President Dr Lobsang Sangay paying respect to the martyrs at the State War Memorial, in Dharamshala, India, on August 15, 2020. Photo/Tenzin Phende/CTA

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Dharamshala, India — Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay urged India to recognise Tibet as the buffer zone of peace between India and China for a lasting solution to border conflicts while wishing India and her people. President also appealed the government of India to take Tibet’s history when dealing with China.

On the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) under the leadership of President Dr Sangay highly praised the Indian government for its achievements and progress in socio-economic development.

As Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the nation promising to build new India, the nation under his leadership came together to celebrate its 74th Independence day with renewed zeal and fervor.

The President of the Tibetan government in-Exile joined world leaders Saturday in congratulating India and her people while expressing hope that India’s ‘achhe din'(good days) will definitely take place.

A brief commemoration ceremony was held at the Kashag Secretariat in the presence of President Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Kalons, Secretaries, and senior officials of the CTA departments, according to the Tibetan official media.

The atmosphere charged up with patriotic spirit as the tricolor national flag was unfurled by President Dr Sangay followed by the singing of India’s national anthem.

“On this joyous occasion, I would like to congratulate India and the people of India for its achievements and progress in socio-economic development,” the Tibetan President said.

“India has been very kind and its people have been very generous to the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause for which we are eternally grateful”, Dr Sangay added.

Addressing the recent border conflict at Galwan Valley, the democratically elected Tibetan leader Dr Sangay once again urged India to recognise Tibet as the buffer zone of peace between India and China for a lasting solution to border conflicts.

He appealed the government of India to take Tibet’s history with China as a guideline when dealing with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers who have recently acted very aggressive approach against India.

“As India succeeded in its independence movement, our own vision, and policy of the middle way approach will be succeeded where we will have a genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people in Tibet. That is our wish and that has been the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama” said the President.

Following the brief celebration at Kashag, President Dr Sangay attended the celebration of India’s 74th Independence Day at the police ground of the lower Dharamshala. President Dr Sangay accompanied by top officials paid respect to the martyrs at the State War Memorial.

President was accompanied by Finance Kalon Karma Yeshi, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, DIIR Secretary Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, and settlement officer Kunga Tsering of the Dharamshala Tibetan settlement.

The event also witnessed the presence of Shri Vipin Singh Parmar, Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha in Himachal Prades, and other dignitaries. The event programs include march pass by local Indian Police and Tibetan snow lion dance.

Independence Day as a national holiday celebrated annually in India on August 15. The day marks the end of British rule in 1947 and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation.  India's path to independence from British rule was spearheaded by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, who organized and led a series of nonviolent protests.

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