By Tenzin Dharpo
Narendra Modi, then CM of Gujarat with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in an undated photo
DHARAMSHALA, May 24: The exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has congratulated the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following Bharitiya Janata Party’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections or the lower house of India's parliament.
The Tibetan leader who has been a refugee in India for over six decades wrote to PM Modi, “It fills me with admiration and pride to see India, the world's largest democracy, emerging as a leader in the community of nations. I pray you will be successful in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of India.
The Dalai Lama who calls himself a son of India said that the Nalanda tradition which originated in India is the beacon of Tibetan Buddhism. “We Tibetans have tremendous respect for India as the source of our spiritual culture. The traditions of Nalanda University brought to Tibet in the eighth century have had a powerful impact on our development. Until the light (knowledge) was brought from India, Tibet, even as the Land of Snows, remained in the dark.
“Last month marked the 60th anniversary of our life in exile. I would like to take this opportunity to express the Tibetan people's immense gratitude to the Government and people of India. It is due to India's consistent generosity and kindness to us that we have been able to preserve our ancient cultural heritage in exile,” the Tibetan leader further wrote in the congratulatory letter.”
The Indian PM Narendra Modi’s party BJP won more that 303 seats of the total 543 seats of India’s lower house of the parliament.
The victory is seen by many as an irrefutable mandate of India’s middle class and Hindu majority population. The BJP is set to form a one-party government after securing well over the necessary majority of 272 seats. The nearest opposition party, the Indian National Congress only secured 53 seats so far, with less than 10 seat’s official count yet to be released.