SFT India, Chapter Visit 2011 Report

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“Awareness is empowering”-Rita Wilson

Students for a Free Tibet- India began its journey on 21st of august and successfully concluded a month journey in  eleven major Indian cities namely Chandigarh,Delhi,Udaipur,Rajkot, Ahemadabad,Baroda, Pune,Mumbai, Banglore,Chennai and Kolkotta.The main objective of the visit is to raise awareness on the Tibet issue and to recruit new active members and Tibet supporters among the Indian youth and students in SFT.

Under this chapter visit, SFT-India gave introduction of Tibet followed by a  screening of the Tibetan documentary ‘Leaving Fear Behind’ made by Dhondup Wangchen. The documentary reflects the opinion and the true feelings of Tibetan people inside Tibet and the importance of Tibet’s issue. Students  got the chance to ask questions relating to Tibet and discussions were held too.

The screening and discussion were held in more than 25 Indian colleges and schools all over India. It  includes elite Indian institutes such as Delhi University, Madras University, M. S. University-Gujarat, Tata Institute of Social Science-Mumbai, National Institute of Design-Ahemdabad, Film and Television Institute of India-Pune, National Law School-Calcutta, Symbiosis college-Pune and Madras Christian College etc.  They also outreached with NGOs working in  different fields and many young Indian activists.

The discussions and screenings were organized by SFT chapters and college staffs in various departments and faculties namely Political Science, International Relation, Mass Communication and Legal studies etc.

SFT-India succeeded in recruiting many new members from Udaipur, Rajkot and Madras for setting new chapters in the respective cities. The chapter visit successfully reach out to more than 2800 Indian students and young activists across the country. So lets hope this end of the journey  will have a new begining.

About INDIA: Stand Up for Tibet-Petition

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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