DELHI: The Flame of Truth reaches Delhi on 6 October and was held with a brief function organised at Samyeling Tibetan Colony. Prior to that, Tibetan community based in Delhi met several times over a month to arrange the relay, which covers all over Delhi.
On 8 October, the relay was started from Samyeling Tibetan Colony. Later, a stall was installed near the entrance of Delhi University Metro Station, whereby collecting signatures from the public. Next day, another stall was also put up at Punjab Basti, opposite to Samyeling Tibetan Settlement, and at Ladakh Buddh Vihar.
While the torch was on its way to Laxmi Nagar, Shri. Ch. Mateen Ahmed, Member of Legislative Assembly, Delhi (UT) visited to show his support for the Tibetan freedom movement. Members of Indian support groups in Delhi also visited to show their solidarity.
Today, police in Delhi stopped Tibetan students at SOS Tibetan Youth Hostel from organising the relay in Rohini, but the Tibetan students will be carrying out programmes in Delhi University.
In the following days, the torch relay will move towards south Delhi, covering major public spots like Delhi Huts, JNU Campus, Eskon Temple, Lodhi Road and others.
Mr Lekyi Dorjee, Tibetan Settlement Officer of Samyeling Tibetan Colony, stressed that despite restrictions from the Delhi Police in conducting the Flame of Truth Relay in Delhi, activities are going around Delhi without much hindrances.
On 15 October 2012, Tibetans and Tibet support groups will hold a solidarity march from Samstha Sthal to Jantar Mantar at 10.00 am. At Jantar Mantar, more than 500 people are expected to participate for the concluding session, which will be attended by prominent Indian personalities.
The Flame of Truth was initiated worldwide by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, which was launched earlier during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday on 6 July this year. It was aimed to seek urgent intervention from the world community, especially the United Nations, to press the Chinese government to end its repression in Tibet which is pushing an increasing number of Tibetans to burn themselves to death.