Tibetans’ ‘Thank You India’ event Highlights: India supports Dalai Lama’s struggle to return to Tibet, says Mahesh Sharma

Tibetans' Thank You India event: The year-long event has been planned by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the Tibetan government-in-exile headquartered here, to mark 60 years of the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India.

Dalai Lama Tibetan's Thank You India event LIVE UPDATES The Dalai Lama along with Union Minister Ram Madhav and members of CTA at Mcleodganj. (Express Photo by Ashwani Sharma)

Tibetans on Saturday started the year-long celebrations under “Thank You India” event to mark 60 years of the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India in Mcleodganj of Himachal Pradesh. The Dalai Lama was joined by Union Minister Mahesh Sharma and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav along with several leaders.

The year-long event has been planned by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the Tibetan government-in-exile headquartered in Mcleodganj. The Centre had recently issued an advisory asking senior leaders and government functionaries to avoid attending functions organised by Tibetans living here in exile, citing the “sensitive” phase of Indo-China ties. This has led to some disappointment in the Tibetan community. The venue, which was initially planned to be in Delhi, was shifted here.

Follow Tibetan’s Thank You India event Highlights:

  1. 12:00PM
    31 Mar, 18
    Dalai Lama in Dharamshala

    Tibetans have faced problems but have preserved their cultural traditions, we have lived with a lot of self-confidence and holding values of humanity and brotherhood, said the Dalai Lama addressing the gathering to mark 60 years of his arrival to India. 

  2. 11:58AM
    31 Mar, 18
    Dalai Lama addresses gathering in Dharamshala

    The Dalai Lama addressing the gathering in Dharamshala said that when he came to India he though the two countries had the relationship of guru and shishya and that spirit continues till today. 

  3. 11:51AM
    31 Mar, 18
    'We support the Dalai Lama's struggle for returning to his country'

    When it's issue of relations between India and Tibet, there is no need for a thank you. This is an emotional moment, the word refugee is painful you are our friends and guests in India. Tibetans have integrated Indian culture as flower and fragrance, thus the word thank you does not hold a meaning. We are committed to protecting and supporting the Tibetan culture. Prime Minister Modi is taking Indian culture and traditional message of peace to the world and Tibetan culture is part of it., said Mahesh Sharma. Sharma added, "We support the Dalai Lama's struggle for returning to his country."

  4. 11:24AM
    31 Mar, 18
    'Tibetans suffered cultual genocide'

    Tibetan struggle is painful, our people have suffered torture violence and cultural genocide said the prime minister while speaking at the 'Thank You India' event organised to mark 60 years of the Dalai Lama arrival to the country. 

  5. 11:21AM
    31 Mar, 18
    'We are surviving because of India'

    Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay addressing the event said, 'Our relations with India dates back to hundreds of years not just past 60 years. India is guru and Tibet a disciple. it's duty to pay obeisance and touch the guru's feet.'

  6. 11:15AM
    31 Mar, 18
    Tibetans-in-exile express gratitude towards India

    “We are grateful to Indians for giving us shelter and support during the past 60 years, ever since His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived. Thus, in this event, we have ensured the presence of Naren Chandra Das, the 79-year-old man retired Havaldar of 5 Assam Rifles who had received the Dalai Lama when he entered the Indian soil in 1959,” said a monk.

  7. 11:01AM
    31 Mar, 18
    'Dalai Lama in not a refugee, but a family member'

    Ram Madhav speaking at the event said that The Dalai Lama is not a refugee but a family member. Madhav on the occasion thanked Jawaharlal Nehru for providing asylum to the Dalai Lama in the country. 

  8. 10:59AM
    31 Mar, 18
    Ram Madhav addresses the event

    "Thank You India event is to thank Indian civilization, culture and traditions. India always welcomed with open arms and an open heart, life of a refugee is difficult. Indian had always given shelter. Thank you his Holiness the Dalai Lama."

  9. 10:33AM
    31 Mar, 18
    The Dalai Lama at 'Thank You India' event

    The Dalai Lama honours Naren Chandra Das, the only survivor who had received the Dalai Lama on his arrival to India in 1959 (Express Photo by Ashwani Sharma)

  10. 10:27AM
    31 Mar, 18
    'China should pave way for his return'

    Shanta Kumar went on to say that the Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader and doesn't want confrontation. China should pave way for his return, he added.  

  11. 10:21AM
    31 Mar, 18
    'It was a tragedy the Dalai lama had to come to India leaving country'

    Senior BJP leader and MP Shanta Kumar speaking at the event said, 'It was a tragedy the Dalai Lama had to come to India leaving his country, but you graced us and made this land pious and made it pilgrimage.' He added, 'Hey God change China's heart to change it's approach to the Dalai Lama.'

  12. 10:19AM
    31 Mar, 18
    Tibet govt-in-exile thanks India

    Tibetan band performed Thank u India song, Bharat ki Jai, koti koti to begin the celebrations on Saturday here in Dharmshala. 

  13. 10:16AM
    31 Mar, 18
    Dalai Lama arrives at event

    Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama arrives at the event, he is accompanied by union minister Mahesh Sharma and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav. 

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