Tibetan leader in exile slams China for mistreating Tibetans

The prime minister of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in India has urged his compatriots to strengthen efforts to make the return of the Dalai Lama to his native land a reality.

Lobsang Sangay says Tibet has seen 60 years of destruction of its civilization, culture and identity by the Chinese since the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959.

The Dalai Lama on his part thanked India for giving shelter to him and says the Tibetans have turned their unfortunate circumstances into a path of enlightenment by reviving their spirit and influence wherever they are.

The Dalai Lama and Sangay spoke at a public event on Saturday in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala marking the beginning of the 60th year of the spiritual leader's exile in India.