A march has begun in Tawang to mark the 60th year of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s journey from Tibet to India through Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The group comprising of the members of Tibet support groups along with local people from Tawang and West Kameng began the march or Saturday.
“The Core Group for Tibetan Cause, the apex body of Tibet support groups in India with the co-operation from the people of Tawang and West Kameng along with the monasteries and NGOs have organised a padayatra from Chuthangmo to Tezpur to commemorate the 60th year of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s journey from Tibet to India in March 1959.” said the report in Arunachal 24 on Monday.
While the march began on Saturday, March 17, it is schedule to conclude on 27th March 2018 at Tezpur of Sonitpur district in central Assam, where a concluding function is also being organised jointly by the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. According to the organisers, the march is being organised to pray for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“The march covering Gorsum Chorten, Lumla, Tawang, Jang, Senge, Dirang, Bomdila, Rupa, Tenga, Chaku, Khelong and Doimara has been organized to pray for long life of his holiness so that his message of peace & prosperity continue spreading across the world.” said RK Khrimey, national convener of Core Group for Tibetan Cause according to the report.
The event marking the same scheduled to be organised in New Delhi by the Central Tibetan Administration on March 17 was initially shifted to Dharamshala after the Central Government of India directed its officials to abandon it just weeks before the date. However, the event was finally called off by the organisers without any explanation in Dharamshala.
The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama left from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet on March 17, 1959 after a failed national uprising by Tibetans against the Chinese army to seek asylum in India. This year marks the 60th year of His Holiness followed by thousands of Tibetans’ arrival to India.
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