Every country has an independence or national day regardless of its current political status and Tibet is no exception. February 13, 2013 marks the 100 years since Tibetans proclaimed the restoration of their independence. On Wednesday, February 13 (the 3rd day of Tibetan New Year), Tibetans and supporters worldwide celebrated the centennial of the Tibetan Independence Day – a symbolic day that we pledge to mark every year. In occupied countries, observing the independence day has become a powerful expression of a people’s desire for freedom.
At this time when nearly 100 Tibetans have self-immolated to protest Chinese rule, a global commemoration of this historic occasion will help to renew our spirits, reaffirm our vision, and strengthen our struggle.
Students for a Free Tibet, India Chapter have also celebrated the day with great enthusiasm by organizing a series of event from morning till night, aiming to make young, old and teens to know the importance of the day. Dharamsala the exile headquarters of Dharamshala, Tibetans and supporters took part in a day-long event marked with an exhibition displaying historical facts asserting Tibet’s independent status followed by a talk on His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama and his efforts in securing Tibet’s independence, culminating with a concert in the evening.
In India, SFT chapters in Delhi, Jalhandhar, Kolkata, Chennai(TSAM), and Bangalore organized similar events.
This lhakar Students for a Free Tibet – India had the opportunity to organize a small training on Youth activism and Public speaking to Tibetan students who are on their winter vacation in Dharamshala. The session started with a brief introduction on Student For a Free Tibet by Dorjee Tsetan, National Director of SFT- India. There innocence mount up as soon as we started learning through game, their overwhelming response created joyous environment and their awareness about Tibetan cause and need to do something was there in everybody minds, we came to know about it as soon as we started talking about public speaking, they were confident and their proficiency in Tibetan language was overwhelming. Though it was only half day training but it helps to create a small space where students can build their self-confident and open their mind without any hesitation. In small group exercise, students spoke in front of their fellow students, share their thought on camera and later screen and learn through different games and fun. We felt lucky to have a great interaction with the future leader of Tibet. There is no doubt that these young minds will strengthen our movement at next level.
Members of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), India today delivered more than 50 video messages to the Prime Minister at his office in Raisina Hill, Delhi urging him to engage in a multilateral action for Tibet with other world leaders. Members of Parliament, Advocates, Doctors, Professors, Journalist, Artists, Writers, Students, Activists and people of various professions expressed their solidarity and concern on Tibet through those videos.
Organised by CHOICE—HIV/AIDS Initiative SFT – India RTYC RTWA
World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The World Health Organization recognizes the day as an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world. December 1, World AIDS Day has become one of the most recognized international health days to increase awareness, fight against the prejudices, and to mobilize community at grassroots level in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Ever since the disease was first discovered in 1981, more than 25 million people have died so far. Approximately 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS according to UNAIDS 2011 statistics. Although India has reported a 50% decline in new HIV infection in the last 10 years, the vast landmass and huge population of India makes it the world’s third largest country living with HIV/AIDS infection. The Tibetan refugee population living in India falls under high risk categories due to high mobility, poverty and lack of access to proper healthcare facilities. According to the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) Demographic survey of Tibetans in Exile 2009, HIV/AIDS is one of the 15 leading causes of death in the Tibetan exile community. To mark World AIDS Day 2012, a day-long awareness program will be held in McLeod Ganj with the theme — Getting Zero: ZERO NEW INFECTION, ZERO DISCRIMINATION and ZERO AIDS RELATED DEATHS. CHOICE—HIV/AIDS Initiative, along with the Students For a Free Tibet –India, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Regional Tibetan Women’s Association Dharamshala will be organising the campaign. Programme I. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. : HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign at McLeod Ganj square II. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. : Movie Screening and Discussion at TCV Day School, McLeod Ganj
Tibetan vs Xi Jinping Gangnam style’ censored in China and Tibet. It was uploaded in many chinese social networking site including ‘Youku.com’ Chinese version of Youtube but was banned in few hours. some take only few minutes to censored. This shows how much Chinese govt is threaten with a simple funny video! But we haven’t give up. Please make sure people in the free world view it as much as possible and enjoy to make fun of China’s Next Dictator!!!!!
Students for a Free Tibet – India and filming for Tibet is organizing a Tibet Film Festival-2012. More than 1000 tickets sold out. The movies were screened at TIPA hall. There were around 20 long and short films all made by Tibetan film makers in Exile and from Tibet. The Festival is dedicated to Dhondup Wangchen who was arrested for showing the truth about Tibet. For Information visit: http://www.filmingfortibet.org/