DHARAMSHALA: Scores of Tibetan people and supporters in Dharamshala greeted and welcomed members of the Padyatra, a peace-march initiative to mark the 60th year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India, at a reception held this morning.
Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health, CTA, Secretary Sonam Norbu Dapgo, Department of Information and International Relations, Tibetan Settlement Officer Dawa Rinchen and organising members of the Thank you India 2018 greeted the members of the Padyatra with traditional Tibetan scarves. Representatives of NGOs and members of the Tibetan community in Dharamshala joyously welcomed the Padyatris.
Gangkar Tulku Rinpoche, Abbot of Tawang monastery, Shri RK Khrimey, National Convener, Core Group for Tibetan Cause, Mrs Rinchen Dolma, mother of present Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Pema Khandu, Shri Sandesh Meshram aka Samten Yeshi, Nagpur, Guru Tulku Rinpoche, former head abbot of Tawang monastery and Lhundup Choesang, Chairman of Tawang Core Committee members were among the leaders of the padyatra.
Officials and representatives of Tibetan NGOs are hosting a series of felicitation for the members of the Padyatra.
The padyatra to mark the 60th year of His Holiness’ arrival in India kicked off in Arunachal Pradesh on 17 March from Chuthangmo, the point of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival into India in 1959.
The march was organised by the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India, in collaboration with the people of Tawang and West Kameng district along with the monasteries and NGOs in the region.
Over 47 people from Tawang and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and India-Tibet Coordination Office participated in the padyatra.
The first leg of the Padyatra from Chuthangmo, Tawang to Tezpur was led by around 200 local people from villages and towns across Tawang and neighboring regions.