Miss Himachal, Purva Rana, speaks to media during a blood signature campaign by Free Tibet activist Dr Mahesh Yadav in Chandigarh, India, on Saturday, September 18, 2010 (Photo/handout)
CHANDIGARH: An ayurvedic doctor who claims to have saved the lives of 38 persons with timely blood donation on Friday supported the campaign of Tibetans for their homeland by smearing the precious drops on a poster of the Chinese president.
Accompanying Dr Mahesh Yadav was Miss Himachal, Purva Rana, lending her support to the issue.
'' Tibet has been under Chinese rule for a long time and I am fighting to free it. I am doing this for India's security and for the sake of humanity. The way Tibetans have been treated is unfair and it is about time they got justice,'' said Yadav.
The beauty queen said, ''I am from Dharamshala and can see how Tibetan people feel shattered by what the Chinese have done. I wanted to help them and that's why I am here.''
At a protest held in Sector 15 on Saturday, Yadav smeared his blood on the poster of Chinese president Hu Jintao as a sign of protest. This is not the first time he has used his blood to agitate.
Miss Himachal, Purva Rana, (L) and Free Tibet activist Dr Mahesh Yadav with Tibetan students during a blood signature campaign for Tibet in Chandigarh, India, on Saturday, September 18, 2010 (Handout photo)
''I have been campaigning for Tibet for nearly 14 years and have made several portraits of freedom fighters from India and abroad with my blood. I have been to almost all the cities in the country and recently finished my protest in Dharamshala. I am follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela and want to do for Tibet what they did for their countries,'' he said. On being asked why he used blood as a sign of protest when Gandhi and Nelson believed in non-violence, he replied, ''I have been part of human rights campaigns for a very long time. I have saved 38 lives by donating blood and am trying to save thousands of lives in Tibet by using my blood to make portraits.''
Tibetan students were also present to extend their support. ''I want to do something for my people in Tibet. They have suffered a lot and I believe this campaign can help them,'' said Tenzin Dolma, a first-year student of computer science from Panjab University.
Phunsook Dorjee, a first-year BA student from the varsity, expressed similar views. ''I am very touched by what Yadav and Rana are doing even though they are not Tibetan. My people require all the help they can get,'' Dorjee said.
A signature campaign for a petition requesting the UN to declare China as a terrorist state was also part of the protest. Yadav and Rana plan on going to Delhi soon.