'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop
(Sept 30 - Oct 6, 2002. Bhandara, Maharashtra)

Work Begins At The 'Martyr Pillar'

Day 2 (Oct 1, 2002): With four more participants, the total strength grew to 36. There were three observers too. It is encouraging that the participants called more people to attend the workshop.

Tenzin Tsedup la's account of his life in Tibet and other related stories of freedom struggle touched everyone when spoke on 'Freedom Struggle Inside Tibet.' The talk was followed by a question and answer session.

The first Work Session happened today. We chose the place to construct the 'Martyr Pillar.' The work force of more than 30 people went so well that we could finish a good part of the construction. Participants were divided into groups. Women were busy preparing the 'masala,' the mixture of sand, cement and stones. Some had already made the base and started working on the pillar. Lunch was delayed.

In the afternoon, we collected the opinions about three issues -- What the organisations in exile, the exile government and individuals can do for the Tibetan freedom struggle. Suggestions and opinions came from the three groups we formed for the discussion. Later we discussed the film 'Gandhi'.

After my introduction, two parts of the documentary 'A Force More Powerful: A Century Of Non-Violent Conflict' was screened.

Bo Rangzen!

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7

List of Participants (Maharashtra): Tsering Wangdue, Tashi Wangdue, Pema Damdul, Tsering Choephel, Tenzin Dhargyal, Tamdin, Dolkar Lhamo, Tsering Norzom, Pempa Dolma, Tsomo, Ngawang, Pema Dorjee, Rhipak Palden, Kalsang Thinley, Kusang, Sonam Choedom, Lhamo Norzo, Tsering Lhadon, Lhamo, Pempa Chokpa, Tsering Dolma, Sonam Palzom, Ngawang, Tsering Phuntsok, Jampa Phuntsok, Lhakpa Dolma, Tsering Wangmo, Kusang Dochen, Tenzin Passang, Pema Rinchen, Tenzin Kunga, Rinzin Namgyal, Tenzin L, Choe Gyaltsen and Sonam Tsering.