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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