Dharamsala: The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile today expressed its gratitude to the government and people of India for the aid and protection provided to Tibetan refugees.
“India has become like a second home for us. We are profoundly grateful for the extensive aid and protection provided by the government and people of India,” Tibetan Parliament-in-exile said in a statement here on the occasion of the 53rd Tibetan Democracy Day.
“Pursuant to the profound advise continuously given by the Dalai Lama, we are appealing to all the Tibetan people-in-exile to develop and maintain friendly relations with the people of host nations,” it said.
On September 2, 1960, the Tibetan democratic system formally came into existence with the first directly elected representatives taking oath of office in accordance with the advice and wishes of the Dalai Lama.
The Parliament-in-Exile advised Tibetan people to work hard to improve the efficiency and progress of the democratic Administration.
Claiming that severe restrictions have been imposed on people in Tibet, the statement said, “For Tibetans living in foreign countries, including India, it is a matter of great joy that they are able to enjoy a high degree of genuine democracy.”
The Tibetans also expressed gratitude to global leaders, nations, as well as individuals who have been steadfastly supporting their cause.