Bomb blast in Tibetan area of China

20 03 2009

China has stepped up security in Tibetan areas during the unrest anniversaries [GALLO/GETTY]

A bomb has exploded inside a police station in a mainly Tibetan area of China’s Sichuan province, China’s state media has reported.

A group of assailants reportedly threw the bomb at the unoccupied building shortly before midnight on Monday night.

The incident came amid politically-sensitive anniversaries with Tibetans marking 50 years since a failed uprising against Chinese rule over Tibet and the first anniversary of last year’s violence in Lhasa and other Tibetan areas.

The blast in Sichuan’s Batang county shattered windows in the building but no injuries were reported.

Police have said they are investigating the incident.

Bantang county is just a short distance from the border with Tibet.

The county is part of Ganzi prefecture, an area known for its strong Tibetan identity which has been at the centre of dissent against Chinese rule for years.

The region saw some of the most violent protests during last year’s unrest.

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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.





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.





PRESS RELEASE: Oslo Peace Conference, South Asia

15 04 2008

CONFERENCE ON SOUTH ASIAN CONFLICTS UNDERLINES SPIRITUALITY AND PEACE AS THE WAYS FORWARD

Look at Guruji’s Interview to the Norwegin TV network


Oslo, Norway. April 12, 2008: Bringing together top leaders, senior diplomats and experts from diverse backgrounds, a historic Conference on Peace and Reconciliation in South Asia concluded in the “peace capital” of the world today, calling for peaceful resolution of the unsettled issues and highlighting “spirituality” as a way forward.

The two-day Conference, which focused on the internal armed conflicts in South Asian nations of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal, was organized by ‘The Art of Living Foundation’ of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and discussed possible solutions and ways and means to achieve them. Another aim of the initiative was to highlight the need to promote dialogue and evolve a consensus among the stakeholders to deal with the problems, which have together taken millions of lives in the last few decades.
Norway’s Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Sri Lanka Jon Hanssen-Bauer, Members of European Parliament Erika Mann and Nirj Deva and Aud Kvalbein, Deputy Mayor of Oslo were some of the prominent European speakers in the conference.

From Asia, Ramvichar Nitam, Home Minister of the Naxal insurgency-affected state of of Chhattisgarh and MDMK chief Vaiko represented India, while Sri Lankan perspective was presented by Arumugham Thondaman, Minister for Youth Empowerment and Socio-Economic Development ,Jayalath Jayawardhne, MP,Dr Rajiv Wijesinghe( Gen Secy. of the Peace Secretariat) and prominent Buddhist Monks Dr. Brahmanawatte Seevali Nayaka Thero, Deputy Secretary General, Sri Lanka Amarapura Mahanikaya and Dr Maduluvave Sobitha Nayaka Thero, Chief Incumbent of Nagavihara Kotte,. Besides, renowned experts, academics and members of The Art of Living Foundation from various nations also participated in the unique initiative.

“It is a humongous task to find harmony in diversity. We must continue to pursue the path of peace. Conflicts are bound to come and we have to make them a stepping stone to achieve the ultimate goal of global peace,” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the main motivation behind the initiative, said.

”Whether it is inter-religious conflict, or intra-religious conflict, or it is a conflict between communist or capitalist ideology, it all starts in the minds of people, in the hearts of people. When such conflict begins, they shut themselves for reasoning, prejudice overtakes, and communication goes haywire. It’s here we need to build the trust among the communities. Spiritual leaders, religious leaders, can play a bigger role in this” Sri Sri added.

“Through this conference, we appeal to Sri Lankan government, Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), Buddhist monks in China, Chinese government, Myanmar regime…everyone for peace and restraint, and to have a preference for coming to the table for resolution of issues,” the globally known Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said in his concluding remarks.

During the course of the conference, a host of subjects such as ‘the role of civil society and the governments in conflict resolution’,’role of media in the conflict resolution’ and ‘Peace building in South Asia’ were discussed in detail. Separately, workshops on the Naxal insurgency problem in India, ethic Tamil strife in Sri Lanka and Burma were also conducted.

Deliberating upon the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka, top Norwegian peace negotiator Jon Hanssen-Bauer said: “The common understanding between the government and the LTTE has been that talks are aimed at finding a political solution that are acceptable to all communities in Sri Lanka. For Norway, any solution endorsed by the Sri Lankan people is of course acceptable to us.”
Participants also expressed concern at the existing situation in Sri Lanka . Mr Thondaman, minister from Sri Lanka said,”I am strongly of the opinion that there is no military solution. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been preaching the attainment of inner peace for years, through yoga, meditation and stress relief. An individual at peace, within himself, he obviously influences the inner peace of other individuals around him.”

Buddhist Master Seevali Nayaka Thero said that today there is so much conflict happening and this is the time to think for both the Government and LTTE about how many lives are being lost because of this war. “In any place, in any country, only by war you cannot solve the problems. Only peace talks, and reconciliation, can solve the problem,” he added.

MDMK leader Vaiko speaking about Sri Lanka said,”a whole ancient race is about to be wiped out. I would appeal to the European Union to put pressure on the Sinhalese government to end its military offensive on the LTTE, ” ”Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has done a commendable job by convening this conference of this scale” he added.

Meanwhile, the conference also zeroed down on the problem of ‘Naxalism’, which has been identified as “the single largest threat to the internal security of the country” by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the past. The ultra-Left Naxal movement, which started in late 60s, today affects one-third of the total districts of India and has been responsible for killings of thousands of people in states battling the menace.

Explaining the government’s perspective, Home Minister of Chhattisgarh Ramvichar Nitam said that the problem also had a serious socio-economic aspect to it. He outlined various steps taken by the state government to bring the Naxal youth into the mainstream and counter the insurgency militarily.

On its part, the Art of Living Foundation has also taken a lot of initiative in educating youth in the affected districts about the importance of spirituality. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has also persuaded the Naxalites for dialogue, and called upon them to give up violent means. Nirj Deva, Member of European Parliament, who conducted the workshop on Naxalism, said that he would take up the issue with fellow Parliamentarians and work towards increasing awareness and action in this regard.

Among other prominent participants were Khin Maung Win, Deputy Executive Director, Democratic Voice of Burma, Francois Gautier, Editor-in-chief, La Revue de I’lnde, Brahma Chellaney, Centre for Policy Research, India, Wasim Zaman, Director, CST for South and West Asia, United Nations Populations Fund and Sashi Raj Pandey from Nepal.




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
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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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