BJP MP Kishan Kapoor demands Bharat Ratna to Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday
Congratulates HH the Dalai Lama on his birthday
Dharamshala: BJP MP of Lok Sabha from Kangra-Chamba constituency, Kishan Kapoor has requested the Government of India to confer India's highest civilian honour "Bharat Ratna" to the Nobel Peace laureate Dalai Lama. He said that it will be the best gift of the Government of India to the Tibetan leader HH The Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday.
Kishan Kapoor congratulated HH the Dalai Lama on his birthday on Monday at Dharamshala and said, “It is a matter of great fortune for the people of the state, especially the people of my constituency, that the Dalai Lama, after the exile from Tibet, settled in McLeodganj, where He established the government of Tibet in exile too. The Headquarters of Tibetan refugees have been built in Dharamshala and the Dalai Lama also seated here.”
Supporting the granting of complete independence to Tibet, MP Kishan Kapoor said that the way China has taken over this peace-loving Himalayan country by doing excesses with the people of Tibet is unfortunate. He said that China is habitual of seizing neighbouring countries that is why it is claiming the Russian state of Vladivostok after nearly 150 years of its treaty and is also inviting enmity with Russia. He said that China should come forward to resolve the border dispute without violence, like a good neighbour, and hand over Tibet to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Shanta Kumar, a senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, had in April 2019 submitted to the Union Government a letter signed by the MPs of several political parties, recommending Bharat Ratna for Dalai Lama.
“I feel more and more that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama should be given the Bharat Ratna,” Nirupama Rao, former Foreign Secretary, posted on Twitter, just days after the Indian Army and the Chinese PLA soldiers had a clash at Galwan Valley.
On 30 March 2019, Ramachandra Guha, a Gandhian historian, wrote an article arguing that India should affirm their respect for the Dalai Lama by openly honouring him with Bharat Rattan , counted as India’s highest civil honour. On 12 April 2019, former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi published a lengthy article in the newspaper demanding the awarding of the Bharat Ratna to the Dalai Lama.
on April 6, 2017, Lhundup Chosang, the regional head of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Arunachal Pradesh told reporters, “the Dalai Lama deserves the Bharat Ratna as he has said that he is a son of India and feels honoured to be the longest-serving guest of this great country.” The RSS in Arunachal Pradesh even submitted a plea to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, signed by 25,000 of this campaign’s supporters. And many more leaders and organisations demanded it.
From 1954 to 2019, the Indian government conferred 48 Bharat Ratna awards. The recipients were primarily politicians and freedom fighters, and have included two foreign recipients, Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Nelson Mandela, and one naturalised citizen, Mother Teresa. However, the government has never conferred the award on any religious leader.