DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan political leader Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay today congratulated India on its 67th Republic Day celebration.The brief ceremony to celebrate the occasion was held at the Kashag secretariat, attended by Kalons, Secretaries and senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Hoisting the Indian national flag, Sikyong greeted the people of India and said “Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, either in spirit or in person, joins in the celebration to mark the 67th anniversary of India’s Republic Day.”
Sikyong also expressed gratitude to the state and central government of India for extending continued support to the Tibetan people and for hosting Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “Incredible India has been a kind host to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan Administration and the largest population of Tibetans in exile. So, on behalf of all the Tibetans, I wish India and the Indian government our very best wishes,” he said, adding, no country has done more for Tibet than India.
Speaking on India’s freedom movement, Sikyong described the non-violent movement led by Mahatma Gandhi as the role model from which Tibetans derive inspiration for its peaceful and non-violent struggle for Tibetan freedom. “India has changed the course of history by showing that war and violence is not necessary to regain freedom and independence,” he added.
Sikyong also welcomed the visit of President Francois Hollande of France who is the Chief Guest at the grand Republic day parade at New Delhi.
Following the brief ceremony at Kashag, Sikyong took part in the official ceremony organised by the local Indian administration of Kangra district at the police ground in lower Dharamshala.
Sikyong, accompanied by Shri Kaul Singh Thakur, health minister of Himachal Pradesh, first visited the war memorial and laid a wreath in honour of Indian soldiers who have been martyred. Sikyong then proceeded to attend the ceremony at police ground, where a parade and cultural performances were held to celebrate the occasion.