New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader and supreme Buddhist cleric of Tibet, to congratulate him on his 86th birthday. Although the Dalai Lama is receiving congratulatory messages from all over the world on his birthday, the eyes of the whole world were fixed on the message of Prime Minister Modi. Giving information in his tweet message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, “On the 86th birthday, I spoke to the Dalai Lama on the phone and wished him well. We wish him a long and healthy life.”
Prime Minister Modi did not wish the Dalai Lama on his birthday last year, after China’s incursion into Ladakh in June last year, all eyes were on whether Prime Minister Modi would wish the Dalai Lama a happy birthday or not. But this had not happened. But this time Prime Minister Modi has not only congratulated the Dalai Lama on his birthday but also called him.
The Dalai Lama was born on 6 July 1935 in a farming family in Takcher, a small village in Amdo in northern Tibet. His childhood name was Lhamo Dondub. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. The Dalai Lama, who took refuge in India when China occupied Tibet, has been living in India since 1959 and running the Tibetan government-in-exile with the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.
China does not recognize the Dalai Lama and experts believe that after the Dalai Lama, China is in the process of replacing one of its stooges as the supreme leader of Tibet. China has also been annoyed with India because India has given refuge to the exiled Tibetan community and the Dalai Lama. In such a situation, congratulating the Dalai Lama on his birthday and giving information about it publicly is in a way India’s message to China. PM Modi called the Dalai Lama and congratulated him on his birthday, is there a message for China?