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ON A MISSION: Tibetan students in Vijayawada on Saturday on their way to Amaravathi from Mangalore. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
ON A MISSION: Tibetan students in Vijayawada on Saturday on their way to Amaravathi from Mangalore. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Staff Reporter

Highlight problems of motherland under foreign occupation

The rally began at Mangalore on December 24Good response from people all the wayRally participants in Vijayawada on Saturday

VIJAYAWADA: A group of Tibetan students, studying at various colleges in Mangalore, have chosen to show love for their motherland in a more effective way. The Kalachakra programme, slated to begin at Amaravathi on January 5, proved to be a golden opportunity to let the world know about the problems of their homeland under foreign occupation. The focus is centred on the need for securing independence to Tibet.

Twenty-five Tibetan students came together and mobilised whatever resources they could to organise a cycle rally with the theme on human rights in their land. Under the banner of Tibetan Students' Association, they set out on their journey from Mangalore on December 24.

Indomitable spirit

Their indomitable spirit goaded them to expose themselves to the vagaries of the weather, pedalling their way into the hearts of thousands of people along the route. Hasan, Bangalore, Vellore, Chennai, Nellore and Ongole - at all these places they got a good response from people. The good wishes of the citizens of the neighbouring country, India, are what these Tibetan youth sought after to push the cause of their land.

Association president Lobsang was happy that their rally evoked a lot of attention from people of both towns and villages all along. "It is aimed at securing independence for our land. We need support from India," Lobsang said, as he led the rally participants in parts of Vijayawada on Saturday. Considering the city as a significant location in coastal Andhra region, they did not want to miss it in their forward movement towards Amaravathi.

Ideal occasion

Nyima, one of the two girls in the team, said that she was honoured to be the part of the rally being taken out for a great cause. Once in Amaravathi, that would be a moment of thrill on seeing the vast multitudes of Buddhists gathered from different parts of the world for Kalachakra empowerment.

That would be the ideal occasion for once again bringing the Tibetan cause to the central focus. "We are refugees in India. This country's support is vital to the Tibetan cause. It has a lot to do with security in the region," Ms. Nyima said. The students are studying B.A., B.Com and other courses in Mangalore colleges.


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