To mark the 60 years of arrival of Dalai Lama to India, the Tibetan government-in-exile started a year-long celebration as part of the ‘Thank You India’ campaign.
Dalai Lama had escaped from Lhasa at the time.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Union minister of state for culture Mahesh Sharma as well as prominent BJP general secretary Ram Madhav at the event.
Despite the China angle, the Indian Minister at the event said that each and every of the Tibetans is a respected guest of India.
He also said that the relationship between the two cultures is that of flower and fragrance.
Dalai Lama himself pointed out that despite being refugees, Tibetans faced many problems but have preserved their cultural and identity with the support of Indian government.
He said that when he came to India he thought the two countries had the relationship of guru (teacher) and shishya (disciple) and that spirit was still present.
It need be mentioned that the event had earlier been planned in New Delhi but was later shifted to Dharamshala in view of China.>