DHARAMSALA, 2 Oct: Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) held a brief ceremony today at the Kashag Secretariat here in Dharamsala to celebrate the 152nd birth anniversary of India’s father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Addressing the media at the ceremony, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) Penpa Tsering described Gandhi as the epitome of non-violence and the driving force behind many struggles with his nonviolence approach to resolving conflicts across the world.
Speaking on the Tibetan movement, he said, “In the case of the current Tibetan struggle, the strength of the movement is based on the principle of non-violence led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who regards Mahatma Gandhi as one of his role models.”
The CTA President further stated that “violence only begets violence” and concluded by declaring “non-violence as the only means to resolve any kind of conflict in the future.”
The ceremony was attended by the Secretaries and senior officials of the CTA.
Today also marks the International Day of Nonviolence, a day dedicated by the United Nations since 15 June 2007 to celebrate Gandhi’s invaluable contribution to the world.