This week, Tibetan support groups across the globe will be seen celebrating World Tibet Day as spiritual leader Dalai Lama celebrates his 76th birthday on July 6. On the other end of the spectrum, the day also marks the second year of the gruesome Uyghur uprising, which shook Tibet in 2009. In Mumbai, Friends of Tibet, a people’s movement that focuses on political issues of Tibet will commemorate the victims of the uprising. They hope to create awareness by exposing China’s bad record against human rights by observing a candle-light vigil and showcasing a documentary about their struggle.
Says Sethu Das, founder-president of Friends of Tibet (India), “The purpose of celebrating World Tibet Day is to help restore essential freedom for those living in China-occupied Tibet and to bring to light the genocidal threats faced by them. We also wish to celebrate the unique beauty and value of Tibetan culture and thought.”
Talking about the documentary ‘The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom’ that will be screened on Wednesday, Das says, “It is informative and educational to anyone who wants to know more about the ongoing Tibetan struggle. It was screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival in 2010 and was the winner of Silver Conch Award. This is a good opportunity for those Mumbaikars who have not seen it before.”