By Tenzin Paljor | ITCO
WARDHA, India, 24 October 2012
National Campaign for Tibetan Supports, an Indian Support Group for Tibet in Wardha, organized a motorcycle rally to show their support for the Tibet cause. More than 50 bikes, with around 100 supporters and Tibetans from Norgyeling Tibetan settlement, started their bike rally from Wardha to Nagpur, which was flagged off by Shri Shekhar Shende, Former Municipal Council Chairman, Wardha and Shri Vijay Athale, Former Zilla Parishad council.
This bike rally was initiated under the banner “Free Tibet, Save India”. It was launched during Dushehra festival, coinciding with 56th Anniversary of Dr. Baba Sahib Ambedkar’s Dharmachakra day at Dishabhumi, Nagpur. More than 15 lakh of Dr.B.R. Ambedkar followers from all over India gathers and meets at Dishabhumi on Dushehra, which was celebrated for three days, from 23-25 October this year.
On reaching Dhammabhumi, an important site where a statue of Lord Buddha was found, the bikers had a flower ceremony to seek the blessing and move for the destination.
The rally bikers on reaching Nagpur were received by Norgyeling Tibetan Settlement Officers and staffs, President of Local Tibetan Assembly, the President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Regional Tibetan Women’s Association. The bikers were received with Tibetan traditional scarf (khatak) to conclude the rally. After the rally the Indian supporters and Tibetans organized a Protest March to the Dishabhumi Tibet stall.
At the stall people from the Tibetan Settlement Office and Tibetan Women’s Association collected signatures for the “Flame of Truth” campaign which concluded in Nagpur a few weeks ago. The India Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO) distributed “Tibet the Fact” leaflets in Hindi, Marathi and English to the people who had gathered.
This is the fifth consecutive year of bike rally which National Campaign for Tibetan Supports in collaboration with India Tibet Coordination Office organized over the years.