New Delhi: Tibetans around the world commemorated the 64th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day on 10th March to remember and pay tribute to the Tibetan martyrs who, on this very day in 1959, gathered in Tibet’s capital Lhasa and rose up against Communist China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. Joining the Tibetan brethren, Tibet Support Groups in India also commemorated the day by paying tribute to the Tibetan martyrs, protesting against the illegal occupation of Tibet by Communist China and raising voices for the freedom of Tibet.
In Delhi, Bharat Tibbat Samanvay Sangh (BTSS) led by Smt. Sandhya Singh, National General Secretary, the Women’s Wing and its members participated in the official program of the 64th Tibetan National Uprising Day organised by the Samyeling Tibetan Settlement in Majnukatilla. The members of BTSS also joined the Tibetan brothers and sisters in Dehradun, Shimla and Mainpat in commemorating the significant day.
Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch (BTSM) General Secretary Shri Pankaj Goyal and its members joined the 10th March program at Jantar Mantar, Delhi organised by Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Delhi. India Tibet Friendship Society (ITFS) Senior Member Shri Shyam Gambhir was also present at the program showing his support and spirit for the Tibetan freedom movement.
In Gujarat’s Patan, BTSM organised a public awareness program on the occasion at Hemchand Acharya North Gujarat University. Shri Gajendra Kumar Joshi, Coordinator, BTSM Western Region condemned the policies of China depicting the atrocities committed in Tibet from human rights violations to persecution of Tibetans inside Tibet. A large number of students were present at the program.
In Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, India Tibet Friendship Society (ITFS) held a press conference releasing a press statement on the 64th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day condemning the illegal occupation of Tibet by Communist China. A large number of Tibet supporters attended the press meeting addressed by ITFS Bihar President Shri Harendra Kumar who was joined by Shri Surendra Kumar, Prof Arun Kumar Singh, Prabhat Kumar and Vishwanand. In Sitamadhi, ITFS members led by District President Dr Shashi Ranjan Kumar held a program cum meeting where they passed a resolution demanding the Government of India to exert pressure on China for the early resumption of dialogue between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the People’s Republic of China.
India Tibet Friendship Society also commemorated the day in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand led by President Shri Sudesh Kumar, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan led by President Smt. Reshma Bala, in Bhandara, Maharashtra led by President Shri Amrut Bansod and in Bengaluru and Mysore, the members of ITFS joined the Tibetan brothers and sisters.
In Assam’s Guwahati, Free Tibet – A Voice from Assam led by Convener Shri Soumyadeep Datta observed the 64th Tibetan National Uprising Day at Gauhati Press Club. On the occasion, a book titled ‘Free Tibet! Voice from Assam’ written by Smt. Novanita Sharma, Coordinator of the Forum was launched. The members also sang the Tibetan national anthem during the program in full solidarity with the Tibetan freedom cause.
In Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang, Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India Tibet Friendship Society and Tawang Rangden Tsokchung led by Shri Lhundup Chosang commemorated the significant day. A peace rally was organised from Tawang Monastery to General Parade Ground joined by NGOs and Tibet Supporters from in and around Tawang raising slogans against the illegal occupation of Tibet by Communist China and voicing for the freedom of Tibet.
Along with the 64th Tibetan National Uprising Day, Tibet Support Groups in India also commemorated the 64th Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day on 12th March. BTSS members led by Smt. Sandhya Singh, National General Secretary, Women’s Wing and BTSM members led by Shri Pankaj Goyal, General Secretary participated in the program at Jantar Mantar organised by Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Delhi. ITFS Rajasthan Women’s Wing led by President Smt. Resham Bala commemorated the day in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
-Reported by ITCO