New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday (July 6, 2021) spoke to the Dalai Lama via phone and wished the Tibetan spiritual leader on his 86th birthday. PM Narendra Modi shared the news through his official Twitter account.
The Prime Minister said, “talked on phone to His Holiness Dalai Lama to relay greetings on his 86th birthday. We wish him a long and healthy life.”
This, especially, is a very remarkable evolution as for the first time a public declaration has come on PM Modi’s call to Dalai Lama on his birthday. No such public declarations were made in 2017 during the Doklam crisis or during the Galwan stand-off in 2020.
Thus, during his days as the CM of Gujarat, PM Modi used to regularly greet the Dalai Lama.
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has been staying in India for over six decades now.
Before that day, he admitted how India’s freedom and religious harmony have served him. In a virtual speech from his house in Dharamshala, the Tibetan spiritual leader said, “Since I became a refugee and settled in India, I have taken full advantage of India’s freedom and religious harmony. I want to confirm to you that for the rest of my life, I am confirmed to revive ancient Indian knowledge.”
“I really acknowledge the Indian concept of secular values, not dependent on religion, such as honesty, karuna (compassion) and ahimsa (non-violence),” he added.
The evolution, on expected lines, will be eagerly watched by China. China in the past has forwarded with strong comments if anything related to Tibet, Taiwan, enormity in Xinjiang has been augmented but that has only been counterproductive with these issues assembling more focus globally.