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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Dalai Lama's nephew to walk from Indiana to Toronto for Tibet

September 15, 2010

Tenzin Tsering
September 14, 2010

"My father settled for nothing less than
independence", says Jigme Norbu, son of late
Taktser Rinpoche and nephew of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Norbu's late father Taktser Rinpoche initiated
several campaigns for Tibetan independence in the
past including several 'walks for Tibet' in
America. Now Norbu is determined to continue his
father's legacy and will begin his cross country
"Walk for Tibet" in October from Indianapolis,
America to Toronto, Canada covering 500 miles of
distance advocating "world peace, human rights and Tibet's independence".

Norbu's father breathed his last on 5 September 2008.

On 10 March 2009, the 50th anniversary of Tibetan
uprising against the Communist Chinese occupation
of Tibet in 1959, Norbu began his "walk for
Tibet" from Indianapolis to New York where he
ended his 900 miles of walk in front of the Chinese consulate.

Norbu has since undertaken 600 miles of "walk for
Tibet" in May this year followed by another walk
from Philadelphia to Washington DC in July.

"My late father stood for and represented
independence for Tibet. He is my inspiration and
motivation to continue to stand up for the six
million Tibetans inside Tibet who have suffered
for over 6 decades under communist China," said
Norbu who has also completed more than 16 bike rides for the Tibetan cause.

Norbu has walked more than 6500 miles spreading
awareness about Tibet and its independence.

His next march set to begin in early October will
take him from Indiana through Ohio and Michigan
of United States of America to Toronto, one of
the largest Tibetan settlements in north America.

Norbu will walk for 28 to 30 miles per day and
the walk will be documented by a local film maker Ole Berton.

Regardless of whether Tibetans agree in
Middle-Way path of autonomy or complete
independence, what is important is taking action,
he said. He said that every Tibetan is entitled
to holding his or her own beliefs.

"We want to send a strong message to our brothers
and sisters inside Tibet today that we are
working hard for rangzen and telling the whole
world the truth about Tibet. We also want to send
a strong message to China that we are not going
anywhere and will continue advocating world
peace,human rights and Tibet's Independence" said Norbu.

"My father fought almost all his life for Tibet's
independence and this is what he would want me to do also," added Norbu.
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