DHARAMSHALA: CTA’s Thank you India event garnered headlines across the globe in the last three days, attracting solidarity and support at the highest levels.
In addition to print publications like The Washington Post, The Guardian, Times of India, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, The Tribune, The Statesman, The Telegraph, Sunday Guardian, the news was also covered widely by six major TV/web media: NDTV 24*7, Republic TV, India TV, Aaj Tak. WION TV, Euro News.
“Tibetan government-in-exile president of Lobsang Sangay expressed gratitude to the Indian government and people for giving shelter and support to Tibetans for 60 years” read the headline on India Today website.
The websites of the leading newspaper Sunday Guardian ran live pages with headline: ”Tibetans thank India for supporting their cause”.
In just the past three days, reports of Thank you India have appeared in over 60 news websites: Washington Post, Reuters, Japan News, Indian Express, The Star, IANS live, ANI News, Daily Mail, ABC News, Federal News Radio, Times Now, SCMP, The Guardian, NDTC, Times of India, India Times, Hindu, Business Standard, Economic Times, India Today, Hindustan Times, DNA, Indian Express, New Indian Express, Financial Express, First Post, India, Tribune, Statesman, Deccan Herald, Web India, Arunachal Times, Defence Aviation Post, Sunday Guardian Live, Catch News, New Burgh Gazette, Strait Times, Daiji World, Saudi Gazette, Gulf Times, Sacbee, Daily Excelsior, Greater Kashmir, Deccan Herald, Daily Addaa, News World India, Brink Wire, Nyoooz, VOA news and Phayul.
Major news websites in India gave the story top billing, quoting Culture Minister and BJP leader at the occasion.
“Representing the Indian government, Union Minister for Culture Mahesh Sharma attended the event, while BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, who is known to be a key foreign policy thinker in the ruling party, was invited as the guest of honour”: The Sunday Guardian reported.
The Tribune described the event as “warm engagement despite venue change”.
Times of India reported in its National News segment: “India appreciates desire of Tibetans to return to motherland: Ram Madhav”.
“Days Days after the ‘Thank You India’ event was shifted from the national capital to Mcleodganj, sparking speculations that New Delhi had cold-shouldered the Dalai Lama to keep Beijing happy, senior leaders of BJP not only turned up at the event here on Saturday to mark 60 years of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s arrival in the country, but also taunted China for sending ‘love letters’ when Indian leaders attended such events,” Shri Puri wrote on the website.
NDTV’s headline read: “At ‘Thank You India’ event of Tibetans attended by BJP leaders, Lobsang Sangay says that their government-in-exile product of `Make-In-India’ campaign”.
“India won’t change its Tibet policy to woo China: Minister”: Deccan Herald.
Republic’s Assistant Editor broadcasted the development as ‘Breaking’.
Other prominent Indian commentators chimed in, raising thumbs to the Indian leaders for gracing the event.
Akhilesh Sharma, Political Editor NDTV India tweeted: “The Union culture Minister @dr_maheshsharma and BJP secretary General @rammadhavbjp took part in the “Thank You India” Program of Central Tibet Administration on 60 years of Dalai Lama’s ouster in Dharamsala. It is a direct message that there is no change in India’s Tibet policy”.