Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama turned to 78. When Tibetan political status has not improved during his leadership and growing age of the spiritual leader raises different questions although it was foretold by the Dalai Lama himself to live till the age of 112.
The auspicious occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday has always been the most joyous and the blessed day for every Tibetan and “I am of no exception” said Yeshi Paljor doing computer engineering at KNS Institute of Technology, Bangalore. Another student Karma Ngawang Tsering studying in St.Aloysius College said “I never feel happier than His Holiness birthday.”
Like many other Tibetans, Geshi Jimpa of lower Sera Monastery, Bylakoppe, concerns about His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s health, said “His Holiness turns to 78 years old and it is time for him to get relieved from tied schedule visiting across the world”
Unlike any other leaders, the birthday of the Dalai Lama for Tibetans, is felt as a mixture of joys and emotionally sadness among Tibetans across the world. Tenzin Phuntsok, post graduated from Madras Christian College expressed a “mixture of joys and sadness”, he said that 6th July is a day of joys but growing age of His Holiness is matter of concern especially during a critical phase of Tibetan political juncture.
Jigme, a BBM student from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore, one of the younger generations of Tibetans who have never seen their motherland, said “this day is very important to me, his growing age reflects more responsibilities to be shouldering on younger generation of Tibetan.”
After a spate of self-immolations in Tibet tolling over 130 Tibetans since 2008, a Bangalore based journalist, Tendar Tsering said “It is not immoral to dance and hold celebrations amid of self-immolations but I am sure we can never entertain His Holiness the Dalai Lama as long as China’s policies inside Tibet keep forcing our fellow Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese government,” however, he said that celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday with traditional dances might be a token of Tibetans’ gratitude and wishing him “long and healthy life.”
As a leader of world peace and the noble laureate, he is respected by people from all around the world. Indian research scholar from Hydrabad University, Arnav Anjaria said that Tibetan political struggle echoes an egalitarian values and a vision of an ideal polity, qualities which HHDL himself reflects as revered spiritual entity and as a statesman, his Birthday is also a celebration of those values that he had stood by and seeks to propagate. He said “this day 6th July is another moment to reaffirm the faith with reverence for these principles”
Rashi Jauhri, an Indian Tibetan activist, graduated from St. Joseph College, Bangalore said “His Holinesses Birthday to me means as much as it does to any Tibetan, even though I’m an Indian. He’s a beacon of light and hope to all of us who’re working for Tibetans in Tibet.” She said that the day reminds her that there’s kindness in the world and that if we try enough, anything and everything is possible.