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Golden seal honour for Dalai Lama for leading Tibetan democracy

August 11, 2010

Asia TImes (Hong Kong)
August 9, 2010

Pradesh, Aug 9 (IANS) -- Tibetans living in exile
in India will honour the Dalai Lama with a golden
seal next month for leading the Tibetan democratic system in exile.

'It would be a big day for us and we are
celebrating it in a big way at Bylakuppe (in
Karnataka). We would felicitate His Holiness, the
Dalai Lama, for his years-long selfless service
and also present a golden seal to him,' Penpa
Tsering, speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, told IANS.

The golden seal will be given to the Dalai Lama
at a public function at the biggest Tibetan
settlement in India, Bylakuppe near Mysore, September 2.

The Dalai Lama, who has been living in exile in
India with thousands of other Tibetans for the
last over five decades, had fled Tibet in 1959
when Chinese forces entered and took over Lhasa city.

Since then, the Dalai Lama, the 1989 Nobel Peace
Prize winner, and the Tibetan government-in-exile
is based in the hill town of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

Talking about other preparations, Tsering said:
'It would be an around half-day long function.
Besides normal prayers, there would be many other
ceremonies and speeches. We have invited around
20 MPs from 10-12 countries to participate in
this event. We are expecting around 25,000
people, from all across the world, to come to
Bylakuppe to attend this historic event.'

Tibetans will celebrate 50 years of democratic
tradition in their adopted land next month. It
will be preceded by a meeting of the Tibetan
leadership Aug 26-31 to review the work done in
the last five decades and to discuss the future
and welfare of exiled Tibetans in settlements across India and globally.
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