MUNDGOD: Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay, who is on a 6-day visit to south India, met Tibetan college students and members of Tibet support groups in Mysore on Wednesday.
Addressing an event hosted by the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society, Kalon Tripa expressed gratitude to the government and people of India, including Tibet support groups, for their unwavering support for the Tibetan people.
He said the Central Tibetan Administration organised grand celebrations for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 76th birthday this year with an aim to strengthen friendship and cultural ties between the Indian and Tibetan communities.
Later Kalon Tripa met with Tibetans studying at different colleges in Mysore. He urged the Tibetan students to study hard, uphold our moral character, let the Indians know about Tibet’s unique cultural heritage.
Kalon Tripa left Mysore for Doeguling Tibetan settlement in Mundgod via Hubli. He received a grand welcome on his arrival in Hubli as a senior official from the Deputy Commissioner’s office came to receive him at the railway station.
Kalon Tripa began his tour of Mungod settlement with a visit to the Central School for Tibetans (CST). He told the students that they have much better educational facilities than what he used to have during his school days, encouraging them to do their best in their studies.
Interestingly, Kalon Tripa’s visit coincided with a visit of a senior official from the Central Tibetan Schools Administration.
Kalon Tripa addressed a congregation of monks during his visit to Drepung Monastery. He answered questions from the monks on the current situation in Tibet and the efforts being made by the Kashag to revive dialogue with the Chinese government. “We are closely following developments in Tibet and China to formulate our future course of action to resume the dialogue process,” he responded to a question.
Kalon Tripa visited organic farmlands in camp no. 3, 4, and 8 to assess the productivity of the organic farming.
Kalon Tripa later met elderly people at the old age home. He also visited the community health centre.
Kalon Tripa will meet Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar tomorrow (4 August).
Report filed by Jigme Tsering