Dharamsala, March 23
Tsering Yeshi, 47, a resident of Dehradun and former Special Frontier Force (SFF) member, started a bike journey from McLeodganj today demanding Bharat Ratna for the Dalai Lama. Yeshi would be travelling across India to garner support over the issue.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yeshi said that his parents came from Golok, Amdo in Tibet, and fled to India to take refuge in 1959.
“The Dalai Lama has always introduced himself as the son of India and worked hard all his life towards reviving ancient Indian knowledge through the advent of Tibetan Buddhism. His non-violent approach and the message of compassion to the whole world are well known. The Dalai Lama is also the recipient of many international, prestigious awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.”
It is not for the first time that Bharat Ratna has been demanded for the Dalai Lama. Earlier, the Friendship Society of Tibetans in India, had urged the government on the issue.— TNS
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