Tibetans thank India for its support

March 27th, 2009 - 2:34 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 27 (ANI): A five-day ‘Thank You India Festival’ hosted by Tibetans-living-in-exile in India is underway in New Delhi. The festival organised by the India International Centre and the Bureau of HisHoliness the Dalai Lama is to commemorate the 50 years of exile.

“This is to commemorate 50 years in exile and also to thank the people of India for the support and sympathy that they have given us for 50 years,” said Tempa Tsering, the Dalai Lama’s representative.

On the first day of the festival, Tibetans put up musical programmes and also showcased handicrafts representing the essence of Tibetan culture.

During the five days, the commemoration will bring some of the most important Tibetan institutions together to showcase the Tibetan refugees’ accomplishments in community building, education and cultural preservation.

Beijing has downplayed the Dalai Lama’s demand for autonomy for Tibet. Although a meeting of exiles last November had reaffirmed the Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’ path, many said that their patience with Beijing might not last. (ANI)

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