Exiled Tibetan govt dedicates 2014 to Dalai Lama

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: May 24, 2014 19:25 IST

To express gratitude for his work towards the cause of Tibet and promote his ideals of non-violence and human values, the Tibetan government-in-exile, officially known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has dedicated the year 2014 to spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

"The Kashag (cabinet) and the CTA have dedicated 2014 as the "Year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama" to celebrate, pay tribute and express gratitude of the Tibetan people for all the achievements and blessings that he has bestowed on us till now", said Tashi Phuntsok, secretary for the Department of Information & International Relations.

An announcement to dedicate the year to the spiritual leader was made by the Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay on March 10, 2014.

He said that 25 events would be organised in Tibetan across the world to celebrate the year from June to December. The departments of the Central Tibetan Administration involved in organising the events are Religion and Culture, Home, Education, Department of Information & International Relations and Health.

The Prime Minister informed that upcoming events included the spiritual leader's 79th birthday, Tibetan Democracy Day, birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and 25th anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize.

He added that Nobel Peace laureates would be invited to grace events in Dharamsala and Delhi on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.

"These events will be organised on Gandhi Jayanti to express appreciation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's commitment to promote non-violence and dialogue to resolve conflicts," said Phuntsok who is also co-chairman of the organising committee.

"These events are observed annually by the Tibetan government in exile, but this year, it will be observed "at a larger and a greater scale" with more participation from guests including Nobel Peace laureates," he added.

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