DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration greeted the people of India on their 70th Independence Day at a brief ceremony held at the Kashag secretariat today. The ceremony was attended by members of the Kashag and secretaries and senior officials of all the departments.
Officiating Sikyong, Kalon Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok of Department of Religion and Culture hoisted the Indian National flag, marking the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence. Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay has left for an official visit to Delhi and New York from 11 – 21 August.
“On this special occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India, I would like to convey hearty greetings and many good wishes to all the people of India, especially to the people of Himachal Pradesh, on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people at large,” Kalon said in his greetings.
“On this auspicious occasion, we are extremely grateful to the Indian government and the Indian people for their continued support, understanding and cooperation on the Tibetan issue. We have gone a long way with your kind support. We are keeping still the same spirit of keeping our religion, culture and the cause of Tibet alive. One day, we strongly believe that, with your kind support and cooperation, we will be successful in our pursuit,” he said, extending heartfelt gratitude to the people and the government of India.
He further adds, “India as an exemplary champion of Nonviolent principle and strategy has been such an inspiration to the nonviolent Tibetan struggle for the last fifty years. The Tibetan leadership will continue to follow the path of nonviolence for the peaceful resolution of Tibet-for as long as it takes.”
Following the ceremony, Finance Kalon Mr Karma Yeshi, Health Kalon Mr Choekyong Wangchuk, Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Member of the Tibetan Parliament Lopoen Thupten Gyaltsen, Tibetan Settlement Officer Mr Dawa Rinchen and Secretaries of various departments of Central Tibetan Administration attended the official Independence Day celebrations hosted by the local Indian administrative office at the Police Ground in lower Dharamshala.