India: Falun Gong Becomes Focus of Attention at the New Delhi International Book Fair

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The New Delhi International Book Fair was held from August 27th to September 4th, 2005. Falun Gong practitioners' exercise demonstration attracted many people to come over and learn about the practice. Some people immediately learned the exercises. Many school principals and teachers invited practitioners to teach the exercises at their schools. After learning the facts, an elderly person expressed the opinion that the evil would not last long and that the people being persecuted would never be supressed.

People learning about Falun Gong Local people learning the Falun Gong exercises
TV station interviews Falun Gong practitioners People learning about Falun Gong

Local practitioners reserved a large display area in the name of the Indian Falun Dafa Association. Practitioners from Sri Lanka came to support the event. The craft items that practitioners carefully made by hand made the display booth look very attractive. Practitioners from Sri Lanka brought paper lotus flowers and woodcarvings of the Falun emblem to decorate the booth.

The booth was divided into two sections: one for exhibiting and selling books and the other for media and educational institutions to pick up informational materials. On one wall, "The Journey of Falun Dafa" posters were displayed. On another wall, a big banner and photos depicting peaceful scenes of group exercises at Mainland China's practice sites before 1999 were exhibited. Photo instructions of the exercises and proclamations received were also shown on this wall. On the third wall, paintings from the collection "Uncompromising Courage" were displayed.

Compared with other publishers' booths, the Falun Gong booth was more spacious and attractive, and the booth attracted many people. When practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, people stopped to watch. Many people wanted to try the exercises themselves, so practitioners taught them. After doing the exercises, the people said that they would look for a local practice site.

Ten practitioners from Sri Lanka and practitioners from Bombay and other Indian cities also came to the book fair. Practitioners toured around the exhibition hall demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises and distributing flyers. During the nine-day book fair, practitioners handed out several thousand flyers in both English and Hindi. This was a good opportunity to let people know about Dafa and clarify the truth. Many people wanted to know why we were offering such a beneficial practice free of charge at a commercial book fair.

Participating practitioners in a group photo

An 80-year-old gentleman, who had heard of the persecution in China, asked to watch the exercise demonstration. He sat down and watched the exercise instruction video. He said that the practice was so peaceful that there must be something wrong with the persecutors' brains.

When he was about to leave, the older gentleman said, "The evil will not last long. The persecuted people will eventually prevail."

When practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, many TV stations conducted interviews with them. A number of school principals and teachers invited practitioners to their schools to teach the exercises.

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