HH Dalai Lama may visit Tawang Oct-Nov next

  • CM reviews preparatory meeting

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has chaired a meeting to review preparations for the proposed ensuing visit of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, to Tawang, the abode Tawang Monastery.

The Dalai Lama, exiled religious and political leader of Tibet, globally known as the ‘Apostle of Peace’, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize-1989  in recognition of his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese domination of Tibet. The 14th Dalai Lama was born as Tenzin Gyatso in a hamlet in northeastern Tibet in 1935.

It may be recalled the highly religious people of Tibet, who practice a unique form of Buddhism, had suffered under communist China’s anti-religious legislation. After years of scattered protests, a full-scale revolt broke out in March 1959 that was crushed by Chinese troops forcing the Dalai Lama to flee from Tibet capital Lhasa with his entourage southwards to Tawang where he was welcomed by the Indian authorities.

The Tibetan leader is likely to visit Tawang in October-November next. “In view of the proposed visit of HH to the district, chaired a meeting”, Khandu tweeted after the meeting. The meeting was attended by Tawang district MLAs Tsering Tashi and Tsering Lhamu, DoKAA chairman Jambey Wangdi, DGP Anad Mohan, Tawang DC Kanki Darang, representatives of Monpa Mimang Tsokpa,Indian Army, ITBP and SSB besides monks, PRI leaders and GBs.

It was second meeting in connection with HH visit to the border town after a preliminary meeting conducted by the district administration in July last.

It may be mentioned here that HH Dalai Lama had accepted the invitation of CM Khandu to visit Arunachal Pradesh when he along with his family members had met him on January 1 last to get his blessings.

“Inspected the ongoing construction of the Dalai Lama Phodrang residence at Pungteng, near Tawang, This is a blessed place where HH Dalai Lama had spent few days after arriving from Lhasa in 1959.

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