(TibetanReview.net, May08, 2018) – Chief Minister Mr Jai Ram Thakur of Himachal Pradesh has on May 6 expressed delight at the fact that Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, had chosen the state of Himachal Pradesh as his second abode and referred to the latter’s special love for the state and its people.
It was due to his presence that Dharamshala had emerged as a world famous destination, 5dariyanews.com May 6 cited Thakur as saying.
“Dalai Lama has special love for the state and its people,” he was quoted as saying, speaking at a meeting in Mandi of the Bharat Tibet Sehyog Manch, a nationwide Tibet support group in India. The meeting marked the completion of the group’s 19th year of existence.
The chief minister has assured all possible support and help to the Tibetan people and hoped the group would continue to work for better ties and friendship between India and Tibet.
During the meeting, Mr Indresh Kumar, senior activist and patron of the RSS, well-known Hindu religion-based voluntary service group in India, has said that for the people of Tibet, India was their Karam Bhumi and Tibet their Matri Bhumi.
Patron of the Manch and Vice Chancellor of the Central University HP, Dr Kuldeep Agnihotri, has said Tibet had blessings of Lord Shiva and Lord Buddha. He has said that the most pious religious places of the Hindus, Mr Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, were situated in Tibet.
Others who spoke or were present included Member of Parliament Mr Ram Swaroop Sharma, Power Minister of the state Mr Anil Sharma, MLAs (state legislators) Mr Rakesh Jamwal, Mr Inder Singh Gandhi, Mr Vinod Kumar and Mr Jawahar Thakur, former Punjab state government minister Mr Mohan Lal, National Convener of the Core Group for the Tibetan Cause Mr R K Khrimey, the group’s chairman Mr Harjit Singh, and the exile Tibetan health minister Mr Choekyong Wangchuk.
Altogether 350 delegates took part in the meeting at whose inauguration some 2000 local residents, including Tibetans, also attended.