By Tenzin Dharpo
Dr. Sangay speaking at the 'Thank you Netherlands' event.
DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 27: The President of the exile Tibetan government known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay oversaw the ‘Thank you Netherlands’ event in Amsterdam on Saturday.
The event was held in line with the CTA’s 2018 themed around expressing gratitude to nations around the world for their support to the exile Tibetans and the Tibetan cause for the last few decades. Retired Dutch politician Erica Georgina Terpstra who has been a staunch supporter for Tibetans for more than 40 years was presented with a memorabilia by the Tibetan President. Over 450 friends of Tibet also attended the event held at the Renaissance hotel in the Dutch capital.
President Dr Lobsang Sangay presenting Erica Georgina Terpstra, a retired Dutch politician a memoribilia for her support to the Tibetan cause and the people of Tibet in Amsterdam on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo- tibet.net
Dr. Sangay said, “We are especially privileged and honored to dedicate this year to all our supporters and friends from around the globe who contributed to the Tibet cause. Because of their support and care for our education, health, etc., we were able to stand firm and survive in our host countries. Therefore, I am travelling around the globe to thank people and governments.”
The head of the exile Tibetan polity elaborated that supports from governments including the Netherlands have meant Tibetan culture and unique traditions survived in foreign lands despite being destroyed to the point of extinction in its native Tibet.
He said, “Even after the complete destruction of Buddhism in Tibet, the Chinese leaders must be in wonderment of this development. Under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Buddhism not only revived in Tibetan’s personal and social space but is widely followed in China too.”
“It is because Buddhism is the foundation of our civilization and also the base of our freedom struggle. Communism with its 100 years is no match for Buddhism that is 2500 years old. Now we have one more task to do and that is the restoration of basic freedom in Tibet,” he further said.
The Harvard educated statesman also said that despite China’s overwhelming clout in global diplomacy, there is recoil of sorts happening lately. He said, “The Australian government has had enough with China. The Czech Parliament recently formed the largest Tibet support group in Europe. Japan has 92 member Tibet support group, the largest in the world. The US, amid on-going trade tariff issues, the Secretary of State, Mike Pence spoke on Tibet and the human rights situation in China during his tour of Asia.”
President Sangay also urged the international community to continue their support for Tibet and the Central Tibetan Administration and equated it with supporting “democracy, freedom and peace”.