'Non-Violent Action For Tibet' Workshop
(July 9-15, 2002. Rabangla. Sikkim)

'An Outsider's Point of View' by Sethu Das

Day Five (Saturday. July 13, 2002): Sethu Das' talk on 'An Outsider's Point of View' went on well. It was received with lot of seriousness. He concluded his talk by giving few tips on what each individuals can do from remote places like Rabangla. One of them was boycotting the 'Made in China' products in the settlement. Some even volunteered and pledged that they'd never buy, sell or use Chinese goods from today. The talk went on till 11am.

After tea, we all went to the pillar site to clear the remaining ground. Few volunteers worked on the pillar on the afternoon while others did the rehearsal for the drama.

Screening of the film, 'A Season Outside' (Dir: Amar Kanwar) had to be cancelled as there was no electricity. So after-tea-session was devoted for a discussion on 'A Force More Powerful.'

Time was spent on discussing and plan the next day's 'Public Meet.' Participants were told for the first time that they would speak to the public tomorrow. They were surprised, but the moment the work distribution started, they all got involved, taking notes on different issues they would speak to their camp. They have to visit seven camps and the handicraft centre. Topics were distributed, groups were made.

Karma Yeshi la then explained the participants how the red paint was made with a little bit of Blood Donation from the participants and trainers. Karma la made it clear that the blood donation is on voluntary basis. When we lined up outside the Settlement Health Centre, everyone came forward and donated blood to be added to red paint for the 'Martyr Pillar.'

Our Turn: Planning today's public meet

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List of Participants (Rabangla): Tsewang Paljor, Tsering Wangyal, Rinchen Dolma, Tsewang Choedon, Tsering Yangchen, Sonam Lhamo, Tsering Youdon, Bhuchung Tsering, Ugyen Tenzin, Lhakpa Bhuti, Dikyi, Karma Yangdol, Migmar Dolma, Pema Wangyal, Rinzin Khando, Tsering Tashi, Tsering Phuntsok, Lodoe Nangpa, Sonam Tsering, Youton Gyatso, Nyima Tsering, Youten Gyatso, Nyima Tsering, Tsechae Lhamo, Dolma Tsering, Thinley Youdon, Tsomo, Sonam Tharhyal, Nima Tsering, Kalsang Choedon and Woesel Lhamo.