Tibetan ‘Flame of Truth’ reaches MumbaiSeptember 18th, 2012 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 18 (IANS) The ‘Flame of Truth’ relay torch, launched by the Tibetan parliament-in-exile to support the cause of Tibetan independence from Chinese rule, reached here from Pune on its journey across the world, a spokesperson said here Tuesday.
The torch - one of three on world tours from different places - has been kept at the Tibetan Buddhist Temple in south Mumbai and will be unveiled before the media and Tibetans living in the city later Tuesday, the spokesperson said. After a week in Mumbai, it will go on its next leg to Nashik and then to south India.
The torches were launched July 6, the birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama and will travel across the world till Dec 10.
“Since 2008, the Chinese authorities have cracked down hard on Tibetans living inside Tibet, leading to numerous deaths and countless tortures. The situation is getting worse each day,” the spokesperson told IANS.
Consequently, many Tibetans have been immolating themselves, demanding a peaceful resolution of the issue, seeking the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and to draw the attention of the world community to the situation in their country which is described as “hell on earth”, the spokesperson added.
The triple-torch relay includes two in India and one in north America which started Sep 2, the Tibetan Democracy Day.
On Dec 10, one torch will be handed over to the United Nations Information Office in New Delhi, the second will be handed over to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and the third to the UN headquarters in New York.
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