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Tibetans Celebrate Historic 50th Anniversary of Democracy Day

September 7, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
September 2, 2010

The landmark occasion for Tibetans in
accomplishing a meaningful and genuine democratic
polity in exile during the last 50 years was
celebrated by Tibetans throughout the world on 2 September 2010.

Dharamshala: A grand ceremony to celebrate this
historic milestone was organised by the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile at Lunsum Samdupling Tibetan
settlement in Bylakuppe in South Indian state of Karnataka.

During the ceremony, the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile honoured His Holiness the
Dalai Lama with a Gold Medal as an expression of
the Tibetan people's deep gratitude for bestowing
upon them the gift of democracy.

His Holiness thanked to the Tibetan people for
honouring him out of genuine happiness and devotion.

Around 17 members of parliament from some 13
countries joined the Tibetan people in celebrating the democracy day.

Expressing his gratitude to the foreign
dignitaries, His Holiness said the support from
the international community has greatly
encouraged the Tibetan people in their struggle for truth and justice.

Your support has immensely helped the people of
the international community to get a better
understanding and knowledge about the issue of Tibet, His Holiness said.

It has also contributed for raising the awareness
of the Chinese people living inside China about
the reality of the Tibetan issue, despite the
strict restriction imposed by the government on
the flow of information, he said.

I hope the wholehearted efforts of the
international community to support the issue of
Tibet will definitely bear fruit, he added.

In its statement, the Kashag said a meaningful
and genuine Tibetan democratic polity in exile
has been established under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Kashag said whatever accomplishments we have
been able to achieve in attaining greater freedom
in terms of rule of law and democracy is all due
to the efforts made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Kashag gave a detailed account of various
far-reaching democratic reforms initiated and
encouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile said 50 years of
successful democratic process in the exile
Tibetan community has fully exposed the Chinese
government for deluding the international
community by lying and leveling groundless
accusations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama of reviving feudal society.

On the upcoming elections of Kalon Tripa and
members of parliament, it said every individual
should use his or her own discretion and must not
be influenced by other's opinion to elect Kalon
Tripa and members of parliament.

In Dharamsala, cabinet secretary of the Central
Tibetan Administration presided over the
democracy day function at the main Buddhist temple.
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