Himachal Assembly Honours His Holiness the Dalai LamaMonday, 22 December 2008, 5:38 p.m.
|(From Right in the front row) Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr Tulsi Ram, speaker of Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh and Mrs Vidya Stokes, leader of Congress legislative party watches a cricket match between Chief Minister’s XI and Governor’s XI at the international stadium near Dharamshala on 17 December 2008.|
Dharamshala: At the invitation of the speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the assembly complex and attended a tea reception hosted in his honour on 17 December.His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit coincided with the winter session of the state assembly, which was held from 11 to 18 December at Tapovan, near Dharamshala. During the visit, His Holiness met with Assembly Speaker, Tulsi Ram, chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, former chief minister, Virbhadra Singh and Congress legislative party leader Vidya Stokes. Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, speaker and deputy speaker, standing committee members of the Tibetan Parliament were also present.
|Speaker Tulsi Ram (1st R in the front row), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2nd R), Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal (3rd R) pose for group photo with the players ahead of the match.|
On 28 August 2006, the state assembly formed the Himachal Pradesh Legislature Forum for Tibet, to garner support for the Tibetan cause and strengthen friendship between Indian and Tibetan peoples. Following his visit to the assembly, His Holiness inaugurated a cricket match between Chief Minister’s XI and Governor’s XI at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Stadium near Dharamshala.The members of state assembly, local Indian administration, speaker and deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, members of Tibetan Parliament, Justice Commissioners, members of the Kashag were present at the occasion.The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile hosted a luncheon reception in honour of the members of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.In his brief address, His Holiness expressed his gratitude to government of India and the people of India for providing warm hospitality to the Tibetan people and constant support for the Tibetan cause.Talking to reporters, His Holiness said that non-violence is the biggest strength of Indian culture and India should spread out this ancient culture of peace, religious tolerance and non- violence as these values are more relevant in this strife-torn world, the All India Radio reported.Appreciating the model of democracy adopted by India, His Holiness said that this system paves the way for justice for the people.