Little Lhasa 2011

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh – June 22 , 2011 – With participants from across India, France and Bolivia – students, journalists, film-makers and people of various professions, the fourth Little Lhasa program came to a successful end, once again leaving many participants empowered.

The participants came to Dharamsala for on 21st June for 5 days to experience Tibet and explore Tibet’s current political situation, its unique socio-cultural heritage and history.

“I got interested in the Tibetan cause after hearing a lecture by Lobsang Sangay at IIT. Sangay spoke eloquently and movingly about the plight of the Tibetans and the uphill task that independence was going to be” said Kurian, a 3rd year English major student of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Madras. “The Little Lhasa program is an opportunity to gain an inside look at the revolution; to observe first-hand the churning wheels and cogs of the small but fierce machine of Tibetan independence.”

In the course of a week, participants engaged with prominent Tibetan activists, leaders and former Tibetan political prisoners. The participants will also visit Tibetan political and cultural institutions, Tibetan Govt-in-Exile, Tibetan Library and Museum.

“I’ve known very little about the Tibetan struggle and when I came to know about the program I wanted to know through face-to-face interaction what the struggle is all about,” said Vaishalli, a journalist participant. “Here, I am getting the opportunity put faces to the Tibetan struggle.”

Little Lhasa is an annual summer programme organized by Students for a Free Tibet-India. The participants bear all their expenses to take part in this program.

Photos: David Huang

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Please sign this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today. We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 - Gandhi Jayanti - a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. National wide Candle Light Vigil wil be organised by our Indian Members and supporters in all the Indian major cities that day. Tibet Needs You Now! Students for a Free Tibet, India (SFT India) is the India National Network of Students for a Free Tibet International, which has over 650 chapters in more than 35 countries. We are a Non-Profit Organization funded entirely by our members and supporters. Founded in the year 2000 from a very humble beginning as a loose network of few young activists and students based in Dharamshala campaigning for Tibet’s Independence, SFT India has grown as nation-wide network of youth, campaigning for the Fundamental Rights of the Tibetan people, and we are still growing. It is from our grassroots network that we gain our strength. To ensure the effectiveness of our grassroots network, we create awareness and sensitize the world on the just cause of Tibet. We believe that young people can and must take responsibility to change our world for the better.
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