The Dalai Lama is a religious and spiritual icon who has inspired hundreds of thousands of people, outside his own community, to seek the true meaning of life; and he is a living reflection of the shared Buddhist heritage of India and its independent neighbour for centuries, Tibet.

Chairman Mao Zedong believed that Tibet was the ‘right palm of China’ while Ladakh, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal and Arunachal Pradesh are the ‘five fingers’. To fulfil his desire his forces brutally invaded Tibet on October 7, 1950. Honourable Dalai Lama and his followers left Tibet to save them from Chines military invasion. He came from Tibet to India as of a political asylum.

China confronted India with its invasion of Tibet, seriously endangering the stability of not just Tibet and India but the whole of Asia. Nehru limited India’s concerns to ensuring the safety and security of India, acceptance of Chinese claim over Tibet, and advancing friendship with China.

However, seventy years later, recognising Tibet as part of China has not ensured safety and security of India. India’s defeat with china in 1960 could not change the mindset of appeasement by successive governments. Even high defence spending has not reduced, we have no peace and tranquillity in the borders, China is not content with just having Tibet and is looking to “annex the five fingers of its right palm” and there is no lasting friendship. Even the Wuhan spirit is evaporating and current India-China faceoff is an eye opener.

Following is the statement of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on the occasion of the 84th Birthday Celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

July 6, 2019 |

It has been 60 years since Tibet was forcefully annexed by the communist government of China, resulting in His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans to flee into exile. The government and people of India with whom Tibet had deep cultural ties since ancient times, have been most generous in extending every possible assistance and facilities to the Tibetan people during this difficult time. Our feeling of gratitude to the central and state governments as well as the people of India knows no bounds. We also take the opportunity provided by this auspicious occasion to express our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of all the Tibetan people to the governments of countries, their leaders, civil society organizations as well as private individuals across the world who have lent support to the issue of Tibet.

Finally, we fervently pray that His Holiness the Dalai Lama may live for a hundred eons; that all his wishes may be seen fulfilled with spontaneity and in all speediness.

Their leaders, civil society organizations as well as private individuals across the world who have lent support to the issue of Tibet. 

The 14th Dalai Lama has been the spiritual leader of Tibet for more than 75 years. On July 6, the esteemed leader was turned 85 and his followers lined up global celebrations. His followers dedicated him the ‘Year of Gratitude’ where His Holiness’ teachings and lifework was promoted and celebrated. …

US Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster on Monday wished Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday.

“On behalf of the US government and the American people, we congratulate His holiness Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday. It is our privilege to work with His Holiness to advance the values that American and Tibetans share,” Juster tweeted. 

Besides Juster, several other leaders from around the world including US house Speaker Nancy Polesi, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, wished Dalai Lama on his birthday.

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav participated in two separate programmes held to mark the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday as well as the birth anniversary of Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee in Leh on Monday, ANI reported.

Ram Madhav


I used to visit Dharamshala on His Holiness’ birthday to pay my respects. Due to Corona the festivities are not taking place this year. Upon the request of the CTA, I sent the following message praying for long life to Holiness:


Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was also among those who wished the Dalai Lama,

Kiren Rijiju


On the auspicious occasion of the 85th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, I offer my deepest reverence, prayers, and wishes for his long and healthy life. His values and ideals are the guiding light towards love, peace and compassion for entire humanity.


Notably, the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur, also wished him and tweeted

Office of the Lt. Governor, Ladakh


This day marks the 85th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama @DalaiLama.

I pray for his good health and #longevity.In these difficult times, his spiritual leadership gives strength: Lt. Governor @R_K_Mathur.


The Congress on Monday greeted the Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday

Jairam Ramesh


The Dalai Lama is a youthful 85 today. We wish that he continues to inspire the world for many more years. He fled to India 61 years ago and on April 24 1959, Nehru spent 4 hours with him in Mussoorie. The verbatim record of their conversation is fascinating and is shared below (an old video attached) 


TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA, 外交部) tweeted a happy birthday message to the Dalai Lama on Monday.

“All the very best from Taiwan on this most auspicious of occasions. We pray for the happiness, good health and long life of his holiness,” the tweet said in a move that will further strain cross-strait relations.

On the 85th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama the BJP as well as the government played very carefully amid the ongoing India-China border tensions. While most of the senior party leaders including PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah remembered Syama Prasad Mookerjee, whose anniversary also fell on the day, the BJP fielded its General Secretary Ram Madhav as well as Arunachal CM Pema Khandu to wish the Dalai Lama.

Ramping up pressure in China, US lawmaker Scott Perry has introduced a bill in Congress on May 26, 2020, that would “authorize the President to recognise the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China as a separate independent country.” 

Perry, a military veteran and a Republican from Pennsylvania has introduced a similar bill for Hong Kong.

Both the bills have been referred to the House Committee on foreign Affairs amid rising tension between Washington and Beijing. Both major political parties are accusing each other of being soft on china.

The bills will have to pass the House and the Senate before it goes to the President to be signed into law to be meaningful-and even if it does there is little the US can do to force the issue. But such is the strain in US-China ties that the move sent a frisson of excitement through the world.

Very  sad that we lack the  moral and  political stature when other world leaders talk to the Dalai Lama without caring two hoots for the ego of Xi Jinping .One the hand we want to be  vishwaguru on the other we lack the  courage and  moral conviction to  greet a holy man who all his life  stood up  against a tyrannical  and  despotic  regime.

If India wishes to be considered a great power, it needs to display a greater degree of independence and not kowtow to Beijing. With rapid economic growth, a substantial military establishment and robust political institutions, India should stop behaving in a subservient fashion and forthrightly stand up and defend certain inalienable rights of the Tibetan minority in its midst—rights that should obtain in any humane and democratic state.