(TibetanReview.net, Mar14, 2015) – Hundreds of Tibetan women, including significant numbers of unformed school children and nuns in their maroon robes, besides foreign supporters, carried out a rally in Dharamshala on Mar 12 to mark the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan women’s uprising against Chinese occupation rule.
An opening function was held before the Martyrs’ Pillar at the Tsuglakhang, the main Buddhist temple in town, with the exile Tibetan administration’s Home Minister, Kalon Dolma Gyari, as the chief guest. A minute’s silence was observed to honour those who had died for the Tibetan cause, followed by the singing of the Tibetan national anthem and the Tibetan women’s uprising anthem. Kalon Dolma Gyari pleaded for unity among the different exile Tibetan NGOs, expressing sadness over reports about disagreement and therefore non-cooperation among Tibetan NGO in marking the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day on Mar 10.
This is seen as a reference to the hardline attitude of some of the NGOs which refused to participate with other NGOs in marking the day in Dharamshala and New York City due to their differences in position on the Tibetan movement. While some support the exile Tibetan administration’s middle way approach of seeking autonomy under Chinese rule, which China has vowed never to grant, others campaign for independence, which the middle way supporters see as being not in accord with the wishes of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.
In India’s capital New Delhi, a function was held by the junction of Jantar Mantar and Parliament Street, with the participation of the women’s wing of Bharat Tibbat Sahayog Manch, a nationwide Indian Tibet support group. The Wing’s President, Mrs Sweta Saini, addressed the gathering of about 100 people, reported voatibetanenglish.com Mar 13.