Tibetans congratulate and thank India on its 74th Independence Day

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking to press after the official ceremony to mark India’s 74th Independence Day at the Kashag Secretariat

DHARAMSALA, Aug 15: The political head of the Tibetan people, President Dr Lobsang Sangay congratulated the government and people of India on its 74th Independence Day at a brief ceremony held at the Kashag Secretariat here in Ganchen Kyishong.

Members of Kashag (Tibetan Cabinet), secretaries and senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) attended the ceremony and sung the Indian national anthem as President Sangay hoisted the tri-coloured Indian national flag outside the Kashag Secretariat.

“I want to congratulate India and the great people for achieving lot of things, making lot of progress economically, politically, socially in India. India has been very kind and people have been very generous to the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause for which we are eternally grateful,” President Sangay said extending his hearty congratulation on India’s 74th Independence Day on behalf of the Tibetan people and the CTA.

He also spoke about the recent Indo-China border clash and the significance of Tibet over the matter and for a peaceful subcontinent.

“With the recent border incident, at Galwan valley in the Ladakh, it seems that there are more incursions and more conflicts. It seems there is a growing awareness in India, on how important Tibet is, was and should be. We want to urge the great people of India to learn more about Tibet. Tibet is crucial in having peace in the subcontinent. So continue to support us,” he said.

When asked, whether the recent developments can give birth to Tibet’s independence, he said that “we pray and hope that like India succeeded in its independence movement, our own vision, and policy of the middle way approach will be succeeded where we will have a genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people in Tibet. That is our wish and that has been the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

After the ceremony, President Sangay left the Kashag Secretariat to attend a ceremony hosted by the local Indian administrative office at Police Ground in lower Dharamshala to mark the occasion. He was accompanied by Finance Kalon (MInister) Karma Yeshi, Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Secretary Tsewang Gyalpo Arya of DIIR, and Dharamshala Tibetan settlement officer Kunga Tsering

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