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Tibetan Homeward Pilgrimage for Truth and Peace

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/04/14; April 14, 2001.]

New Delhi to Mt. Kailash (Gang-Rinpoche) & Mansorovar (Tso-Mapham) Started on April 14, 2001.

We, 60 Tibetan youth from all over India, are undertaking this pilgrimage on foot from New Delhi; the capital of the land of our birth; to Mt Kailash (Ghang Rinpoche) and Mansorovar (Tso Mapham) in the land of our ancestors. This pilgrimage will pass through Ghaziabad, Hapur, Moradabad, Rampur, Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Nanital, Almora, Pithoragarh, Darchu-la and Lipu-la - covering nearly 900 km. The pilgrimage will be concluded with prayers and rituals at Kailash and Mansorovar.

This is NOT a protest march. There are sixty of us in this March including ten women. All of us were born in exile in India. None of us have thus far ever set eyes on Tibet - our ancestral homeland and the country from where our parents fled in 1959 after the Chinese troops violently suppressed the popular revolt against their occupation. From childhood we have dreamed of one day returning to our homeland. We have also dreamed of getting the blessing of Ghang-Rinpoche and Tso-Mapham. We have therefore, decided to undertake this Pilgrimage to Tibet


OBJECTIVES OF THIS PILGRIMAGE:

1. To have a glimpse of our ancestral land and to get the blessing of Mt Kailash and Mansrovar.

2. To spread the message of truth and peace.

3. To inform our Indian brothers and sisters about the fragile and critical environmental situation in Tibet and its impact on the Indian Sub-continent.

4. To thank the people and the Government of India for their unending kindness and generosity at this critical juncture in our history.

5. To see for ourselves the present condition of our fellow Tibetans living in Tibet.

6. To inform people around the world about the yearning of the Tibetan youth in exile to return to their homeland.


OUR MESSAGE & APPEAL:

1. We humbly appeal to all leaders from around the world and most of all the United Nations to prevail on the leaders of the People‚s Republic of China not to politicize this Pilgrimage. We have no intention to foster trouble. And it should be self-evident that we do not pose any threat to the PRC. All we wish to do is to see our homeland; to breathe its pure air; to drink its clean waters; to feel its earth and to be blessed by the heavenly Mt. Kailash!

2. We appeal to the Chinese authorities not to ruin the ecological balance of Tibet through the exploitation of natural resources and dumping of chemical and nuclear waste, bearing in mind that this will have dire consequences on China itself - not to mention other neighboring countries in the region.

3. We also appeal to the Indian Government in particular and to the international community at large to support this pilgrimage.

4. The fact that India and China, representing half of humanity have to keep hundreds of thousands of heavily armed troops across a difficult and extended frontier cannot be in anyone‚s interest. We, therefore, cannot understand why, if not for the sake of Tibetans, then for the sake of larger, long-term global peace and stability, the powerful nations of the world are not paying enough attention to this major threat to world peace. Therefore, we urge that Tibet be declared a ZONE OF PEACE as proposed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Spiritual and Political Leader of Tibet.


LONG LIVE TRUTH. . . LONG LIVE JUSTICE . . . LONG LIVE FREEDOM . . . LONG LIVE PEACE


IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Update one;

60 TYC members from all over India, who are born in exile and had never seen their country are on a pilgrimage on foot to the land of our ancestors from New Delhi to Mt. Kailash(Gang Rinpoche) & Mansorovar (Tso-Mapham) started on April 14, 2001.

Today, they gathered at Rajghat in New Delhi at the Samadhi of Gandhi. There were many Indian brothers and sisters who showed up during the flag off of the pilgrimage march. The leading personalities during the function were Swami Agnivesh, leading human rights activist and international figure, Ms Nirmala Desh Pande, surviving leader of Gandhi Movement, Ladakhi Lama Lobsang , strong supporter of Tibetan issue. Lots of Tibetans showed up during the function to show a solidarity for the 60 Tibetan youths who are on their Homeward pilgrimage for Truth and Peace.

Orgnised by: Tibetan Youth Congress, McLeod Ganj - 176 219, H.P. INDIA Ph: +91-1892-21554 Fax: +91-1892-21849

Contact person on spot: Karma Yeshi (VicePresident)Mobile no: 9810425361; Choekyong Wangchuk (General Secretary); Mobile no: 9811301735; Dechen Tsomo (Finance Secretary); Mobile no: 9811301734

Contact person at the Head office:
Dolma Choepehl (Joint Secretary) Ph: 21554

Note: E-mail: tyc@del2.vsnl.net.in right now the office TYC email is not running perfectly so, you can send all the information or inquires at this account dophelin@yahoo.com, Choekyong@yahoo.com
Website: www.tibetanyouthcongress.org


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