Tibetan activist concludes four-month ‘Walking the Himalayas’ campaign in Dharamsala


By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, December 22: Tibetan activist and poet Tenzin Tsundue arrived in Dharamshala on Tuesday after completing his four-month campaign in which he traveled through five Himalayan Indian states in 127 days using local transport and through remote areas of the across the border. “” Walking the Himalayas “is my travel plan to explore the Indian Himalayas in order to raise awareness of the 70 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet and its impact on the Indian Himalayas, as well as of China’s growing threats to the India’s security, ”the activist said in Wednesday’s press release.

Known for his poems which thematically revolve around freedom and nostalgia for his homeland, the activist from Rangzen (independence) made the trip from August to December of this year to speak to communities large and small and screen the film ” The Dalai Lama’s Great Escape ‘to Indian Audiences. The 46-year-old screened the film at McLeod Ganj’s Club House to local Indians and Tibetans, where he urged audiences to actively engage in public discourse to counter Chinese advances at the border.

From L to R- Tsundue with two local Tibetans and Tenzin Oesel who accompanied him during the initial phase of the campaign in Jangthang Nyoma near the Into-Tibetan border in Ladakh (Photo Phayul / Tenzin Leckphel)

“Although the Indian government and military are doing whatever is necessary, I observed during this trip that ordinary people in the border areas are little or unaware of China’s expansionist policies and current activities in China. across borders, ”he added. His campaign was aimed at meeting the public and educating them about the cultural heritage that Tibetans and the people of the Himalayas shared before China invaded Tibet.

“There are tens of thousands of people in the Indian Himalayas who were once subjects of Tibet and they say there are many more inside Tibet who once lived in the Indian Himalayas. There was a partition nobody talks about in the cut Himalayas, ”the press release detailed its observations on the trip.

Tsundue traveled more than 20,000 km traveling through different parts of India and documented the campaign on his social media accounts illustrated with pictures. He further urged the local community of Dharamshala, as he has done throughout his campaign, to designate the border as Indo-Tibet instead of Indochinese border, citing the great cultural lineage between the two diverse civilizations. The Tibetan poet has been on the Indian police‘s ‘troublemaker’ list for years due to his shocking and frightening style of activism over the years, and is often under house arrest when he receives visits from officials Chinese in India.