India / Tibet

Students for a Free Tibet - India is a grassroots network of young activists that non-violently campaigns for Tibetans' fundamental right to political freedom, whilst supporting Tibetan refugees currently living in India, particularly in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka. For more information, visit, or

In September 2010, during a presentation of the Passport poem at the end of a writers' residency at 1.ShanthiRoad Studio-Gallery, Bangalore, Tsering Ngodup of Students for a Free Tibet - Bangalore spoke of the plight of Tibetan students unable to return to their Chinese-occupied homeland and contribute to their community. During my stay in India, I was taken to visit Bylakuppe, a huge Tibetan refugee camp in the Karnataka highlands, with a population of around 400,000 (equivalent to that of Malta). The Passport oem was also presented at the Sahitya Akademi n New Delhi, the Jadavpur and Rabindra-Bharati Universities in Kolkata, the Asha Deepa School for the Visually Impaired (Bangalore), the Sahitya Akademi n Bangalore, and the Bangalore University.