Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Dalai Lama on his 86th birthday on Twitter on Tuesday, with the public message being seen by some as a signal to China amid the protracted impasse on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“Spoke on phone to His Holiness the @DalaiLama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday. We wish him a long and healthy life,” Modi tweeted. The Dalai Lama's office acknowledged the contact, but neither party provided any information about the chat.
Khandu, whose state is claimed by China, said in a tweet: On the joyous occasion of His Holiness the 14th #DalaiLama’s birthday, my warmest wishes to the apostle of peace, beacon of hope & light to the world. I pray with the deepest reverence for your excellent health & long life. May we all continue to be blessed by your love & affection.”
The Dalai Lama thanked the affection and emotional intimacy given to him because of many individuals in a video greeting sent on his birthday.
“I want to express my deep appreciation [to] all of my friends who have really shown me love, respect and trust...For myself, I can assure you that for the rest of my life, I’m committed to serving humanity and working to protect the climate condition,” he said.
Since becoming a fugitive and settling in India in 1959, the Dalai Lama has "taken full advantage of India's freedom and religious peace," he added.
He added, “I want to assure you that for the rest of my life, I’ll be fully committed to this work. I fully appreciate the Indian concept of secular values, not dependent on religion, such as honesty, karuna (compassion), and ahimsa (non-violence).”
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