Published By Jamphel Shonu

Dharamsala: The Central Tibetan Administration will organize a public event at the Tsuglagkhang temple on March 31 this year to thank India.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has graciously consented to grace the event. His Holiness will be joined by other dignitaries and guests at the event which will celebrate Tibetan culture, and spirit that thrives on the Indian soil.

March 31, 2018 marks the beginning of the 60th year, since His Holiness the Dalai Lama stepped on the sacred land of India.

CTA President Dr Losang Sangay said that Tibet is inextricably linked to India through geography, history, culture, and spiritually, Tibetans refer to India as ‘Gyagar Phagpay Yul’ or-India the land of Aryas.’

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls India the ‘Guru’ and Tibet its ‘Chela’ and refers to himself the ‘Son of India’ and a true follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He continues to advocate the revival of India’s ancient wisdom based on the Nalanda tradition. 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,” emphasized Dr Sangay.

President further stressed that the Tibetan struggle is ‘Made in India’ and said that ‘the success of the Tibetan struggle will be India’s success story.’

The Organizing Committee’s Chair and DIIR’s International Relations Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo said that India has not only been a second home for Tibetan people but have provided profound support for the Tibetan struggle. “Therefore with the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and under the leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetan people across the globe are observing the year 2018 as a Thank You India Year,” said Sonam Norbu Dagpo.

“A series of Pan-India events spanning 12 months both on the physical and virtual space will publicly express gratitude to the government and people of India, for ensuring the success of the efforts of Tibetan people: promoting its rich ancient culture and unique identity, assuring the viability and sustainability of Tibetan leadership and Tibetan communities, and leading the Tibetan struggle through steadfast commitment to non-violence and dialogue,” said Committee’s Vice Chair and DIIR’s Information Secretary (equivalent) Dhardon Sharling.

The ‘Thank You India’ public event will begin at 10 am on March 31 and will kick start a yearlong pan-India ‘Thank You India’ events.

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