India : Tibetan resistance group celebrates 53rd founding ceremony
Dokham Chushi Gangdruk, the lone Tibetan resistance group voluntarily formed during the China’s 1949 invasion of Tibet, today marked the 53rd founding anniversary here in Dharamshala, the exile Tibetan headquarter.Geshe Monlam Tharchin, a member of exile Tibetan parliament, who was the chief guest of the ceremony function, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the service of Chushi Gangdruk (meaning Land of Four Rivers and Six Ranges) Defend Tibet Volunteer Force.“The resistance group has displayed utmost dedication in Tibet’s freedom struggle during the Chinese invasion and ensured a safe passage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s subsequent flight to exile in India,” Tharchin said.
Several members of Tibetan parliament, leaders of various NGOs and members of the resistance group attended the ceremonial function and paid tribute to Adrug Gonpo Tashi, the founder of Chushi Gangdrul group and observed a minute’s silence to mourn Tibetans who self-immolated for Tibet’s freedom.
The resistance group said their primary responsibility still remains restoration of Tibet’s independence and vowed to “continue their struggle until their goal is achieved.”
The organization formed on June 16, 1958 is widely known for their armed resistance against China’s People Liberation Army and fought numerous wars to defend Tibet’s sovereignty before being defeated and exiled. The group is also credited for protecting Tibetan leader Dalai Lama and his entourage while fleeing Tibet.
Head-quartered in India’s capital New Delhi, the resistance group has more than 40 regional chapters worldwide and works to restore Tibet’s independence.