT April 7, 2008
As the eyes of the world begin to turn to the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, the focus has been straying from the athletic competition.Controversy is swirling around the upcoming international event because of many facets of Chinese policies and politics. But one issue has risen to the forefront: Tibet.Protests and demonstrations have erupted in many countries across the world, speaking out against the cultural repression and violence that has revitalized Tibet’s struggle for independence from China.Tibet, also known by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), is the second-largest province in China. TAR incorporates about half of historical Tibet, consisting of Ü-Tsang and western Kham, while the Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures and Counties are part of Quinghai, Gansu, Yunnan and Sichuan. The borders roughly correspond with the actual zone of governmental control before 1959, when Tibet was self-governing.Tibet’s struggle for independence from China began centuries ago, when the Qing Dynasty put Amdo under Chinese rule in 1724. Four years later, eastern Kham was also incorporated into the neighboring Chinese provinces.However, Tibet as we know it today has been seeking independence from China for nearly a century. After the British invasion of Tibet ended in the early 1900s, Britain acknowledged China’s control over Tibet in the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907, by stating that it would “not to enter into negotiations with Tibet except through the intermediary of the Chinese Government.”

After World War I

After World War I and the decentralization of China’s government, Tibet enjoyed a brief period of self-governance wherein the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, ruled in peace until his death in 1933.Despite this apparent independence, neither the Republic of China nor the PRC ever renounced China’s sovereignty over Tibet and in 1950 the People’s Liberation Army invaded and crushed the ill-equipped Tibetan forces. After the Seventeen Point Agreement was signed in 1951, Tibet was officially incorporated into the PRC.Still, the Tibet outlined in the Seventeen Point Agreement was to be a highly autonomous region ruled by the Dalai Lama, and was confined to the modern borders known today. The rest of historical Tibet was subject to land redistribution, which resulted in the first of many rebellions from monks and Tibetan noblemen.

Rebellions, Protests And Unrest

Though the rebellion had outside support, including the help of the American CIA, it was crushed in 1959. Thousands of Tibetans were killed, and the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, fled to exile in India where he currently resides in Dharamsala.Today, Tibet is nominally governed by the Central Tibetan Administration, also known as the Government of Tibet in Exile, though due to recent unrest, China has tightened its central control.Peaceful protests began on March 10 when hundreds of monks from Drepung monastery called for an end to religious restrictions and the release of imprisoned monks. Protests spread rapidly throughout Tibetan populated areas, and concerns of human rights violations lit up across the globe as the Olympic torch makes its way to Beijing.The protests quickly escalated away from nonviolent displays of dissent and developed into riots, resulting in many arrests and deaths — exact numbers of which are unclear due to conflicting reports from China and the Government of Tibet in Exile.Beijing has blamed the Dalai Lama and his followers for inciting the ongoing violence as an attempt to sabotage the Olympics, an allegation the religious and political leader vehemently denies.The exiled spiritual leader has repeatedly condemned violence, and has pleaded with the international community to instigate an objective probe to discover what really may have happened when the Buddhist monks clashed with the Chinese forces.

An Olympic Boycott?

International powers certainly have shown an interest in the conflict. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has stated that he may boycott the opening ceremony if China continues to crackdown on Tibet, and Prince Charles has said that he would skip the Olympics altogether.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress also drafted a house resolution calling on the PRC to end its arrests of nonviolent Tibetan protests, and its ongoing cultural, religious and economic repression in Tibet. Resolution 1077 calls on the Chinese government to begin dialogue with the Dalai Lama and find a long-term solution that will respect the human rights of Tibetans.China has voiced dissatisfaction over foreign discussions of the situation in Tibet during European Union foreign ministers’ discussion in Slovenia.”The Tibet issue is completely China’s internal affairs. No foreign countries or international organizations have the right to interfere in it,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, according to the official Xinhua news agency.The Dalai Lama has expressed that he does not seek the separation of Tibet from China, and instead hopes for “meaningful self-rule” while remaining a part of China. The holy man has insisted that he is willing to work with Chinese authorities to achieve peace and stability in the region.

http://www.fact-india.com





Naxal Exhibition: Preview

8 04 2008
FACT India
Naxalism: A Threat to Unified India

Click here for a miniature view of the exhib
Opens :::
April 10th and 11th Oslo, during the Conference on Peace and Reconciliation http://www.sap2008.org/

Ingeniørenes Hus Møtesenter, Kronprinsens gate 17, 0251 Oslo – Norway, http://www.ingeniorenesh

The Exhibition is a reflection of the Left wing insurgency in India, a blend of photographs, statistics and an analysis that forms the presentation of FACTS. The exhibition travels through the lives of the victims in Naxal infested states and present their lives as well as the lives of those valiant fighters both civilian and from the government. It is a fight against, the act of killing just because ideologies differ. The ideology of Intolerance and disharmony aided by violence, is taking a toll on the very same people, the ideology claims to be fighting for. Here we have been working on a series of issues on Naxalism and the havoc it has created over the years on the Indian populace and threat it poses to the unity of India.

“Its (Maoism’s) purpose is to destroy an existing society and its institutions and to replace them with a completely new structure.” – Mao Tse-Tung

Well-educated Naxalites leaders have taken advantage of the dissatisfaction among the poor and uneducated population by offering them an alternative way to growth and development.

After fighting each other and splitting like an amoeba, today there are many Maoist parties and organizations that either predate the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) or emerged from factions when the CPI-ML split after the death of Charu Mazumdar. Communist Party of India (Maoist) is the consolidated destructive form of the Leftwing extremism that has been creating more problems to the poor than fighting them on their behalf.

Maoist rebels have been attacking innocent villagers without reason and destroying public facilities like Hospitals, Schools, rail, road transport, power transmission and communication facilities which are crucial for the local communities. Armed naxals have denied the basic amenities to the poor and under privileged in the name of liberating them.

The Left wing terror has lead to massacre of politicians in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh apart from killing innocent civilians. Human rights violations have become a part of their daily routine with women being raped, children taken away as child soldiers and couriers while pushing interior areas into a humanitarian crisis and away from development. While their resolutions claim and boast of a free and egalitarian society the Left wing terror group has itself been plagued with caste differences and inequality.

In the name of “supporting oppressed nationalities” the communist terrorists now have developed nexus with extremist organizations in Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and abroad. In the name of a “UF (United Front) of all secular forces” they have been trying to create divisions among Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. While many of the cadres have been deserting the party, frustrated and realizing what a hollow ideology of hate they have been blindly following, the terror perpetrators are hounding those who have left the so-called “movement”.

This Exhibition has been brought to you by FACT India through an extensive field study, and thanks to extensive media coverage of the problem and we would like to acknowledge the sources websites of Ministry of Home affairs and South Asia terrorism Portal.

FACT India is a Registered Trust. Contributions are welcome and donations are exempt under Section 80 G of the IT Act.

FACT India
41, Jor Bagh, New Delhi 110 003, India.

The world should stand beside Tibet

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/09/EDE11024F5.DTL

As a Tibetan, it is bittersweet to see Tibet on the front pages. The world is finally seeing Beijing’s repressive rule there, but the tragedy is that it has required such bloodshed. As Chinese forces now attempt to crush the protests, the crisis in Tibet has laid bare two important issues: the Tibetan people’s unresolved demands, and how these aspirations impact Tibet, the world and China itself.

For more than 50 years, Tibet has been a land of simmering resentment. Tibetans have various grievances, but the common thread is that Tibetans want what all nations want: to control their own lives, society and religion. Tibetans are not simply protesting specific policies; they are demanding their right to self-determination. It is no coincidence that in many protests, Tibetans are attacking symbols of state power, ripping down the Chinese flag and replacing it with the banned Tibetan one.

Unlike the demonstrations in the 1980s, the protests have spread far beyond the capital, Lhasa, to towns and villages across Tibet. Tibetan exiles are staging sympathy protests worldwide, including when Beijing’s Olympic torch comes through San Francisco today. These actions feed off one another, thanks to the Internet, digital cameras, cell phones and shortwave radio. This unity among Tibetans inside and outside Tibet represents a far stronger challenge to Chinese rule than before, and will give Tibetans renewed inspiration regardless of whether the protests in Tibet are temporarily suppressed.

For the international community, it is now impossible to accept Beijing’s narrative that Tibetans are happy as part of China. The economic growth that Beijing touts in Tibet is exposed as a synonym for Chinese colonization. The world now sees that, like East Timor and other former colonies, the Tibetan people’s demand for freedom may be temporarily repressed but is destined to boil over. The only question is whether the world will do anything to support these legitimate aspirations.

China’s self-absorbed myth that it “liberated” grateful Tibetans has also been shattered; its central narrative justifying Tibet’s place in its empire has vanished. Its policy of “Sinicizing” Tibet through immigration of Chinese settlers and vilifying His Holiness the Dalai Lama is just adding fuel to the fire. For the first time, Beijing has actually admitted that the Tibetan protests are widespread and conducted on a large scale.

Beijing has now resorted to a new propaganda tactic, casting Tibetans as violent criminals and Chinese as victims. This is largely because Beijing needed a domestic response to images seeping into China of Chinese forces attacking Tibetan protesters. State-controlled media are now broadcasting images of Tibetans attacking Chinese settlers; ignoring, of course, that the demonstrations in Lhasa were peaceful for days, and that most other Tibetan protests have been wholly nonviolent (the same cannot be said for Chinese forces, who used live ammunition against unarmed Tibetan protesters. The result of China’s new propaganda strategy has been to create an “us versus them” backlash among many Chinese vis-À-vis Tibetans. This is a reckless and potentially dangerous incitement of Chinese nationalism, but also has the effect of changing Chinese perceptions of Tibet. Tibetans are no longer portrayed as colorful if slightly backward “minorities.” Tibetans are now ungrateful colonial subjects in open rebellion. This is significant, because recognition of the difference between Tibetans and Chinese is the first step to recognition that Tibet is not China.

Looking forward, as with many colonized nations, there comes a tipping point when a sufficient number of people rise up and say “enough.” That point has been reached in Tibet. Ngawang Sangdrol, a Tibetan nun who became a political prisoner at age 12, once declared, “There is fire inside our bodies, but we dare not let the smoke out.” Now, the smoke has escaped, and for Tibetans in Tibet and across the Tibetan diaspora, there is a renewed push for freedom. And China? China will resist losing its colony, but then so did France with Algeria, Serbia with Kosovo, and Imperial Japan with Manchukuo.

The magnitude and vociferousness of the protests across Tibet demonstrate that Beijing cannot forever contain Tibetan demands for self-rule. Trying to do so only leads to instability. Through their courage and resilience in the face of a half-century of military occupation and religious and cultural oppression, Tibetans have made it abundantly clear that they want more than ever to determine their own future. The world should stand by their side.

Nima R. Taylor Binara is a member of the board of directors of Tibet Justice Center, a not-for-profit organization based in Berkeley that advocates the Tibetan people’s right to self-determination. www.tibetjustice.org.

This article appeared on page B – 9 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Olympic Protests Focus On Tibet’s Struggle

Learn History Behind Tibet, China’s Troubled Relationship

POSTED: 4:37 pm CDT April 7, 2008
As the eyes of the world begin to turn to the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, the focus has been straying from the athletic competition.Controversy is swirling around the upcoming international event because of many facets of Chinese policies and politics. But one issue has risen to the forefront: Tibet.Protests and demonstrations have erupted in many countries across the world, speaking out against the cultural repression and violence that has revitalized Tibet’s struggle for independence from China.Tibet, also known by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), is the second-largest province in China. TAR incorporates about half of historical Tibet, consisting of Ü-Tsang and western Kham, while the Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures and Counties are part of Quinghai, Gansu, Yunnan and Sichuan. The borders roughly correspond with the actual zone of governmental control before 1959, when Tibet was self-governing.Tibet’s struggle for independence from China began centuries ago, when the Qing Dynasty put Amdo under Chinese rule in 1724. Four years later, eastern Kham was also incorporated into the neighboring Chinese provinces.However, Tibet as we know it today has been seeking independence from China for nearly a century. After the British invasion of Tibet ended in the early 1900s, Britain acknowledged China’s control over Tibet in the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907, by stating that it would “not to enter into negotiations with Tibet except through the intermediary of the Chinese Government.”

After World War I

After World War I and the decentralization of China’s government, Tibet enjoyed a brief period of self-governance wherein the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, ruled in peace until his death in 1933.Despite this apparent independence, neither the Republic of China nor the PRC ever renounced China’s sovereignty over Tibet and in 1950 the People’s Liberation Army invaded and crushed the ill-equipped Tibetan forces. After the Seventeen Point Agreement was signed in 1951, Tibet was officially incorporated into the PRC.Still, the Tibet outlined in the Seventeen Point Agreement was to be a highly autonomous region ruled by the Dalai Lama, and was confined to the modern borders known today. The rest of historical Tibet was subject to land redistribution, which resulted in the first of many rebellions from monks and Tibetan noblemen.

Rebellions, Protests And Unrest

Though the rebellion had outside support, including the help of the American CIA, it was crushed in 1959. Thousands of Tibetans were killed, and the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, fled to exile in India where he currently resides in Dharamsala.Today, Tibet is nominally governed by the Central Tibetan Administration, also known as the Government of Tibet in Exile, though due to recent unrest, China has tightened its central control.Peaceful protests began on March 10 when hundreds of monks from Drepung monastery called for an end to religious restrictions and the release of imprisoned monks. Protests spread rapidly throughout Tibetan populated areas, and concerns of human rights violations lit up across the globe as the Olympic torch makes its way to Beijing.The protests quickly escalated away from nonviolent displays of dissent and developed into riots, resulting in many arrests and deaths — exact numbers of which are unclear due to conflicting reports from China and the Government of Tibet in Exile.Beijing has blamed the Dalai Lama and his followers for inciting the ongoing violence as an attempt to sabotage the Olympics, an allegation the religious and political leader vehemently denies.The exiled spiritual leader has repeatedly condemned violence, and has pleaded with the international community to instigate an objective probe to discover what really may have happened when the Buddhist monks clashed with the Chinese forces.

An Olympic Boycott?

International powers certainly have shown an interest in the conflict. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has stated that he may boycott the opening ceremony if China continues to crackdown on Tibet, and Prince Charles has said that he would skip the Olympics altogether.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress also drafted a house resolution calling on the PRC to end its arrests of nonviolent Tibetan protests, and its ongoing cultural, religious and economic repression in Tibet. Resolution 1077 calls on the Chinese government to begin dialogue with the Dalai Lama and find a long-term solution that will respect the human rights of Tibetans.China has voiced dissatisfaction over foreign discussions of the situation in Tibet during European Union foreign ministers’ discussion in Slovenia.”The Tibet issue is completely China’s internal affairs. No foreign countries or international organizations have the right to interfere in it,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, according to the official Xinhua news agency.The Dalai Lama has expressed that he does not seek the separation of Tibet from China, and instead hopes for “meaningful self-rule” while remaining a part of China. The holy man has insisted that he is willing to work with Chinese authorities to achieve peace and stability in the region.

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Tibet Crackdown: Events in New Delhi, Bombay (March 17, 2008)

17 03 2008

Tibet Crackdown: NEW DELHI

Friends of Tibet, All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum For Tibet and Core Group for Tibetan Cause invite you to a press conference on India’s stand on Tibet and proposed intervention by the Indian Government on this issue, with Kiren Rijiju, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha). Members of the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum For Tibet and Core group for Tibetan
Cause will also address the press.

Venue: Press Club of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi.
Date: Monday, March 17, 2008
Program: 3pm Tea, 3:30 Short film screening on Tibet followed by Kiran Rijiju’s statements
and a Q&A session

Demands: We request the Indian government to allow the March to Tibet to continue unabated. In light of the critical situation inside Tibet, where China is preparing its ‘people’s war’ against unarmed Tibetans, we also call on the Indian government to put pressure on the Chinese government to abstain from using force in Tibet and immediately and unconditionally
release Tibetan prisoners of conscience and solve the Tibet issue through peaceful means.

Friends of Tibet
All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum For Tibet Core Group for Tibetan Cause

March 16, 2008
New Delhi, India

For more information you may,
contact: 9899086964, 9810513969 or
email: friendsoftibet.delhi@gmail.com

Dear friends,

Our petition for restraint and dialogue in Tibet is exploding, with 253,353 signers since yesterday! Add your voice to the outcry now:

In just 36 hours, 253,553 of us have supported the Dalai Lama‘s call for dialogue and human rights in Tibet. This is an incredible response–if each of us can get 4 more of our friends to sign the petition, we’ll hit 1 million this week!

After decades of suffering, the Tibetan people have burst onto the streets in protests and riots. The spotlight of the upcoming Olympic Games is now on China, and Tibetan Nobel peace prize winner the Dalai Lama is calling to end all violence through restraint and dialogue–he urgently needs the support of the world’s people.

China’s leaders are lashing out publicly at the Dalai Lama–but we’re told many Chinese officials believe dialogue is the best hope for stability in Tibet. China’s leadership is right now considering a crucial choice between crackdown and dialogue that could determine Tibet’s–and China’s–future.

We can affect this historic choice–China does care about its international reputation, and we can help them choose the right path. China’s President Hu Jintao needs to hear that the ‘Made in China’ brand and the upcoming Olympics in Beijing will succeed only if he makes the right choice. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get his attention. Click below now to join 250,000 others and sign the petition–and tell absolutely everyone you can right away–our goal is 1 million voices united for Tibet:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/tibet_end_the_violence/22.php

China’s economy is dependent on “Made in China” exports that we all buy, and the government is keen to make the Olympics in Beijing this summer a celebration of a new and respected China. China is also a sprawling, diverse country with much brutality in its past, so it has good reasons to be concerned about stability — some of Tibet’s rioters killed innocent people. But President Hu must recognize that the greatest danger to Chinese stability and development today comes from hardliners who advocate escalating repression, not from those Tibetans seeking dialogue and reform.

We will deliver our petition directly to Chinese officials in New York, London and Beijing, but it must be a massive number first. Please forward this email to your address book with a note explaining to your friends why this is important, or use our tell-a-friend tool to email your address book–it will come up after you sign.

The Tibetan people have suffered quietly for decades. It is finally their moment to speak–we must help them be heard.

With hope and respect,

Ricken, Iain, Graziela, Paul, Galit, Pascal, Milena, Ben and the whole Avaaz team

Here are some links with more information on the Tibetan protests and the Chinese response:

Crackdown in Tibet, but protests spreading:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/19/tibet.china
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/crackdown-on-protests-widens/2008/03/17/1205602289349.html

Dalai Lama calling for dialogue and restraint, and an end to violence:
http://www.dalailama.com/news.216.htm
http://www.agi.it/world/news/200803191258-pol-ren0032-art.html

Leaders across Europe and Asia starting to back dialogue as the way forward:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7300157.stm

Chinese Prime Minister attacks “Dalai clique”, leaves door open for talks:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/18/content_7813194.htm

Other Chinese signals:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/China_looks_at_India_to_talk_to_Dalai_Lama/articleshow/2875142.cms
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Indian Cartoonists on Tibet (Auroville, Mar 16-31, 2008)

9 03 2008

Indian Cartoonists on Tibet (Auroville, Mar 16-31, 2008)

Pavilion of Tibetan Culture and Friends of Tibet invite you for ‘Indian
Cartoonists on Tibet’ – a travelling exhibition from Friends of Tibet which
will be on display at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture, (next to Bharat Nivas)
Auroville, Pondichery from March 16-31, 2008. This exhibition of selected
cartoons on the Tibet issue (1950-2005) and the tumultuous Indo-China relations
will feature the following Indian cartoonists: Shankar, Ranga, OV Vijayan, RK
Laxman, Ravi Shankar, Mario Miranda, Rajinder Puri, Prriya Raj, Yesudasan,
Nanda Soobben, Abe Gowda, Kaak, Madhu Omalloor, Balu, Thommy, Ponnappa,
Morparia and Prakash Shetty.

Inaugural presentation (5:45pm, Sunday, March 16, 2008):
Claude Arpi (French Tibetologist and the author of ‘The Fate of Tibet’) and
Sethu Das (President, Friends of Tibet)

To know more about the event, you may call: +91.9443006381, +91.9833191592 or
email: support@friendsoftibet.org
. . . . .
Friends of Tibet, PO Box: 16674, Bombay 400050, India.
. . . . .
Friends of Tibet is a people’s movement to keep alive the issue of Tibet
through direct action. Our activities are aimed at ending China’s occupation of
Tibet and the suffering of the Tibetan people. Friends of Tibet supports the
continued struggle of the Tibetan people for independence. To know more, visit:
www.friendsoftibet.org





Human Rights Day in Bombay : Support TIBETAN cause

6 12 2007

Human Rights Day in Bombay
(December 10, 2007)

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day and the 18th anniversary ofawarding the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, rightsgroups will come together on December 10, 2007 to organise various programmes in Bombay city. A function at Sharda Mangal Karyalaya at Dadar organised by the Tibetan Residents Association in association with DharmaRain Centre and Friends of Tibet will be addressed by Venerable GesheLhakdor, former official translator of the Dalai Lama who will be on aweek-long lecture series on Buddhism, in connection with “Buddha DharmaWeek”.

The function will be held at the Sharda Mangal Karyalaya, ShardaTalkies, Lane adjacent to Dadar Fire Brigade Station, Dadar from 9amonwards.In the evening, Dharma Rain Centre, Indian Committee for Cultural Freedomand Friends of Tibet will jointly organise a Panel Discussion on “HumanRights: Tibet, Burma and India” at the MC Ghia Hall, Rampart Row, K DubashMarg, Kalaghoda, Bombay at 6.30 pm. The speakers are Venerable GesheLhakdor (Official translator of HH the Dalai Lama), Dr Ramu Manivannan(Burma Expert), Yogesh Kamdar (National Vice President, People’s Union forCivil Liberties) and other panelists include Vijay Crishna (Industrialistand Theatre Personality), and CA Kallianpur (National Coordinator,Friends of Tibet). The panel discussion will be moderated by Aspi Mistryof Dharma Rain Centre.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

About Speakers & Panelists:

* Venerable Geshe Lhakdor has served His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama ashis official translator and religious assistant since 1989. He hastranslated numerous books by His Holiness from English to Tibetan and fromTibetan to English. He is also the Director of the Library of TibetanWorks and Archives, Dharamshala.

* Yogesh Kamdar is a Bombay-based writer and the National Vice President
*Dr Ramu Manivannan is reader in political science at the Chennai
University, Dr Ramu is also the founder of Buddha Smiles, a program oneducation, peace and development of children in India and the Burmese refugee community living in India. He is a peace researcher and an activist.

* Vijay Crishna is an industrialist, theatre personality and an avid mountaineer – a person of many facets has done many exploratory trips to the Chinese-occupied Tibet. He is the Managing Director of Godrej Upstream and has been active in theater since 1965, taking occasional bit role in films.

* CA Kallianpur is a researcher on Tibet issue and the National Coordinator of Friends of Tibet.

About Organisations:

The Dharma Rain Centre is contemplated as a resource centre that offers supportive environment to all those who are interested in exploring Buddhist thought and practice. Presenting all the major Buddhist schools and traditions, in a non-sectarian and non-denominational manner, its vision includes dialogue and understanding between different schools of Buddhism and interaction with other religious and scientific traditions. Indian Committee for Cultural Freedom (ICCF) was founded in 1951 as a non-party organisation of scholars, writers, artists and scientists to defend intellectual liberty, to cultivate a spirit of free enquiry and an appreciation of the arts. Among its founding members were Jayaprakash
Narayan, Minoo Masani, Khushwant Singh, Tarkateerth Laxmanshastri Joshi and Asoka Mehta.

Friends of Tibet,
PO Box: 16674,
Bombay 400050,

India of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).* Dr Ramu Manivannan is reader in political science at the ChennaiUniversity, Dr Ramu is also the founder of Buddha Smiles, a program oneducation, peace and development of children in India and the Burmeserefugee community living in India. He is a peace researcher and anactivist.*

Vijay Crishna is an industrialist, theatre personality and an avid mountaineer – a person of many facets has done many exploratory trips tothe Chinese-occupied Tibet. He is the Managing Director of Godrej Upstreamand has been active in theater since 1965, taking occasional bit role infilms.* CA Kallianpur is a researcher on Tibet issue and the NationalCoordinator of Friends of Tibet
.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

About Organisations:* The Dharma Rain Centre is contemplated as a resource centre that offersa supportive environment to all those who are interested in exploringBuddhist thought and practice. Presenting all the major Buddhist schoolsand traditions, in a non-sectarian and non-denominational manner, itsvision includes dialogue and understanding between different schools ofBuddhism and interaction with other religious and scientific traditions.* Indian Committee for Cultural Freedom (ICCF) was founded in 1951 as anon-party organisation of scholars, writers, artists and scientists todefend intellectual liberty, to cultivate a spirit of free enquiry and anappreciation of the arts. Among its founding members were JayaprakashNarayan, Minoo Masani, Khushwant Singh, Tarkateerth Laxmanshastri Joshiand Asoka Mehta.. . . .Friends of Tibet, PO Box: 16674, Bombay 400050, India. . . . .

Friends of Tibet is a people\’s movement to keep alive the issue of Tibet through direct action. Our activities are aimed at ending China’s occupation of Tibet and the suffering of the Tibetan people. Friends of Tibet supports the continued struggle of the Tibetan people for independence. To know more, visit: http://www.friendsoftibet.org/

Friends of Tibet is a people’s movement to keep alive the issue of Tibetthrough direct action. Our activities are aimed at ending China’soccupation of Tibet and the suffering of the Tibetan people. Friends ofTibet supports the continued struggle of the Tibetan people forindependence.

To know more, visit: http://www.friendsoftibet.org/. . . .

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