Dharamshala, India — On the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to him offering his best wishes and prayers for his continued good health and said, "India's strong democratic foundation is an example of peace and stability."
“It is wonderful, that India has successfully met the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Although we have not seen the complete end to it, India today is better placed to address similar challenges in the future," His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote.
“As the longest-staying guest in India, I have observed its development first hand. Now the country is also a rising economic power and a leader in science and technology," the spiritual leader of Tibet said.
“India’s strong democratic foundation is an example of peace and stability. Having one of the youngest populations is an asset that will enable further development and the fulfilment of positive aspirations. I am delighted to say India is poised to assume its rightful place in the world," His Holiness mentioned.
“I have great admiration for the way Mahatma Gandhi made the age-old practice of ‘ahimsa’ appreciated across the world. May I reiterate that on my part, in addition to seeking to promote this principle wherever possible, I am deeply committed to creating greater awareness of the power of ‘karuna’ to help us all lead a happy and meaningful life. These values are treasures from the Indian tradition," the Nobel laureate said.
“Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to express deep gratitude to the government and people of India for the warm and generous hospitality we Tibetans have enjoyed since we were forced into exile in 1959,” the spiritual leader of Tibet concluded his letter.