(TibetanReview.net, Feb18, 2018) – The mayors of two major cities in the USA, Greg Fischer of Louisville in Kentucky and Tom Tait of Anaheim in California, are to call on Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, during the course of their 10-day tour of India, said the Central Tibetan Administration on its Tibet.net website Feb15. It was not clear yet when the meeting may take place.
The report said the tour of the two mayors was being organized by the international Strong Cities Network (SCN), a global network of mayors, and they were chosen for the trip due to their focus on compassion in their respective cities.
Rebecca Skellett, SCN Manager, was quoted as saying, “We’re delighted to be taking these two US Mayors to Delhi, Mumbai and Dharamsala – to share their journeys, inspire Indian cities and policy makers, and learn more about how India’s diverse range of communities live together side by side.”
Both have previously met with the 1989 Nobel Peace laureate during the latter’s US visits and have received praises for their respective initiatives.
During the upcoming trip, the two mayors will meet with members of India’s business community, interfaith, and community leaders. There will also be meetings with government, media and thought leaders with focus on discussing approaches to making cities safer and communities stronger amid the rise of extremist groups around the globe.
Apart from promoting their cities for potential business opportunities, the mayors also aim to promote compassion. Mayor Fischer has been quoted as saying, “Visits like this are great opportunities to promote our city. Our focus on compassion is something that resonates worldwide and is so relevant in today’s world.”
And Mayor Tait has been quoted as saying, “We are honored that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has embraced what we are doing in Anaheim. His words to us sum it up perfectly: ‘Creating cultures of kindness and compassion throughout the world is the key to achieving world peace’.”
The Dalai Lama, 82, had visited Louisville for the first time in 2013 and his second scheduled trip to the city last year was canceled on his doctor’s advice. However, he did meet with Mayor Tait of Anaheim last year in Newport Beach, California.