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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dharamsala belongs to them!!!

DHARAMSALA - The seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and now SFT India too!
So yesterday I walked down to the Tsuklakhang crossroads and took a left turn onto the steep, steep road that leads to Exile House. The road is actually not much bigger than a footpath, but it's called a 'road' because the reckless cabbies of Dharamsala ply their cabs up and down this path at 100 km/hour as if they're on the highway to... hell. Any way, so I walked down that path/road to the ground floor of Exile House and knocked on a door that sported a small but highly visible SFT sticker. The door opened and I saw the familiar face of Choeying, SFT India's National Coordinator. Choeying and I chatted for a long time - there was much to talk about. SFT India has been coordinating a freakish streak of events in the past year, including their powerful street theater on Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, the hugely successful Rangzen Concert on March 10th, and most recently, the modest but super cool film event aimed at bringing progressive, art house cinema to small town Dharamsala audience. Although the office was just recently set up, it boasted a new computer set - this computer will soon receive many, many deadly viruses from the Chinese government-hired hackers - and a painting of March 10th by SFT's in-house painter and Bob Marley fanatic Jamyang.

Around seven in the evening, SFT India's unofficial board members all converged upon the small but neatly arranged office room. In the kitchen there were Yungdrung (former TYC hunger striker) and Tenzin Tsering (a young and enthusiastic volunteer) stoking the fire and stirring the dal. In the main office room, there were Jamyang, Choeying, Karma Sichoe (also former hunger striker and a thangka painter), Jhangchub (a brilliant rebel with a sweet tooth for art films) and Tsundue (who needs no introduction). Hearing them out on what latest adventures they've been upto, what we should be doing to accelerate the fight for Rangzen, and what they want to do in the coming year or two, it became clear to me that this tight group of shabbily-dressed youngsters will change this town... and a lot more. They will give China one hell of a headache!


  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger natdefreitas said…

    Wow. Thanks for the inspiring dispatch from abroad. I can't wait to visit SFT's new home in India!

  • At 7:02 PM, Blogger cold mtn said…

    tendor, talked to Tenzin Bhuti from Northampton SFT chapter - said she ran into you in Delhi! And we ran into Dawa Dorjee on the street in Bern. It's a small world but even smaller when we're travelin' around, puttin' ourselves out there. Good to read your dispatch bro.

  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger Nicole said…

    Nice to see the hill (mountain??) where SFT is located.

  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger kate said…

    so, this is my first time posting a blog message ever...after much prompting from Lhadon. Acutally I have been checking the postings on a regular basis and I guess now is the time to take the big plunge and post something. Tendor's posting was great because I'm up here in Canada working in the SFT Canada office (which is actually a renovated garage in the back of the house), so it's really to cool to hear how things are going in the Exile House.
    The Chinese government thought they had something to worry with 4 staff and an office in NY, well now we've got national coordinators and offices opening up all around the world!

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger tenzing said…

    tendor..tell HI to everyone there in dhasa from me..
    have a great time at the 1001 vegeterinian restaurants out there!!!


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