Published By Bureau Reporter

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay flanked by Finance Kalon Karma Yeshi (right) and Health Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk (left) at the press conference on 28 March 2018. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

DHARAMSHALA: CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay accompanied by Finance Kalon Karma Yeshi and Health Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk released the ‘Thank you India’ music video at a press conference today at the Kashag Secretariat.

The ‘Thank You India’ music video is performed and produced by artistes of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) to commemorate the 60th year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India and thank India for their hospitality and assistance.

The press conference also saw the launch of three sets of books published by the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR). The books are (1) India and Tibet: Ancient ties-Current bonds, (2) Indo-Tibetan Relations: Shared Heritage, Shared Culture in Tibetan & English and (3) a Photo Journal titled “Kalachakra 2017”.

Responding to questions at the press conference, CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay explained the reasons for organising the ‘Thank You India 2018’, the issue surrounding the Indian government’s recent circular regarding the event and the yearlong events that has been lined up to mark the ‘Thank You India’ campaign.

“The government and people of India have done the most for Tibet. Every year, in all the formal and non-formal events, we Tibetans always say thank you India. I think it’s important that we should also demonstrate our gratitude in deeds,” he said.

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls himself a ‘son of India’. So, we should be saying thank you a lot. Even among friends, family or couples, it’s good to say thank you to your wife, husband, parents or friends from time to time. That will make our lives better. Moreover, our relationship with India is like parent and children. Therefore, we want to thank India,” he explained.

Secretaries of central Tibetan Administration at the press conference. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Regarding the circular issued by the Indian government on the event, Dr Sangay said that the CTA’s stand on India has always been consistent. “Whatever we do, we don’t want to cause inconvenience to our hosts or to the persons who want to meet us. They may have particular reasons as to why these coming months are sensitive. So, we completely understand and respect that. There is no disappointment at all but rather an understanding of the situation,” he said.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay also spoke about the yearlong events lined up as part of the campaign such as a mass tree plantation drive to a support a green India movement, participating in Yoga day events organised by Government of India, distribution of foods to the hungry and homeless, a mass cleanliness drive to observe the Indian government’s Swachh Bharat initiative and distribution of blankets and warm clothes to the homeless in winter.

“The Kalons as well as members of the Tibetan Parliament will visit the various states of India to meet local leaders to say thank you as part of this yearlong campaign,” he said.

Responding to a question about Indo-Tibetan relations and expectations from the Indian government, President Dr Sangay said that there is no change in India’s policy towards Tibet.

“We have been here for over 60 years. The last 60 years has been good and India has been a great host. Hence, our relationship has been like a parent and child. Sometimes, parents have certain situations, which the children have to understand. And we respect that. We have no complaints. Therefore, whatever happens in the next few months, it is for certain that nothing will take place that will be a drastic change from the last 60 years,” he said.

“For the last 60 years, the overall relationship has been very good. India has been a great host and that will remain so. About that, we are very confident,” he said.

Artistes and Director of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) at the press conference. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Acknowledging the growing Chinese pressure on global leaders on the Tibet issue, Dr Sangay said: “Wherever I go, be it Europe, the US, the pressure is increasing.”

“At the same time, there is a buyer’s remorse happening. If you look at Australia, it has leaned towards Asia with China as the pivot a decade or so ago. Now, the ruling party in Australia has proposed a bill, which was passed by the parliament, to prevent foreign interference in domestic affairs and China is the prime target of the bill,” he added.

“So, it’s true that pressure is there in almost all the places I go. There is a different kind of pressure coming. But at the same time, there is a different kind of response too coming from different countries. So, nothing will happen in the next few months that we haven’t seen in the last 60 years,” he explained.

Dr Sangay also talked about China’s strategic encirclement of India known as ‘the string of pearls’ from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma, and Pakistan to Nepal, Bangladesh, and Maldives etc. “The geopolitics of South Asia has been changed after the occupation of Tibet by China. If you want stability in South Asia, Tibet is the test for China and South Asia and the whole world,” he asserted, and declared that India should make Tibet a core issue for India.

Addressing the concerns borne out of the recent circular of the Indian government regarding the event, Dr Sangay said: “As I have stated in the parliament, I visited Delhi to meet the officials as soon as it happened.”

“During the meetings, we had an in-depth discussion. So, I can clearly say that there is no structural departure from past policy on Tibet or His Holiness the Dalai Lama as far as the Indian government is concerned,” he stated.

“We are confident that the official event on 31 March will be a grand success. So, there is no need to worry. India’s position on Tibet is unchanged,” he added.

धन्यवाद भारत
निर्वासन में साठ वर्ष
sixty years in exile
जिस देश से संसार को, है ज्ञान का प्रकाश मिला।
वेद और पुराणों में जहां, सत्य का सुमन खिला।
यह देश जो संसार का उत्कर्ष है,
ऐसा देश जो पूरे विश्व में भारतवर्ष है।
कोटि नमन भारत तुझे, कोटि नमन कोटि नमन।
शिष्य तिब्बत है भारत का, करता है कोटि नमन।
तेरी ही गोदी में पला है, शिष्य तेरा है चमन।
तेरे भरोसे हम जिए हैं, ऐ मेरे भारतवर्ष।
रखवाला है तू सभ्यता का, बचाई है संसार की छत।
हिमालय की विशालता सा, हर कला में प्रवीण है।
भारत तिब्बत का मिलन, सदियों से प्राचीन है।
धर्म, दर्शन, संस्कृति,भाषा सबका एक चित्र है।
ये मिलन अनमोल, बेमिसाल और विचित्र है।
ब्रह्मी लिपि,अमरकोश काव्य से ही, हमने था संवाद किया,
सरस्वती, चन्द्रव्याकरण से बुद्ध वचनों का अनुवाद किया।
विक्रमशिला और नालंदा जैसे विद्या मंदिरों मे,
शन्तारक्षीत,कमलशील और अतीश के सानिध्य में,
हज़ारों अनुवादकों की कर्म भूमि है तिब्बत।
प्रणाम करते हैं भारत तूझे, कोटि कोटि शतम् शत।
साहित्य, सभ्यता का मिलन करवाया जिन अनुवादकों ने,
मानवता का दिग्दर्शन करवाया जिन जिन साधकों ने,
इस धरती पर जिन्होंने खींचा, मानवता का चित्र है।
भारत तिब्बत का मिलन, बेमिसाल और विचित्र है।
ये देश जो संसार का उत्कर्ष है।
ऐसा देश जो पूरे विश्व में भारतवर्ष है।
कोटि नमन भारत तुझे, कोटि नमन कोटि नमन।
धन्यवाद भारत है तेरा, THANK YOU INDIA LOVE YOU INDIA
भारत वसुधा को कुटुम्भ है कहता, और शांति का प्रतीक है।
है शस्त्र, शास्त्र में पारंगत- साथ ही निर्भीक है।
तिब्बत की भूमि का था, जब चीन ने हरण किया,
तब गुरु ने आगे बढ़कर, शिष्य को शरण दिया।
है सच्चा रक्षक मानवता का, जिसका हमने वरण किया।
हमारी सभ्यता संस्कृति की और जीवन ज्ञान की,
रक्षा की तूने हमारी और हमको पहचान दी।
बच्चों की शिक्षा की सूविधाएं हैं, और विद्यालय,
धर्म, दर्शन, संस्कृति की रक्षा हेतु खोले यहां विश्व विद्यालय।
सरल जीविका के साधन, सहज ही उपलब्ध है।
देव भूमि में बिताए कुशल साठ वर्ष है,
कैसे धन्य कहूँ भारत, मिलते नहीं मुझे शब्द हैं,
हुँ धन्य भारतवासियों का ऋणी और कृतज्ञ हूँ।
तुम्हारे हृदय की विशालता, समर्थता से मैं विज्ञ हूँ।
यह सुन्दर देश जो, संसार का उत्कर्ष है,
ऐसा देश पूरे विश्व में, एक भारत वर्ष है।
कोटि नमन भारत तुझे, कोटि नमन कोटि नमन।
धन्यवाद भारत है तेरा,THANK YOU INDIA LOVE YOU INDIA
शतम् शत प्रणाम शत शत शतम् शत प्रणाम है।
शतम् शत प्रणाम भारत शतम् शत प्रणाम है।

Thank You India, the land of Aryas

The sacred treasure of knowledge

that brightens the whole world

The ancient accomplished scholars

that enlightens and enhances the real beauty

This is none other than the great India

The true and earnest chelas

People from the land of snows

Offer profound salutations

for the kindness and benevolence

of its noble teacher, the great India

India, you have nurtured us with your profound love and care

You have helped us protect and promote our identity, our unique culture

Dear India, you have blessed us with a second life

Land, surrounded by chains of snowcapped mountains

And, the great land of rich ancient knowledge

Cherishing thousand years of treasured bonds

With shared culture, knowledge and script

Both bright and beautiful

This is Guru India and Chela Tibet

Numerous scholar translators of Tibet

Composed scripts and grammar

Translated teachings and made commentaries on the great works of Buddha

Studied under the accomplished scholars of Nalanda and Vikramashila

People of the snow land with gifted scholar translators

Extend its heartfelt gratitude and respect

Thanks to the excellent efforts of the translators

India & Tibet could transmit and flourish

The ancient thoughts and studies of Nalanda

Bestowed the world with Summum Bonnum of Humanity

Tribute to the ancient ties and current bonds of the land of aryas and land of snow

India, you are the unifying force and mother of peace

You excel with no fear to act in peaceful as well as aggressive situations

The peaceful and spiritual land annexed

and invaded by the People’s Liberation Army of China

However, it is India that sheltered the people of the snowland

Helped survive and sustain its livelihood and promote its culture

India, you have helped maintain our cultural identity

Facilitated us with schools to teach our children

Universities to impart higher traditional learnings

Livelihood to live with happiness and dignity

Lying on your lap for sixty years and beyond

Our feelings of gratitude are deep and strong

Have no words to thank you enough

Thank you very much dear Indian brothers and sisters

We bow to you and your great-heartedness

Beautiful landscape, jewel of the world

Incomparable India, Incredible India

We prostrate to you innumerable times

Thank you the great land of Aryas

Thank you India.











CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay with Finance Kalon Karma Yeshi and Health Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk at the press conference. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

CTA President with Finance Kalon Karma Yeshi and Health Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk at the press conference. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR


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