Thursday, 16 November 2006

Tenzin Tsundue

Indian Government Gags Tibetan Activist In Lead Up To Hu Visit
Posted by Matt Browner Hamlin
It’s hard for me to capture the absurdity of what follows. Tenzin Tsundue, famed Tibetan activist in India, has been restricted to within the city limits of Dharamsala and is being guarded by eleven police officers around the clock. He has committed no crime and is under no suspicion of any dangerous activities. Yet the Indian government has declared that he will be deported to Tibet - a country that he has never lived in - if he leaves Dharamsala during the period of Chairman Hu Jintao’s visit to India.
More, including a press release, and the letter from the police, at Tibet will be free.

DesiPundit is also tracking the story. And the Acorn has a POV and some links. As does Amardeep Singh .

The weird bit is—as many of the posts we read have observed—that aside from The Telegraph, Indian media does not seem to have picked up on this yet (only four results when we last checked).

Tsundue says, in his prize-winning 2001 essay (reproduced here) that he is technically not an Indian citizen.
"My Registration Certificate (my stay permit in India) states that I'm a foreigner residing in India and my citizenship is Tibetan. But Tibet as a nation does not feature anywhere on the world political map."
He was born in Manali, studied in Himachal Pradesh, Madras, Ladakh and Mumbai, and has lived here all his life. So, while we are not legal experts by any stretch of the imagination, that should give him some rights, hm?

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