(TibetanReview.net, Sep04, 2015) – The Central Tibetan Administration at Dharamshala marked the 55th Tibetan Democracy Day on Sep 2 in the presence of India’s Minister for Women & Child Development, Ms Maneka Gandhi, and former chief minister Mr Shanta Kumar of Himachal Pradesh, apart from some three other Indian MPs. Ms Gandhi expressed admiration for the Dalai Lama as well as the Tibetan people for their enlightened embrace of the democratic system of government.
She complimented the Tibetans for never having weakened their efforts despite their struggle being a long and difficult one while having successfully preserved their cultural and linguistic identity.
Mr Shanta Kumar, who is also the Convener of the All-Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet, also praised the Tibetans for their success in preserving their identity. He spoke about the timelessness of the association between India and Tibet due to their shared cultural, linguistic and religious traditions.
Both the head of the exile Tibetan administration, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, and the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Mr Penpa Tsering, spoke about the upcoming Tibetan elections, due over Oct 2015 – Mar 2016, and the importance for everyone to take part in them for further strengthening Tibetan democracy.
Tibetan communities in India as well as in other countries marked the day with public gatherings and festive celebrations, including cultural shows.