Tibetan bike rally against Chinese government reaches Manipal2 min read
Manipal: Sixteen volunteers from Camp No.8 of the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mungod, Karnataka, held a meeting at Hotel Varsha in Manipal on April 18. The meeting was part of their bike rally to support the cause of their brethren in Tibet against the rule of the Chinese government.
Travelling over 1,300 kilometres across the state in seven days, they have been visiting various towns within Karnataka in order to spread awareness about Tibet and the reasons behind the recent acts of self-immolation by Jamphel Yeshi in New Delhi and other young Tibetans in Tibet. The group, who has completed the second leg of their journey, arrived at their pit stop in Manipal after visiting Mangalore and Udupi.
On asking why the bike rally was held in the student town, a member of the camp Tenzin Dachen told TMJ, “We want to motivate and encourage the youngsters, set an example. Hearing what’s happening in Tibet would motivate them to study harder and help the Tibetan community. After all, knowledge is power.”
Dachen also spoke of the extreme measures taken by the Delhi Police during the Chinese President’s visit to India wherein not just protestors or uninvolved Tibetans but also people from north eastern states were placed under house arrest because they couldn’t differentiate them.
Two members from the peaceful group addressed the students from the Manipal Tibetan Students Association (MTSA) who had gathered at the venue. They explained how continuous violation of their basic human rights like freedom of speech and religious freedom by the Chinese authorities have resulted in Tibetans taking extreme measures so as to have their voices heard.
The volunteers later distributed pamphlets with their list of demands for the Chinese government, urging the government to take the situation seriously and address the grievances fairly. Following the speeches, the students asked the volunteers questions, ranging from the difficulties they faced on their journey to their opinion on self-immolation.
“We can speak about our country, our nation, to our friend. They have lived here for 50 years but a few don’t know that China took over Tibet in 1959. Then they can tell another friend and spread the message.” said Tenzin Norzom, a fourth year student from Manipal College of Nursing (MCON).
President of MTSA, Tenzin Chonden, spoke of the peace march they hold to observe the Tibetan Uprising Day, “Usually we do the peace march on March 10, a day when many people died in Tibet. To remember them, in their memory we do it. We try to spare the time, as we don’t have much time being students. Most of us know about the whole issue, and through this, more will.”
The bike rally from here, will head towards Karwar in Uttara Kannada district.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman