President Dr Lobsang Sangay expressing gratitude to the people and government of India on 71st Republic Day of India, in Dharamshala, India, on January 26, 2020. Photo: CTA/DIIR

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Dharamshala, India –Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay on Sunday greeted the people and government of India on the occasion of the country's 71st Republic Day and said India is a shining example for pluralistic democracy, urging Tibetans worldwide to imbibe the democratic values and practices.

The President of The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), previously known as Ganden Phodrang, the government of Tibet, Dr Lobsang Sangay said: "I wish you all a joyous 71st Republic Day,” while conveying his heartfelt greetings on the occasion.

”As India celebrates the joyous occasion of the 71st Republic day, I on behalf of Tibetans worldwide extend my heartiest greetings to the Government and People of India," the President added.

“Indian elections are the world’s largest exercise in democracy with an estimated 600 million voter turnouts, far surpassing the total turnout in the whole of North America, Europe and Russia. Such is the deeply rooted, pluralistic and vibrant democracy of India.”

“It is India’s commitment to upholding the democratic principles and values which has nurtured and balanced the diversity of India – from language, religion, ethnicity to culture.”

“This is an example that we the Tibetans must imbibe. In appreciating the gift of democracy bestowed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we must strive to uphold the principles that underpin a vibrant and thriving democracy and come together as one people.”

“Lastly, I would once again reiterate our heartfelt gratitude to the People and Government of India to whom we remain ever indebted for their generous support for all these years.

“We pray for the success and prosperity of India. May India continue to flourish in every field. Thank you,” the Tibetan President said at the official celebration of India’s 71st Republic Day, held at the police ground, Dharamshala.

The President along with Honourable Minister Rajiv Saizal, Social Justice and Empowerment, Corporate Ministry of Government of Himachal Pradesh, was attending the official celebration.

The event was also attended by other top officials, including Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance, Settlement officer Kunga Tsering and Joint Secretary Namgyal Lhekshey.