President Dr. Sangay announces year-long events to mark 60 years of the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in India
The President of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Dr Lobsang Sangay officially launched the year-long ‘Thank you India’ campaign today at a press meet at the Press Club of India, New Delhi. This is an important undertaking of CTA and the Tibetan people for the year 2018.
President Dr Sangay said that the year 2018 is significant since March 31, 2018, will mark the beginning of the 60th year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama stepping on the Indian soil. Dr Sangay also said that His Holiness was followed by tens of thousands of Tibetans who escaped to India.
Addressing a press conference here, CTA president Lobsang Sangay today said, “The current year is significant since March 31, 2018, will mark the beginning of the 60th year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama stepping on the Indian soil.”
Giving details of the week-long events that will take place in the national capital, Information Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of CAT Dharon Sharling informed that an inter-faith prayer meeting of leaders of different religious groups led by “His Holiness the Dalai Lama” will take place on March 31 at Rajghat, which will mark the beginning of the year-long “Thank You India” campaign.
This will be followed by a series of events like public meetings, Tibetan cultural performances and food festival in the national capital on successive days. Later all the thematic events will be organised all across the country by Tibetan people.
“Since March 1959, India has been a second home for the Tibetan people and Indians have provided profound support for the Tibetan struggle for the preservation of culture, identity and language. His Holiness refers to India as the ‘Guru’ and Tibet as its ‘Chela’. The Guru-Chela relation between India and Tibet only got strengthened with the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India. Widely referred to as the ‘Son of India’ and a true follower of Mahatma Gandhi, His Holiness continues to advocate the revival of India’s ancient wisdom based on the traditions of Nalanda and the inclusion of Secular ethics – the development of the head and the heart and the instilling the basic human values of love, compassion and altruism, in the modern education system Today, His Holiness is the best ambassador for Indian values of non-violence, ahimsa and inter-religious harmony and the promotion of basic human values: compassion and kindness,” said Dr. Sangay.
Referring to the Tibetan struggle based on the principles of truth, non-violence and justice as ‘Made in India struggle,’ Dr Sangay alluded to the fact that that the success of the Tibetan struggle will both determine and reflect India’s success story. He further added that India has the legitimacy, the privilege and the ability to support, sustain and ensure the success of the Tibetan struggle.
Dr Sangay also said that it is the time that Tibetans publicly express gratitude to the government and people of India and the ‘Thank you India 2018’ campaign is borne out of this endeavour.
The CAT president, however, cautioned New Delhi against China’s deceptive policies and said India should be wary of China’s belligerent attitude.
“To understand the Doklam face-off, you have to look at China’s ‘ right-hand palm and five fingers’ strategy,” he said, adding: “Chinese leader Mao Zedong described Tibet as the right-hand palm while Ladakh, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal and Arunachal Pradesh as five fingers”.
The individual and mass campaigns to mark the yearlong event are as follows:
May 29, 2018 – Pray for India: On the 15th day of Saka Dawa (Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death), Tibetan monasteries and nunneries across India will observe an interfaith prayer meeting titled ‘Pray for India’ where Buddhist monks along with leaders of different religious tradition and faith will pray for India’s success and well-being of the Indian people.
June 5, 2018 – Toward a Green India: On World Environment Day, Tibetans in India will engage in a mass tree plantation drive.
June 21, 2018 – Toward a Healthy India: On International Yoga Day, Tibetans in India will take part in Yoga day events organized by Ministry of Ayush, Government of India.
July 6, 2018 – Feed the Hungry: On the occasion of the 83rd birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetans across India will feed the hungry and the homeless.
October 2, 2018 – Toward a Clean India: On the occasion of the observing of Swachh Bharat day, an initiative of the Indian Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Tibetans in India will initiate a mass cleanliness drive.
December 10, 2018 – Cover the Cold: On the occasion of World Human Rights Day and the 29th anniversary of the conferment of Noble Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetans across India will distribute blankets and warm clothes to the homeless.