DHARAMSALA, 24 Sept: Three Tibetans undertook peace march for Tibet from Manali to Delhi on Wednesday.
Tsering Dhondup, 47, Tsering Wangdue, 45, and Chungdak, 65 have voluntarily initiated the 530 Km march and left Manali on early Wednesday morning demanding the Chinese government to allow His Holiness the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.
The two other demands of the marchers include calling on China to hold dialogue with the Dalai Lama or the Central Tibetan Administration through the Middle way Approach and the immediate and unconditional release of the 11th Panchen Lama and all Tibetan political prisoners.
So far, nine rounds of talks were held between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and representatives of China’s United Front Work Department since 2002.
During the course of nine rounds of Sino-Tibetan talks, the Tibetan side had presented to the Chinese leadership a Memorandum and Note seeking genuine autonomy for Tibet as enshrined in the Chinese constitution and Law on Regional National Autonomy.
The ninth and the last round of talks was held in 2010 and in 2012, the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama resigned from their positions citing overall deteriorating situation inside Tibet and “lack of willingness and sincerity” from the Chinese side.
During the course of the march that will last for a month, the Tibetan activists have said that they will spread awareness on the Tibet and the Tibetan issue.
The trio will march for 30-40 Kms per day and are expected to reach Delhi on 22 Oct where they will conclude their peace march by staging a peaceful protest in front of the Chinese consulate in the Indian capital.
Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile has commended the Tibetan activists.
“Thank you all three of you and please be safe. I’m happy to see the individual initiated campaigns that have become prevalent across the world by Tibetans has begun in India. Bodh gyalo(victory to Tibet),” she said in her Facebook post.
Lately, there has been a surge in the individual-initiated campaign by Tibetans in Canada, UK, US, Australia, and Europe where they took up to peace march, Cycle rally and Marathon.