By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, Dec 10: Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest Tibetan non-governmental organization in exile launched ‘Bharat Jagran Yatra’ on Dec 10, World Human Rights Day.
TYC kick started its campaign from three different cities across India, McLeod Ganj in North, Salaugara (West Bengal) and Chennai from south India. The Campaign will cover 150 towns and cities across India.
“The campaign is not something new, TYC has conducted such campaign in the past. Through this campaign we aim to gain support from both the Indian people and the Government to our cause,” TYC’s Culture Secretary Tashi Dhondup Dhekhang said as the event was launched in Dharamsala from Mcleod Ganj main square.
“Through Bharat Jagran Yatra we are putting into practice what His Holiness the Dalai Lama advocates, that is to establishing friendly relationship with the people of India, our host,” Tashi Dhondup Dhekhang added.
The campaign from Dharamsala in North india will cover fifty six towns and cities across six different states in India.
TYC’s Information Secretary Tsewang Dolma and Organizational Secretary Penpa Tsering along with Long Time Tibet Supporter Michael R.Hubert, former General Secretary of Friends of Tibet, Tamil Nadu flagged off TYC’s Bharat Jagran Yatra from Chennai in south India.
TYC’s Bharat Jagran Yatra (North East) kicked off today from Salugara West Bengal led by TYC’s Vice President Tamding Hrichoe and Social Service Secretary Tashi Targyal.
The largest Tibetan non-governmental organization’s month long grass root level campaign across India from north, south and north east of India will see the activists travel from village to village, town to town and city to city where at each stop they will organise public rallies, press conferences, distribution of pamphlets, signing of petitions and advocacy works.
Ten lakh documents will be distributed during the course of the TYC’s month long campaign across India in several different languages which include Tibetan, English, Hindi, Bangla and Kannada.
The documents will contain TYC’s appeal and the geological threats caused by China’s rampant damming across Tibetan rivers among others which adversely effect India as a downstream nation.
‘Bharat Jagran Yatra’ will wind up with the submission of the signed petitions to the Indian Parliament and the Central Government of India in New Delhi.