New Delhi is currently hosting ‘World Book Fair’ where China is the Guest of honour. Reportedly, one specific stall was seen propagating the ancient meditation practice of ‘Falun Gong or Falun Dafa‘, which has been banned by the Communist country.
As per reports, The ‘Falun Dafa’ Association of India is distributing books on research conducted on effects of the practice in Chinese society over the last few years. The group possess number of members across the country and encourages the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance”.
Three books – “Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China” by David Matas and David Kilgour, “The Slaughter” by Ethan Gutmann and “State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China” by David Matas and Torsten Trey, emphasizes on the life of those Chinese people who were put in jail for their practice.
The organizer told sources that the their aim is to:
“make people aware of the malpractice and human rights violation going on in China by the present Communist party of China.”
“We are promoting these books to stop the persecution in China. Organ harvesting means that people from various countries, including India are going and getting their organs replaced. We would request them to not to go to China there for health tourism and use those organs,” Manisha Chahande, a practitioner told sources.
Mark Luberic, an Australian citizen who has been living in India for the last seven to eight years describes in detail the series of events that took place since the inception of Falun Gong in 1992. He also told sources that how he used hookah and alcohol to d-stress from work pressure but after being introduced to the meditation practice by his friend he gave up all the drugs.
“I came across Falun Dafa at least three times in my life before actually started noticing it. I was looking for something to d-stress and had tried various regimes including Yoga, and gyms before finally taking up meditation practice and I found a remarkable change in my life”
“The practice was banned in China since the year 1999 and all the practitioners were put in jails. It is said that the practice was seen as a threat even though the Communist Party was very supportive of it when it began in the year 1992.
“Many positive articles were written in the media and newspapers about the practice. However, after some time the government wanted to monetize the practice which the founder did not want, resulting in tensions,”
Hence, in 1999 the Chinese government launched a campaign to make the meditation practice illegal in the country.
Source : Business Standard