188264_10151447794588729_267576883_nEvery 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.

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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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