Tenzin Tsundue talking with Indians by the side of the road, sharing pamphlet.

Day 12 – 23 February 2021

How do you talk to a stranger on a roadside and manage in 15 seconds with your carefully chosen words and win over a new audience to your politics and do that in a series of several hundred people in 6 hours, covering a stretch of 20 kilometers on an average for one month? Tough call? Besides bearing the national flag, speaking a common language, and being your patient best what it takes to convince someone to take your propaganda leaflets is a sense of humor.

Consider this conversation in a small group of tractor mechanics:
Singhu border ja rahe ho kya, Tiranga leyke? (Are you going to the Delhi border to join the farmers’ protest?)
Hum Tibbati hai, Dalai Lama Admi hai. Pata Dalai Lama? (We are Tibetans, followers of the Dalai Lama, do you know him?)
Ek jhanda hum ko dude. (Give a flag pointing at the Indian national
flag)
Arrey China ne hamara desh, tibbat ko kabza kiya ab woh India ke upar davao dal raven hain. (China occupied my country Tibet and now China is putting pressure on India.)
Sala, China harami hai. Kaat dena chahiyeh. (Bloody China, we should cut them up)
par kaun si party se ho tum? (But which party do you belong to?)
Hum refugees hain. Hum Delhi tak pedal ja rahe hain. (We are refugees. I am walking all the way to Delhi.)
Paidal? Raath ko kahan teherte ho? (Walking? Where do you stay at night?)
Gurdwara zindabad hai ji. (Thanks to the gurudwaras.)

Handing over my pamphlets I say,
eh lo Ji, pad lena. (Please take this and read it).
Par jhanda demo (but leave the flag for me.)

Now that I have attracted enough audience I raised the most patriotic slogans Bharat Mata ki and everybody responded in unison Jai.

Then I left. It’s a split-second maneuvering in a short conversation and you deal with strangers engaged in the most mundane things in life on the roadside like getting off a bike, buying vegetables, bargaining, having chai, cutting, welding, driving, shaving, loading, hammering, shopping, eating.

Today I walked 23 kilometers and reached Kharar via Kurali. Tomorrow evening I will enter Chandigarh.

This march from Dharamshala to Delhi, 12 February to 10 March 2021, aims to highlight the Tibet issue as the missing link between India and China. I am appealing to the govt of India to #RepealOneChinaPolicy

Help me spread the word. Share, forward and tweet: #RepealOneChinaPolicy #WalkaMileForTibet

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Tenzin Tsundue talking with Indians by the side of the road, sharing pamphlet. Tenzin Tsundue talking with Indians by the side of the road, holding Indian flag.

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