Tibetan Govt-in-exile PM hails US highest civilian award to Dalai LamaNovember 14th, 2007 - 8:26 am ICT by admin
Dalai Lama received a rousing welcome at home by the Tibetan community in-exile in Dharamsala on Saturday.
School children beat drums and people bowed and cheered as the Dalai Lama’s motorcade wound through the by-lanes.
“They are so happy, they are so enthusiastic. People belonging to different NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations), different parties, (from) every nook and corner different sections of Tibetans have come here today,” said Tenzin Choeying, President (Indian Chapter) Students for Free Tibet.
U.S. President George W. Bush and leaders of Congress gave the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, one the highest U.S. honours, at a packed ceremony in the US Capital on October 17.
Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace prize in 1989 for his peaceful campaign against Chinese rule, has renounced any goal of independence and says he only wants more autonomy for Tibet.
China, which reviles the Dalai Lama as a separatist, has, however, denounced the award of the Congressional Gold Medal as a “farce”.
The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India since fleeing his predominantly Buddhist homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against the Communist rule. (ANI)
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