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Issue No.: 571 | January 2015

World Human Rights Day

This year marks the 25th year of the award of Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. World over this day, the 10th December, is celebrated as World Human Rights Day.

Friends of Tibet, Mumbai Chapter, joined hands with the Tibetan Sweater Sellers Association at Sharada Hall, Dadar, Mumbai to celebrate the occasion. The audience remembered the daily struggle faced by the people inside Tibet and their brave sacrifices. The Day began with a prayer for the longlife of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and a minute of silence was observed to honour Tibetans who sacrificed their lives, many by self-immolation. The National Anthem of Tibet and India was played followed by speeches by eminent personalities who had attended the programme.

S. V. Raju, Editor, Freedom First, was the Chief Guest for the programme. He reminisced how in 1955, during his early years, he raised the issue of PLA occupying Tibet, and is still championing the struggle for freedom for Tibet.

Ajay Agarwal, Tibet author of "India, Tibet, China: The Role Nehru Played” who has a deep understanding of Tibet, its glorious past and current state of political affairs, spoke in Hindi about Independent Tibet, a nation which was never colonised and about the rich heritage before the invasion by modern China. He stressed on the peaceful nature of the nation and how it was neutral in approach during the two World Wars.

C. A. Kallianpur, National Co-ordinator, Friends of Tibet spoke about the importance of Tibet as a free nation and the underlying impact on India’s border security.

Tibetan poet and activist, Shri Tenzin Tsundue spoke in Tibetan highlighting the current situation inside Tibet and also spoke at length about the recent Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. He also talked about the wily ruling methods of the Chinese. He told how the hope is still fresh in the minds of every Tibetan to return to their motherland, and be in Tibet under the leadership of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. He ended his talk by exhorting the Tibetans to do more for Tibet and the ongoing struggle.

The programme also featured cultural programmes including Traditional Dance followed by Tibetan cuisine. Report by Rohit Singh, a Friends of Tibet Campaigner based in Mumbai. He can be reached at:

Freedom First believes in an open society based on minimum government and maximum freedom tempered by a sense of individual responsibility, in which the people’s genius has a fair opportunity to develop and grow; we reject any ideology, movement or policy that sets one group of citizens against another, be it based on caste, class, religion or envy.





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The Late unlamented Planning Commission

The Mint

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Foreign Relations in the 21st Century

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Why China Wants to be a Full Member of SAARC

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The Hisar Seige

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Mamata’s Ire

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Shiv Sena’s Contortions

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The Tibetans’ Struggle for Freedom

Missing the Whole Picture

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World Human Rights Day



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The Jhagada Dals

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Educating Adults

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