In northern India Tibetans are marking their stand against Chinese rule in their homeland. It was back in 1959 when the Dalai Lama took a stand against rule by the Chinese regime in the Himalayan region.
The Tibetan government-in-exile is marking the anniversary of an uprising, protesting the Chinese regime’s occupation of Tibet. Back in 1959 the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, led a failed uprising against communist rule, which led to the fleeing of many Tibetans to India.
This was the first program organized after the Dalai Lama's arrival from the United States, where he met U.S. President Barrack Obama at the White House last month.
As part of the prayers, the Tibetan administration and general Tibetans organized a ceremony for their spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Thousands of Tibetans, including Buddhist monks, gathered in Dharamsala to offer prayers for their leader's long life.
[Lobsang Choedak, Information Officer, Tibetan Government-in-exile]: (English)
"This time the central Tibetan administration as well as the general Tibetan public, they are jointly offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness, and simultaneously for the fulfillment of all his wishes."
The heads of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well as various Tibetan officials attended the prayer ceremony.
The Chinese communist regime has controlled Tibet since its troops took over the region in 1950.
Critics accuse China of repressing Tibetans' religious aspirations, especially their veneration for the Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Dharamsala is now home to the largest number of exiled Tibetans who are fighting for liberation of their homeland from communist rule.