I am very happy to be a citizen of this country India: His Holiness the Dalai 

WorldNews.com,Mon 6 Apr 2009 

"You need a passport you can't be a refugee for life." Conference chairman Dr. 
Bhupendra Kumar Modi said publicly to His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday at 
the 2nd Conference on The Indian view for global peace that convened at the 
main Tibetan temple in Dharamshala to discuss the theme of "Reciprocity Base 
for Universal Interconnectedness."

Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke about the 
importance of religious tolerance and the valuable role that India can serve on 
the global stage for promoting the intrinsically India lifestyle of peaceful 
religious pluralism. "If you are serious about involvement in this matter then 
I am happy to take citizenship."

Leaders of various other religious traditions spoke about the 
interconnectedness of the global society and the necessity of His Holiness to 
campaign for a global peace. His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswati addressed 
the conference and said, "When America needed a change they got Obama, now the 
world needs a change and we have a holy Lama" he continued "His Holiness the 
Dalai Lama is not sitting in the seat he is sitting in the hearts of all 

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi, when offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama citizenship 
in India also praised the Indian government, and commended the Indian people 
for their active participation in the world's largest democracy. On 17th May of 
this year India will have a new parliament, and Dr. Modi noted that it will be 
the responsibility and the honor of this new parliament not only to grant His 
Holiness the Dalai Lama citizenship in India, but also to extend the offer to 
all Tibetans who have ventured across the Himalayas and made their home's in 
India. His Holiness said that he was very happy to accept Indian citizenship; 
he said "I am very happy to be a citizen of this country."

In a state of semi-retirement His Holiness holds the following priorities. 
First his main responsibility as a citizen of the world is to promote 
non-violence. Secondly, as a religious person he must promote religious 
tolerance and understanding, third as a Tibetan he must do as much as he can to 
serve Tibet and the Tibetan people.

To fulfill his role in each of these various capacities, Dr. Modi offered His 
Holiness an airplane to expedite travel. At the close of the conference His 
Holiness also expressed a wish to convene the religious leaders every 6 months; 
He proposed that the next meeting take place at one of the religious sights in 
Delhi and therefore outwardly promote the idea of religious tolerance.

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