(TibetanReview.net, Jul10, 2016) – The 81st birthday Jul 6 of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was marked in India’s capital New Delhi, with the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee and India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr Kiren Rijiju being among the guests. Later in the evening, more than 300 guests attended a dinner reception hosted by the Bureau of HH the Dalai Lama at the Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
In his address, Mr Rijiju praised the Dalai Lama as a global icon of peace and nonviolence and said India was blessed by his benevolent presence in the country.
Others who attended the morning function included Kasur Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi, who read the Kashag’s statement for the occasion; Kasur Gyari Dolma, Dr NK Trikha, former National Convener of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India; and Mr Pankaj Goyal, Core Group member and members of Indian Tibet support groups.
Those who attended the dinner reception included Ambassadors, Indian Government officials, Members of Parliament, Former Indian bureaucrats, servicemen and diplomats, people from the media, Tibet support group members and academics. The main speaker at the event was Ambassador Dalip Mehta, former secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
During the reception, the 17th Karmapa released a book on His Holiness the Dalai Lama published and launched by the Bureau of HH the Dalai Lama.