Dharamshala: The 59th Democracy Day was celebrated on Monday by the Tibetan government in exile, at the main Buddhist monastery The Tsuglagkhang Complex of McLeodganj in Dharamshala. The function was presided over by Smt. Sarveen Chaudhary, a cabinet minister in the Himachal Pradesh state government.
In her address on the occasion she said that Tibetans have strong democratic traditions and that steps have been taken to further strengthen it by the religious leader Dalai Lama.
“Exiled Tibetans are following the path of Ahimsa for the independence of Tibet, for which they have got immense support from the international community,” said Chaudhary.
On the occassion cultural programs were also presented by students of various Tibetan institutions.
Thousands of people, including Buddhist nuns and monks attended the function at the main temple in Dharamshala along with a host of other senior functionaries and Tibetan supporters.
The Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPiE), officially the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, is the unicameral and highest legislative organ of the Central Tibetan Administration. It was established and is based in Dharamshala, India. The creation of this democratically elected body has been one of the major changes that the 14th Dalai Lama brought about in his efforts to introduce a democratic system of administration.