New Delhi: The President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr. Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday called on Shri. Mahesh Sharma, Hon. Minister of Culture, Government of India, at his office at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
Sikyong led a delegation from the Department of Religion and Culture, CTA and called on the Minister to strengthen ties and cement relationships between the Cultural Ministry, Government of India and the Department of Religion & Culture, CTA.
Keeping in view the importance of religion and culture, both the leaders discussed about the ancient cultural ties and current bonds that India and Tibet shares and agreed to work closely to preserve and promote Tibetan Buddhism based on the Nalenda tradition.
Sikyong congratulated Minister Sharma on the successful organizing of the International Buddhist Conference held at Rajgir in March this year where His Holiness the Dalai Lama graced the conference as the Chief Guest.
Sikyong apprised the Hon. Minister about the state of affairs in the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India: 262 monasteries catering to educational and living needs of over 35,000 monks and 6000 nuns of which 67.5% are Indian citizens from the Himalayan region.
Sikyong sought Centre’s support in making the monasteries and nunneries in India beneficiaries of the Central Government’s projects, schemes and funding opportunities.
Minister Sharma assured that his ministry would look into the matter and positively consider the request.
While in Delhi, Sikyong also held high-level bilateral talks with prominent Indian leaders and intellectuals. Sikyong was invited as a guest at ‘India Foundation Dialogue’ featuring Richard Verma, former U.S Ambassador to India and Nisha Biswal, former US Assistant Secretary of Sate, M. J. Akbar, Indian Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs and Suresh Prabhu, Indian Minister for Railways.
Sikyong on Thursday left for Australia and New Zealand for a weeklong official visit.