ODISHA: Phuntsokling Tibetan settlement, Odisha held a prayer service on Wednesday, 25 October, to mark the 49th day since the demise of Tashi Namgyal. The prayer service was attended by monks and nuns, representatives of organisations and residents of the settlement.
Tashi Namgyal, a Tibetan immigrant to Switzerland from Odisha, has sacrificed his life on 7 September 2017 by lying on a railway track between the towns of Emmenbruke and Olten in Switzerland in an effort to raise awareness on the issue of Tibet and the dire situation prevailing inside Tibet.
Before committing the fatal protest, Tashi Namgyal has written two statements which confirmed that his act was a protest against the Chinese government. The statements emphasise six points which include an appeal to the United Nations, return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, plight of Tibetan asylum seekers in Switzerland, and his support for the non violent Tibetan movement against Chinese occupation.
Tashi Namgyal hails from camp no 2 of Phuntsokling Tibetan settlement in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. He is survived by his father Dorje Tseten and mother Rinchen Dolma and their four other children.
Tashi Namgyal is described as a hard working, committed and responsible person who has been elected twice as leader of his camp in the past.
– Report filed by Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement office, Odisha –