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Tibetans celebrate 65th Republic Day of India 
Source: Agencies27 Jan 2014 10:13:27

$img_titleDharmashala, January 27: The Central Tibetan Administration today celebrated the 65th Republic Day of India at its headquarters at Ghankyi Kyishong led by the caretaker PM Pema Chinjor.

Chinjor, the minister for religion and culture, unfurled the tricolor Indian national flag in front of the Kashag Secretariat earlier this morning as the Indian national anthem was being sung. Also present were Ms. Dolma Gyari, minister for home, and secretaries of various departments and other senior officials of the administration.

Speaking to reporters here, Chinjor expressed his gratitude to the people and government of India for the several decades of hospitality provided to the Tibetans. “We are really grateful to the nation, to the people and to the states that have hosted Tibetans."

"I feel proud to celebrate the 65th Republic Day of this glorious nation of India. India has achieved independence through non-violent efforts of its leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel," Chhinjor said in his address.

"The non-violent struggle of India has been a great inspiration for freedom and democracy all over the world. The Tibetan people too are highly motivated by India's non-violent resistance to the British rule," he added.

Chhinjor thanked the government and people of India for hosting the Tibetan community for the last more than 50 years.

"We are deeply grateful to the generous hospitality and kindness extended to the Tibetan people and our spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for the last over five decades," he said.

He also lauded India's struggle under British rule saying there had been several great leaders and statesmen that India has produced. “This nation has lived under British colonial rule for 200 hundred years. You have had great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, and Pandit Nehru who have contributed a lot to this great country on its path to progress.”

Sangay, the Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, is currently on a visit to Tibetan settlements in northeast India.