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

Martyr Pillar in Progress

Day 4 (Oct 3, 2002): Today it was my turn to speak in the morning. My talk on 'Individual As An Activist' was followed by a question and answer session. After the talk I invited the people to contribute more in exile giving examples of incidents I had in Tibet and my experience back in India as an activist. I shared some experiences which went into building myself into an activist that I am trying to become.

In the after-tea session, the remaining parts of the documentary, 'A Force More Powerful: A Century Of Non-Violent Conflict' (Dir: Steve York). Since majority of the people didn't understand English, I had given an introduction to the film and later a summery.

After lunch people lined up to donate blood to be mixed up with the paint prepared for the 'Martyr Pillar.' Karma Yeshi la explained everyone that the blood donated is a symbolic gesture to pay respects to the sacrifices made by the Tibetans. Blood donation was on a voluntary basis.

For the second day, both the teams practiced their drama pieces. There are some excitement and curiosity sparks jumping between the two groups trying to guess what play the other one is making.

Donating Blood To Be Mixed With The Red Paint

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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.