Ludhiana: Tibetan Refugee Traders Association (TRTA) hosted Thank you India program at Ludhiana to thank the Indian government and its people. The chief guest of the event was Karma Yeshi, Finance Kalon, Dept of Finance. The event was attended by more than 400 Tibetans sweater sellers from all over India and a total of around 130 lalas participated in the event.
Addressing the audience, Kalon Karma Yeshi congratulated India on 72nd Independence Day & thanked the Indian government and its people for their unwavering support to Tibetan people since 1959 and appreciated the cordial relationship between the Tibetan sweater sellers and the lalas. He stated that the relationship between India & Tibet is centuries old referring to Buddhism, which flourished into Tibet from India. Kalon further stated that every Tibetan have a responsibility to carry forward the genuine cause of Tibet and that it is important for the Tibetan sweater sellers to continue their business in most appropriate and legal way by respecting the law of the land.
The other chief guests presented at the event were Member of Lok Sabha Sardar Rabmith Singh Bitu, State Legislative member Shri Surinder Kumar Dawar, GST divisional commissioner of Punjab Shri Pawan Garg, Senior Deputy Mayor of Ludhiana city Shri Shyam Sunder Malhotra. All Indian dignitaries addressed the gathering by acknowledging the contribution to Tibetan community in multiplying the hosiery business of Ludhiana into various parts of India.
Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in exile, Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phunstok was presented at the event as a special guest and he thanked the Indian Govt for its support and explained the current situation of Tibet under Chinese regime.
Later “Thank you India Momento” was presented to MP Sardar Rabmith Singh Bitu & GST Divisional Commissioner Shri Pawan Garg by honourable Kalon Karma Yeshi. Honourable Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok presented mementoes to other Indian signatories.
Amongst the dignitaries were Mr R K Waderia, president of Lala Tibetan Hosiery Association and Mr Naveen SOOD, President of Indo Tibetan Hosiery Association. A short cultural show was organised at the end of the program.
Kalon Karma Yeshi left for New Delhi after the program to attend the fourth Tibetan Entrepreneurs’ Game Changers Conference as a chief Guest to be held in Bylakuppe Settlement.
Filed by Tenzin Migmar, Department of Finance