Dharamshala: - Tibetan community in exile on Friday morning, August 15 celebrated the 68th Independence Day of India in Dharamshala of northern India, the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
The Indian national flag was hoisted in front of Kashag (Cabinet) House before a function organised by the CTA to mark the occasion. Ministers and other senior officials of the CTA attended the brief ceremony Friday to mark the special occasion.
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of the Tibetan people greeted the people of India on their 68th independence day and praised the government of India and its people for their hospitality and kindness extended to the Tibetan people and the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama for more than five decades.
"Today is the 68th Anniversary of independent Day of India, because India's freedom movement led by Mahatma Gandhi was successful and India regained its independence," Sikyong said.
'Democracy and unity in diversity in India is a role model for the whole world,' Sikyong said.
"Specially, today is the first year of Narendra Modi's prime ministership to celebrate India's Independence Day. On behalf of all Tibetans in and outside Tibet, I wish Shri Narendra Modi and his Cabinet team a very successful term, because, we always see a successful India and successful Tibetans," Sikyong Dr Sangay said at the special function, when expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the government of India and all the Indian people in India and across the world.
"The aspiration of Tibetan people inside Tibet is that: the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and restore freedom for Tibet one-day. We hope the day will happen soon, when that day come, all Tibetans in and outside Tibet united and we will celebrate the day in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa," Sikyong told reporters when asked if he feel 'bad when Tibetans can not celebrate their own independence day.'
Sikyong was invited as a guest to an official function held at the DC Office, District Kangra in Dharamshala organised by the Indian administration to observe the independence day celebration. He also offered warm greetings to Vidya Stokes and other top officials of of Himachal Pradesh at the function.
A march-past by contingents of police, guards, students and cultural programmes were main attractions of the celebrations. Smt. Vidya Stokes, Irrigation & Public Health Minister of H.P. State was the chief guest for the function.
Just before that function, Sikyong among the guests paid tribute to a war memorial at the entrance of Dharamshala, Kangra Valley. The war memorial was built to honour and remember those brave Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life for the country in the Post Independence Era.