Dalai Lama caught in the middle as India and China reboot ties

Staff members of the Central Tibetan Administration set up the stage for the'Thank You India event at Tsuglakhang temple in Mc Leod Ganj India on 30 March 2018. Indian security officials are also seen at the site

Tibetan government-in-exile on Saturday kicked off the year-long celebrations under "Thank You India" campaign to mark 60 years of the Dalai Lama's arrival in India here.

The Dalai Lama thanked India for giving shelter to him and said the Tibetans have turned their unfortunate circumstances into a path of enlightenment by reviving their spirit and influence wherever they are.

Senior BJP leader and MP Shanta Kumar addressed the event.

"If policymakers in India continue to be guided by the perception that serving up the Tibet issue on the diplomatic plate to China is the most efficient way to improve India-China relations, then we can anticipate more restrictions on Tibetan activities in India", she said.

Dalai Lama honoured Naren Chandra Das, the only survivor who had received the Dalai Lama on his arrival to India in 1959.

Ram Madhav also addressed the gathering, "Thank You India event is to thank Indian civilization, culture and traditions".

"India has always welcomed people in problem with open arms".

"Today we are celebrating 60 years in exile and we are confident, and we can see how our future shapes up", the Dalai Lama said at the event. Indian had always given shelter.

Madhav further said that The Dalai Lama is not a refugee but a family member.

DHARMSALA, India-The prime minister of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in India on Saturday urged his compatriots to strengthen efforts to make the return of the Dalai Lama to his native land a reality. He also thanked Jawaharlal Nehru for providing asylum to the Dalai Lama in the country.

Some of the events are likely to be held at the India International Centre in New Delhi on Monday but the Dalai Lama will not attend.

A week later, the Tibetan Central Administration - the government in exile - chose to move a major cultural event that was originally planned to be held in the Indian capital New Delhi with a speech by the Dalai Lama, to Dharamsala, where the exiled community is based.

Sonam Dagpo, a spokesman for the Tibetan Central Administration said that there has been no direct communication from the Indian authorities and that the plans were changed out of respect to the Indian government's position.

This has led to some disappointment in the Tibetan community.

He emphasised the "strong bond between India and Tibet", saying the two shared a "deep connection of culture and literature".

The event, which was earlier planned in New Delhi, was shifted to Dharamshala after a note issued by the cabinet secretary advised Indian functionaries and political leaders to stay away from the events being organised by CTA and had cited "sensitive" phase of the Indo-China ties.



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