By Debananda Medak
Guwahati: Amid India-China standoff, the Indian Himalayan states – Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Sikkim, on Monday, greeted His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on his 85th birth anniversary and celebrated the occasion through prayers and sharing of cakes.
To mark the occasion of spirituality, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu offered prayers at the Thupten Gatselling Gompa located in the state’s capital Itanagar that was followed by a blowout of candles and a cutting of the cake.
“May His Holiness lives a thousand years and may we continuously receive his love and blessing. On this auspicious occasion, I on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh wishes one of the greatest souls of the 21st century His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama a very healthy and cheerful life ahead. We also pray for the long life of His Holiness so that all the sentient can receive his blessings for more than 100 years of ages,” Khandu said.
Arunachal West MP Kiren Rijiju, who is also the Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports said, “I wish him all the very best for his good health and pray for his long life on the auspicious occasion of his birthday.”
In the Union Territory of Ladakh, BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, along with other BJP party members and local residents celebrated the occasion of spirituality at the BJP head office, Ladakh. Namgyal said, “Your Holiness! May you continue to dispel the ignorance, may you continue to guide the sentient beings, may you continue to spread the happiness and smile around the world! We pray for your healthier, happier and longer life.
Joining the greetings, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang said, “On behalf of the people of Sikkim, I extend my warmest wishes to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on his 85th birth anniversary today. His Holiness has worked tirelessly to promote human rights and religious freedom.”
Notably, the villagers of western Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district also marked the occasion by planting trees at the government middle school, Hoongla near Tawang praying for the longevity of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also wished His Holiness the Dalai Lama and said, “Your message of peace and humanity has shown way for millions to remain happy and motivated. I join them all in praying for your good health and long life.”
According to a government source, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval talked to his counterpart for two hours yesterday to make the Chinese agree to begin the process of disengagement following which the Chinese have started to withdraw their troops and tents in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan by 2 km.