Dharamshala: The Central Tibetan Administration led by President Dr Lobsang Sangay, celebrated the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at the Kashag Secretariat. This occasion marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an iconic figure of Ahimsa (non-violence) who better known as the father of nation.
The function saw the presence of Kalons, Secretaries and officials of the various departments of CTA.
This day is also recognised as the International Non-Violence Day as per the historic resolution passed by the UN General Assembly commemorating 2 October as the International Non-Violence Day.
The event began with the flag hoisting ceremony by the President while the Indian national anthem was being played at the background.
Addressing the media, the President recalled the non violence resistance movement promoted by Gandhi in his freedom struggle and reestablished CTA’s commitment to follow the same ideology in Tibet’s freedom struggle under there guidance and vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
To honour the occasion, Dr Lobsang Sangay also announced CTA’s initiative towards Swaach Bharat (Clean India) as this year is also marked as the year to Thank India for their generous support to the Tibetans in exile.
“ Our gratitude towards India isn’t merely hollow words, instead we want to show our gratitude through actions” asserted the President while describing the Swaach Bharat initiation of CTA.
Likewise, the President urged all the Tibetans in exile to participate in this sound movement towards clean India.
Following his brief interview, the President Dr Lobsang Sangay along with the Kalons and officials took part in lighting butter lamp in front of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
The gathering then dispersed to participate in the cleaning movement across Dharamshala.