Exiled Tibetans led by Sangay tread on native soil
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 18:04
Dharamsala: In a symbolic gesture, Tibetans in exile led by their Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay walked on soil smuggled from Tibet and hoisted their flag, reflecting the desire of the refugees to return to their homeland they were forced to flee over half a century ago.

Darjeeling-born Sangay, 43, who succeeded the Dalai Lama as the political head of Tibetans in August this year, yesterday touched the Tibetan soil for the first time at the exhibition 'Our Land Our People' by artist Tenzin Rigdol, who brought the 20,000 kg of earth to India.

More than 1,000 Tibetans from all walks of life attended the exhibition at the open grounds of the Tibetan Children’s Village School.

The Tibetan national flag, which is banned in Tibet, was hoisted and a picture of Dalai Lama adorned the piece of land.

"It has been the dream of many Tibetans to return and set foot on Tibet's soil. Today, I am stepping on this soil as a gesture of our struggle to reunite with our brothers and sisters in Tibet," Sangay said.

He lauded the efforts of the artist to bring the soil to Dharamshala and added that the soil carries a tremendous amount of sentimental value.

Monks from Kirti monastery held a prayer vigil for the Tibetans who sacrificed their lives in the recent months.


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 18:04

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