The year-long event has been planned by Central Tibet Administration to mark 60 years of the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India.
On Saturday, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, BJP MP Shanta Kumar and Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma attended the Tibetans’ ‘Thank You India-2018’ event at Dharamshala.
“India has always welcomed people in problem with open arms. Many people came to India as refugees, and found love and shelter here. The life of a refugee is very tough and full of struggles, but the Tibetans should not consider themselves refugees as they are living in their second home,” Madhav said.
The BJP leader said, actually, the Dalai Lama should be thanked for coming to India along with so many Buddhist scholars.
“Buddhism went from eastern India to Tibet 1,300 years ago. We are bound by spirit, religion, culture and knowledge. So, we are brothers, and brothers do not thank each other,” he said.
“We appreciate your desire to go back to your motherland … And we wish you all the luck. This desire must not vanish. Till then, India is your home. India is the land of the Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama,” Madhav said.
Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said, “India and Tibet have decades-old relations which cannot be measured by any scale. Our relationship is that of an elder and a younger brother, who need not thank each other.”
“Dharamsala has become the spiritual centre of the world due to the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama here. It is the greatness of the spiritual leader that he wanted to thank India,” BJP MP Shanta Kumar said.