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Doctor, beauty queen support Tibet cause with blood

September 21, 2010

Priyanka Agrawal, TNN,
Times of India
September 19, 2010

CHANDIGARH: An ayurvedic doctor who claims to have saved the lives of
38 persons with timely blood donation on Friday supported the
campaign of Tibetans for their homeland by smearing the precious
drops on a poster of the Chinese president.

Accompanying Dr Mahesh Yadav was Miss Himachal, Purva Rana, lending
her support to the issue.

"Tibet has been under Chinese rule for a long time and I am fighting
to free it. I am doing this for India's security and for the sake of
humanity. The way Tibetans have been treated is unfair and it is
about time they got justice," said Yadav.

The beauty queen said, "I am from Dharamshala and can see how Tibetan
people feel shattered by what the Chinese have done. I wanted to help
them and that's why I am here."

At a protest held in Sector 15 on Saturday, Yadav smeared his blood
on the poster of Chinese president Hu Jintao as a sign of protest.
This is not the first time he has used his blood to agitate.

"I have been campaigning for Tibet for nearly 14 years and have made
several portraits of freedom fighters from India and abroad with my
blood. I have been to almost all the cities in the country and
recently finished my protest in Dharamshala. I am follower of Mahatma
Gandhi and Nelson Mandela and want to do for Tibet what they did for
their countries,'' he said. On being asked why he used blood as a
sign of protest when Gandhi and Nelson believed in non-violence, he
replied, ''I have been part of human rights campaigns for a very long
time. I have saved 38 lives by donating blood and am trying to save
thousands of lives in Tibet by using my blood to make portraits."

Tibetan students were also present to extend their support. "I want
to do something for my people in Tibet. They have suffered a lot and
I believe this campaign can help them," said Tenzin Dolma, a
first-year student of computer science from Panjab University.

Phunsook Dorjee, a first-year BA student from the varsity, expressed
similar views. ''I am very touched by what Yadav and Rana are doing
even though they are not Tibetan. My people require all the help they
can get," Dorjee said.

A signature campaign for a petition requesting the UN to declare
China as a terrorist state was also part of the protest. Yadav and
Rana plan on going to Delhi soon.
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