Dharamsala: Gyalo Thondup, former Kalon Tripa and the elder brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Kashag secretariat on Tuesday, 3 October. He met with CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay and other members of the 15th Kashag.
The CTA President Dr Sangay expressed his joy over the audience with Gyalo Thondup. Acknowledging his unfaltering effort and service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to the Tibet cause, Dr Sangay conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to Gyalo Thondup and added that his contributions will echo throughout the history of Tibet.
Gyalo Thondup has played a crucial role as a liaison to China and also is a key scholarly figure in the Tibetan diaspora particularly in relations to understanding China and its policies on Tibet.
Addressing the members of the Kashag, Gyalo Thondup iterated the untiring efforts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and voiced the significance of the CTA to work in accordance with the aspirations of His Holiness.
It is crucial, he said, to work towards sustaining the Tibet cause amidst the mounting discords in the world taking the center stage.
Speaking about Sino-India relations vis-à-vis Tibet, Gyalo Thondup highlighted the importance and the need to strengthen the relationship with India and to strive towards gaining India’s understanding and trust. He further added that through a thorough research and internal discussion, it is necessary to consider the global changes taking place in relation to China and to ponder on how to communicate with China. Citing his 36 years of effort to study China, Gyalo Thondup humbly explained he still continue to do so.
With an unwavering determination to contribute to the Tibet cause, Gyalo Thoundup at 89 asked the Kashag how could he be of service to the Kashag, the Tibet cause and to his people.