JNU Elections on Halt

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Election is a life line of any university .The recent stay on the elections of Jawaharlal Nehru University raises question on the democratic functioning of these educational intitutions . A radio report by Aqsa Anjum .

Monks Revisited

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Buddhism accords important place to monks within its religious fold. The Buddhists itself are led a monk popularly referred to as Dalai Lama These pictures were taken in the famous monastery of Namgyal in mc leodganj, dharamshala.

Photo Feature: Monis Ahmad

A monk involved in the routine prostration
A monk engrossed in deep thought

A name revered and believed in

Gu-Chu-Sum in exile

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In Dharamsala, Gu-Chu-Sum is a school where ex political prisoners are provided shelter along with their families. Established on 27th March, 1991, the school aims at training them for better livelihood.
Gu-Chu-Sum refers to an important date marking the Lhasa protests of 1980। Through this rehabilitation effort, the ex political prisoners are seeking a better future.

Entrance Display: Gu-Chu-Sum doorway where the people enter.

More Attention: Ex-political Prisoner taking lessons.

Curious to learn: Ex-political Prisoner tries to learn a language from the foreign teacher.

Source of Income: The ex political Prisoners families also earn to live

Photo feature By : Rozy Ibrahim

A People's King

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On November 6, the Bhutanese community in New Delhi came together to celebrate the coronation of the fifth king of Bhutan at the Royal Bhutanese Embassy. The Embassy officials, students and other Bhutanese based in Delhi were involved in various activities through out the day to mark the coronation and centenary celebration. Kinga Dema finds out more through a radio story.

तिब्बती हस्तकला

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तिब्बत बहुत सी कलाओं का केन्द्र रहा है। थांगा पेंटिंग , लकड़ी पर दस्तकारी , पारंपरिक पोशाक बनाना आदि उनमें से कुछ हैं। थांगा पेंटिंग तिब्बत में प्राचीन काल से चली आ रही है। इस पेंटिंग को सूती कपड़े पर बनाया जाता है , इसमे प्राकृतिक रंगों का इस्तेमाल होता है। एक पेंटिंग को पूरा होने में वर्षो का समय लग जाता है, समय पेंटिंग के साइज़ पर निर्भर करता है। लकड़ी पर दस्तकारी भी यहाँ की मुख्य कलाओ में से एक है। डिजाईन को पहले किसी पेपर पर बना लिया जाता है और फिर उसे शीशम की लकडी के ऊपर रख कर लकड़ी पर वो ही डिजाईन बनाया जाता है।
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बुढापा राह का रोड़ा नही अनुभव का परिचय

हस्तशिल्प का नमूना

सिलाई महिलाओ के लिए दायें हाथ का खेल है

दस्तकारी का हुनर

8 महीनो की मेहनत

थांगा पेंटिंग

Save Tibet

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The issue of free tibet is not only alive in the tibetan community in Macleodganj but they feel this is the issues that drives them and brings them together as a community and a nation. Ramashankar Shankar finds out more through a radio story.

Posted By : Ramashanker Pandey

Photo By : Gargi Nim

Economy in Exile

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Any movement needs money to sustain its activities. Same goes with the Tibetan freedom movement. How the economy of the Tibetan government in exile at Dharamshala runs, how money is generated, and how it is channelised to make their movement more proactive? Saurabh Sharma reports through a radio story.

Haath Se Haath Mila

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5 November ,2008 was the day for celebrating secularism and communal harmony by Jamia university along with JNU and DU. Akanksha Kukreti reports the event through a radio story.

नन्ही कलियाँ

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मक्लोड़ गंज में बना तिब्बतन चिल्ड्रेन विलेज घर है, तक़रीबन दो हज़ार तिब्बती बच्चों का, जो यहाँ रहते और पढ़ते भी हैं। इस विलेज में ४३ होम हैं और एक होम में तक़रीबन ३०-४० बच्चें रहते हैं। इस चिल्ड्रेन विलेज को बनाने के पीछे, तिब्बत से आए शरणार्थी बच्चों की देख-भाल और उनके भविष्य को उज्जवल बनाने की सोच है। ये बच्चें बिना माता-पिता और अपने देश से दूर रहते हैं। ज़िन्दगी जीना सभी के लिए आसन तो नहीं है, पर इनके लिए जिंदगी और भी कठिन है। इसी तिब्बत चिल्ड्रेन विलेज का एक हिस्सा है 'लिटिल नोर्वे' इस होम में - वर्ष के बच्चें रहते हैं। ये उम्र वैसे तो माता-पिता की गोद में खेलने की है, पर इनके लिए यह संभव नही है।
फोटो फीचर : गार्गी निम
तिब्बत का भविष्य
हम होंगे कामयाब
एक मुस्कान भविष्य तो एक वर्तमान

हम खुश हैं

चाहत कुछ कर दिखाने की

हम आत्म निर्भर हैं

माँ जैसा प्यार

Beauty in exile

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Sonam Choeden is Miss Tibet 2008. Since 2002, Miss Tibet beauty pageant has become a yearly event in the Tibetan cultural calender. It has attracted both support and criticism. Kunal Majumder probes the minds behind this concept.

Joining Hands for Secularism

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In recent times Jamia Millia Islamia has been on the Media Radar, especially after the controversial Batla House encounter. Recently the University organized an Unbroken Human Chain to show its solidarity towards National Integration and Secularism.A report from Gaurav Kumar and Dipu Shaw.

Away from the grand celebration at home, the Bhutanese community in New Delhi celebrated the coronation of its fifth King. The Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi organized a small celebration ceremony to mark the enthronement of the new King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Though the celebration was a short one, for the many Bhutanese it was a moment of joy. Here is a report from Kapou malakar and Kinley Tshering.

La Traviata is coming to New Delhi

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One of the most famous opera of Guiseppe Verdi, « La Traviata » is coming to New Delhi on 9th and 10th of November. On stage, Indian, Italian and French professional singers will embody the tormented characters of this dramatic piece of opera. Violetta, who suffers from TB is deeply in love with Alfredo, but her father would rather want her to get involved with someone else.
A few years ago, there was no opera in India. Backed by the Neemrana Music Foundation, the show is a much expected event among the Delhites. A radio story by Marie Naudascher
There are still some free tickets available at the Neemrana shop in Khan Market, New Delhi. Hurry up!

Acid Attacks in Delhi

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The Brahmpuri acid attacks now have a face. The sketch of the attacker has been released recently by Delhi Police. Neha Sethi, Nazia Jafri and Sumiran Preet Kaur trace the story.

Exiled Till When?

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By :Moonis Ahmad

The conflict between China and Tibet is centuries old. Time and again there were many debates about China trying to dominate and Tibet feeling oppressed under Chinese supremacy. The question of autonomy and independence for Tibetans still remains unresolved.

For Tibet the struggle doesn’t end there.

The Dalai Lama has sought a departure from his earlier demand for independence from the PRC, People’s Republic of China to a Third Way approach. This attempt which is aimed towards mutual understanding between the two countries, seeks to achieve an amicable solution to the problem. The demand is now for genuine autonomy (division of authority) between Beijing and Lhasa, says Thubten Samphael, the Information Secretary of Department of Information and International Relation, Tibetan Government in exile. “Dalai Lama wants enough political space for the productivity and happiness of our culture. But Chinese on the other hand likes to play the role of an estranged father”.

The story about Tibetan movement has grabbed coverage only on a timely basis. In March this year the whole world witnessed this voice in the form of an uprising. Thubten Samphel adds, “Peaceful protest carried out by the monks of Sera monastery, Lhasa, was simply blown out of proportion. The Chinese planted agents amongst the monks and participated in looting and violence all throughout in March.”

The Tibetans under the leadership of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, have been led spiritually and politically by him after the infamous exile of 1959 from their homeland. The process of talks started in the late 1970s between his holiness and the then Chinese premier Deng Xiaoping.

“The fact finding mission which was sent in 1979 fell flat, as Chinese had to face severe embarrassment,” opines Thubten Samphael. He further adds that in the 80s there were some power shifts happening in the form of Soviet Union disintegration and embarrassing events like Tiananmen Square. The period between 1987-1993 saw Tibetan protests and Chinese crack down.

However, not all Tibetans have one opinion regarding a possible solution for the issue. For some one like Lhasang Tsering, a poet activist, the “Third Way Approach” of Dalai Lama is sheer abdication from their stand and responsibility towards independence. “We can’t simply give up our claim for free Tibet. It is our homeland and Tibetans aspire for it. The leadership of Dalai Lama is essential for sustaining the Tibetan cause. But at the same time we simply can’t compromise on the issue of independence”, he adds.

Similar views are held by Tenzin Tsundue, the famous Tibetan writer who unfurled Tibetan flag during Chinese premier’s visit. He says, “Tibet is for Tibetans. And we must strive for our independence. China by bringing in outside population into the mainland Tibet (Kham, Amdo, and U-tsang) is violating all norms under the guise of development.”

For Tenzin Lekshey, coordinator of India-Tibet coordination office, China is the biggest human rights violator. He is one of the many émigrés who has grown up in his parents’ adopted homeland in India. “The Chinese system is based on hypocrisy and dishonesty. Tibetans don’t respect the Chinese communist party,” he says.

The future of Tibetan movement raises several questions, especially about the impending scenario in the absence of his holiness. According to Thubten Samphael the movement might get more vocal in future. “The Tibetans will then have a critical responsibility to handle the period of gap after his death and pass over the level of maturity to the 15th Dalai Lama.”

Another development which has been brewing up in the form of an undercurrent is a section in Chinese society which doesn’t identify with Chinese nationalism. They are seeking solace in the spiritual heritage of Tibetan Buddhism.

From a central Asian institution, the office of the Dalai Lama has become a global one. As Tenzin Lekshey puts it, Tibetans need semshook (courage and determination) to reach a possible solution to the problem. However the cquestion remains whether they can rely on sustained global support.