By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept. 23: Inspired by fellow Tibetan’s activism in various countries around the world, three Tibetans began their ‘Peace-March’ from Manali in northern India to the Indian capital of New Delhi, covering a distance of 530 kilometers.
Tsering Dhondup,47, Tsering Wangdue, 45, and Chungdak, 65 began the march from Manali in the early hours of Wednesday, coinciding with Lhakar, a day in the week considered auspicious by the Tibetans.
The trio said that their initiative is aimed at spreading awareness on Tibet and its plight as well as to gather global support to promote the return of exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, push for talks between the Tibetan and Chinese sides through the Middle Way Approach and to demand the release of all the incarcerated political prisoners inside Tibet, including and especially the 11th Panchen Lama.
They activists will traverse a distance of 30-40 kms a day and is planning to culminate the march next month on October 22 in front of the Chinese consulate in New Delhi, where they will carry out a peaceful demonstration. The three have refused donations and are funding the expenses of the month-long initiative on their own.
“We cannot effort to sit idle when the situation of Tibet is worsening. Even at my age, I don’t have the liberty, we just cannot sit idle. We will march on with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in our hearts,” the oldest member of the group Chungdak said.