By Tenzin Sangmo
Wangdue Phuntsok (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
New Delhi, August 1 - The six hunger strikers in the Indian Capital are low on health but high on grit and determination. As they enter Day 5 of the TYC organized fast without food and water, physical limitations are a looming threat.
A weak Tenpa Darge, 25 from Sera Je, Jhadrel Khangtsen told Phayul, "My pain and sacrifices are microscopic in the face of those suffering inside Tibet. The larger problem faced by Tibetans make an individual such as myself unimportant. We stand for a greater cause and I consider my effort minute."
Wangdue Phuntsok, 31 unlike his fellow compatriots has a wife and an eight month old child waiting for him. His failing health poses a challenge to him and a great cause of worry to his family.
The six Tibetans are now walking a thin line with severe weight loss, drop in blood pressure (BP), diminishing pulse rate and higher risks of heart ailments. They have on an average lost nine kilograms since the beginning of the indefinite fast. Daily medical records are maintained by the TYC with the help of visiting Tibetan nurses and a doctor. A twenty four hour watch is also kept by executive members of the organization with the President and Vice President spending nights at Jantar Mantar.
There is a strong possibility of intervention from the Indian authorities to put an end to the campaign, which though peaceful is self destructive.
Vice President Dhondup Dorjee said the Indian Government had yesterday deployed some hundred police officials from the Rapid Task Force for strict vigilance. He fears that as the hunger strike enters its critical stage, authorities will be quick to put an end to it.
Talking about their direct action campaign scheduled to begin from August 7 against the Beijing Olympics he said, "Our regional executives and members are going to stream in the next couple of days and though not definite of an exact figure yet, we expect huge participation from all over. The mass mobilization will be generated and launched on the eve of the Beijing Games with powerful and effective non-violent actions."
TYC has already led protests and submitted memorandums to major Indian and international offices in the past few days. The 130 support hunger strikers from Bylakuppe and Mundgod in South India have been distributing flyers and pasting posters around well known areas of the City as well as protesting at the United Nations Information Centre, participating in candle light vigils and chanting sutras at the venue of the hunger strike.