The Dalai Lama thanked India on Saturday for giving shelter to him and mentioned the Tibetans have turned their unlucky circumstances right into a path of enlightenment by reviving their spirit and affect wherever they’re.
At a public occasion in Dharamsala marking the start of the 60th yr of his exile in India, the 82-year-old non secular chief obtained emotional and embraced one of many 5 Assam Rifles troopers who escorted him to India after his escape from Tibet.
Union tradition minister Mahesh Sharma, members of Parliament Shanta Kumar and Satyavrat Chaturvedi, and BJP chief Ram Madhav had been current on the occasion together with functionalities of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
Earlier this month, media studies mentioned India had advised prime officers to keep away from occasions held by Tibet’s exile authorities to have a good time the Dalai Lama’s life in India, fearful of wounding relations with China.
“I really feel blessed as soon as once more as His Holiness touched me and bumped his head with my head,” mentioned Naren Chandra Das, now 80, who escorted the Dalai Lama on his arrival in Arunachal Pradesh.
Das mentioned he was overwhelmed by the invitation he obtained to attend the occasion that marked the onset of a year-long ‘Thank You India’ marketing campaign. The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing China in 1959 after a failed rebellion in opposition to Communist rule in Tibet.
‘That is your land’
BJP’s Ram Madhav mentioned India had at all times hosted individuals in troublesome occasions with an open coronary heart.
He expressed hope in his speech that the Dalai Lama “would have the ability to discover a answer to the Tibetan challenge by peaceable and democratic signifies that will facilitate your honourable return to your homeland.”
“We all know the lifetime of a refugee may be very robust…we hosted many individuals in hassle. India at all times welcome with open fingers and open coronary heart these in difficulties.”
Addressing the Tibetan administration-in-exile, he mentioned: “Buddies, we don’t wish to use the phrase refugee (for you). That is your land. On the most, you might be in exile and Tibet is ready for you.”
China says Tibet has traditionally been a part of its territory for the reason that mid-13th century, and has ruled it since 1951. However many Tibetans say the area was successfully unbiased for many of its historical past.
Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in India, urged his compatriots to strengthen efforts to make the return of the Dalai Lama to his fatherland a actuality.
He mentioned Tibet has seen 60 years of destruction of its civilization, tradition and id by the Chinese language for the reason that Dalai Lama fled to India.
He mentioned the Dalai Lama “dreamt of himself in a room within the Potala Palace crammed with mild the place he can be reunited with Tibetans inside Tibet.” The Potala Palace in Lhasa was the residence of the Dalai Lama till he fled to India throughout the 1959 Tibetan rebellion.
“1000’s and hundreds of Tibetans have been killed and have died for the reason for Tibet. A lot of them have burned themselves alive,” he mentioned in a hard-hitting speech.