Friends of Tibet: People's Movement for an Independent Tibet

59th Tibetan National Uprising Day in Pune
(Pune, Maharashtra | March 10, 2018)

Pune Press Conference by Tenzin Tsundue (March 10, 2018)

COMMEMORATING the 59th Tibetan National Uprising Day, Friends of Tibet (Pune) chapter organised a Press Conference and participated in a Motor Bike rally on March 10, 2018.

Sudeep Chaterjee, an IT professional and a long-time Friends of Tibet Campaigner hosted the Press Conference held at the Pune Press Club (Patrakar Bhavan) located at the Navipeth Road, Pune. Sudeep introduced the speakers on the diaz: Anil Thampi, lecturer on Psychology at the Fergusson College and Chanakya Mandal; and Tibetan activist and writer, Tenzin Tsundue, a long-time Friends of Tibet Campaigner who is passing the city on his three months long Tibet speaking tour across India.

Tenzin Tsundue spoke in Hindi narrating historical events of March 10, 1959; how one lead to other in the first Tibetan national uprising, resulting in tens of thousands of Tibetans bring killed by the invading Chinese forces and also escape of the HH the XIV Dalai Lama into India.

Tenzin Tsundue while talking about Tibet today he said: "Today entire Tibet is under a tyrannical Chinese military rule, making Tibet, the most inaccessible country after Syria and North Korea. Tibetan nomads and farmers are losing their land to Chinese land sharks, Tibetan textbooks are being replaced by Chinese, human rights is blatantly violated in my country and yet over a hundred countries continue earn trade benefits from China. This lead to over 152 cases of self-immolations by Tibetans inside Tibet."

Anil Thampi, who is a student of Buddhist philosophy, particularly the Nalanda tradition at the Pune University and Tibet House, New Delhi said: "Tibetans have preserved and protected Buddhism by practice and scholarship what India list after the Nalanda fire. With greatest humility His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls India his 'Guru' and himself India's chela or students, But, I think after the destruction of Buddhism in India Tibetans are bringing back one of our most treasured philosophies, scholarships and one of the most profound human tradition of learning. Therefore we are the chela and Tibetans are guru, the roles reversed."

In a response to a media question Tsundue exalted with a long list reasons why India securing her borders and standing her ground again Chinese bully would naturally boost the morale of Tibetan struggle inside Chinese-occupied Tibet. "So it's no longer 'Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai', but we must say 'Tibet Bharat ki Suraksha'.

The press conference on Tibet was attended by local Indian media and Indian Tibet supporters. Dr Nikhil Yadav and Dr Jivak Gaikwad assisted Tenzin Tsundue in organising this event and coordinating the media. During the press conference, a group of Pune based bikers called 'Road Thrill' led by Captain Kamal Chodhri offered to a do bike rally in solidarity with the Tibetan people. Tsundue not only flagged off the rally but joined the rally and gave an in-depth understanding of the situation inside occupied-Tibet and exile condition to the bikers. The rally that started off from Pune at 7pm went to Jejury and after covering a total distance of about 200 kilometres returned to the city in the early hours of March 11, 2018.

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