Tibetan students clean campus, say ‘Thank you India’

May 31st, 2008 - 9:19 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) In a gesture of gratitude to the Indian government and its people for their continued support, more than 200 Tibetan students from across the country cleaned the Delhi University (DU) campus Saturday. They plan to celebrate Sunday as Thank You India day. “Cleaning the DU campus or celebrating Thank you India day is our way of showing gratitude to the Indian government and to the Indian people for their support (to the Tibetan community),” Tenzing, a member of the All India Tibetan College Students Mass Movement, told IANS here Saturday.

Nearly 250 Tibetan students from 14 places in India - including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Delhi - have have been camping here since May 19.

Although most students didn’t know each other before they met in the capital, they got in touch through common friends and the Internet - a tool they used to the hilt to mobilize support.

“The main aim of our protest is to ask the Chinese government to come forward for concrete talks with the Dalai Lama. Although we arrived in Delhi more than a month back, we have been protesting since May 19 and will continue till June 2,” said Norbu Dolma, a member of the movement and a student of Osmania university in Hyderabad.

“However, on the last few days of our protest we have decided to thank the Indian government for supporting the Tibetan community,” she added.

The student’s movement, which has been protesting at the Jantar Mantar, also held peace marches, staged street plays and organised cycle rallies.

“We will distribute laddoos (sweets) to the Indian people at nine key spots in Delhi tomorrow (Sunday). After that we will go on a candle light march from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar,” Dolma added.

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