NEW DELHI, Jun 11: The Tibet Support Group of Arunachal Pradesh (TSGAP) has called upon the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh to initiate steps to confer Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian medal, on His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his lifelong effort to bring peace in the world.
The call from TSGAP came when its president Gicho Kabak and secretary Nima Sange called on the MoS at his North Block office here on June 09 last here and submitted a memorandum in this regard.
During their interaction with the union minister, both Kabak and Sange said that after his exile from Tibet, Dalai Lama was settled in Dharamshala from where he preached peace to entire world.
The Dalai Lama is the most revered religious leader of the world who has taken shelter in India after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. When he escaped from Tibet, His Holiness brought back the ancient Nalanda traditional of Buddhism to India and tirelessly advocating the ancient tradition education system in India. He is constantly reminding Indian about their rich cultural heritage that gave birth to different religions, the duo stated.
Above all awarding Bharat Ratna to His Holiness Dalai Lama would send strong message to China that cannot be ignored. And it would also be an acknowledgement of the values he stands for India and its people, they added.
Meanwhile, it was informed that Dr Singh after a patient hearing assured that he would take up the matter with the prime minister.