Amid tensions between India and China in the aftermath of the Galwan Valley clash that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead, Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama is celebrating his 85th birthday on Monday, 6 July.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 85th Birthday Message https://t.co/mux2XI0h3x— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) July 6, 2020
His birthday celebrations come amid the worst escalation of hostilities between India and China in decades, as the standoff between the two forces in eastern Ladakh along the LAC continues. India's messaging on his birthday is being closely watched, and BJP leaders have been at the forefront to do so.
BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav participated in two separate programmes held to mark the Dalai Lama's 85th birthday as well as the birth anniversary of Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee in Leh on Monday, ANI reported.
Madhav also tweeted that he used to visit Dharamshala to pay his respects to the Dalai Lama, but as the festivities were not happening this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, he was sending a video message to him. He also spoke to the Dalai Lama on video chat, and shared a photo captioned “Blessed to be blessed by the Blessed Soul”.
I used to visit Dharamshala on His Holiness’ birthday to pay my respects. Due to Corona the festivities are not taking place this year. Upon the request of the CTA, I sent the following message praying for long life to Holiness:https://t.co/hD6Y5wbXKe— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) July 6, 2020
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was also among those who wished the Dalai Lama, saying "I offer my deepest reverence, prayers, and wishes for his long and healthy life. His values and ideals are the guiding light towards love, peace and compassion for entire humanity," he wrote on Twitter.
On the auspicious occasion of the 85th birthday of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, I offer my deepest reverence, prayers, and wishes for his long and healthy life. His values and ideals are the guiding light towards love, peace and compassion for entire humanity. pic.twitter.com/eu9Jw1jgLt— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 6, 2020
Notably, the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur, also wished the him, saying, "In these difficult times, his spiritual leadership gives strength."
This day marks the 85th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama @DalaiLama.— Office of the Lt. Governor, Ladakh (@lg_ladakh) July 6, 2020
I pray for his good health and #longevity.
In these difficult times, his spiritual leadership gives strength: Lt. Governor @R_K_Mathur.#DalaiLama #Ladakh pic.twitter.com/B68g0aBn0c
Other BJP politicians and functionaries to wish the Dalai Lama include National General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao, Goa Minister Vishwajit Rane and Madhya Pradesh Minister Bhuppendra Singh.
In the midst of conflicts, terrorism, use of force-wars or war like conduct, His Highness 14th Dalai Lama stands like Himalayas-life giving, invigorating apostle of peace...Dharma.— P Muralidhar Rao (@PMuralidharRao) July 6, 2020
Prayers for his long life and good health on his 85th birthday today.@DalaiLama#DalaiLama pic.twitter.com/H4yOGmW3f5
I extend my warm wishes to his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness has worked tirelessly to promote human rights and religious freedom. His message of compassion, peace and human dignity is an inspiration to people across the globe.#DalaiLama pic.twitter.com/nfnLMgBqTO— VishwajitRane (@visrane) July 6, 2020
शांति एवं सद्भाव के प्रतीक,दशकों से तिब्बत पर चीनी दंश का विरोध कर रहे तिब्बतियों के धर्मगुरू आदरणीय दलाई लामा, तेनज़िन ग्यात्सो @DalaiLama को जन्मदिवस की शुभकामनाएं।— Bhuppendra Siingh (@bhupendrasingho) July 6, 2020
आप स्वस्थ रहें एवं दीर्घायु हो, ईश्वर से प्रार्थना है। pic.twitter.com/DIQ640eySU
Meanwhile, the exiled leader is celebrating his birthday with a special online screening of a film about physicist David Bohm, calling him “one of my ‘science gurus’.”
On 6 July, my birthday, there'll be a special online screening of a new film about physicist David Bohm, who I think of as one of my ‘science gurus’. See: https://t.co/aBkhBYZMYM. #InfinitePotentialFilm #DavidBohm #QuantumPotential pic.twitter.com/omcakXPwl8— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) June 28, 2020
On Sunday, the Dalai Lama delivered teaching on ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’, while addressing via video an event held in Taiwan, reported news agency ANI.
The COVID-19 pandemic across the world has led to restrictions on movement and gatherings of people.
The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, assumed the position of the Dalai Lama in 1940.
His birthday – on 6 July – is also celebrated as ‘World Tibet Day’ in an attempt to generate greater awareness about the problems being faced by the Tibetan population.
He sought refuge in India in 1959, and has been living here, along with a large Tibetan community, ever since.
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