By Tenzin Monlam
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with New Vice Presiden of India M Venkaiah Naidu at National Women’s Parliament in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh on 10 February 2017. Photo-OHHDL_TenzinChoejor
DHARAMSHALA, August 7: The Tibetan Spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Dr. Lobsang Sangay have congratulated the new Vice President elect of India, M Venkaiah Naidu.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in his letter to him said, “I am confident that Shri Venkaiah Naidu’s years of experience in public life will serve him well as he takes up the important constitutional role of Vice President. I wish him every success in tackling whatever challenges lie ahead.”
The Dalai Lama also recalled a fond meeting with the new VP-elect in February at the National Women's Parliament 2017 in Vijayawada.
CTA President Dr. Lobsang Sangay with Venkaiah Naidu. Photo-Tibet.net
“This year marks the 58th year of our life in exile. Thanks to the generosity and hospitality of the Government and people of India, more than 130,000 Tibetans have made India their home. It is natural that we too take pride in the progress India has made in sustaining prosperity and development while holding fast to its democratic principles,” the 82 year old Tibetan leader wrote.
Sikyong Lobsang Sangay in his congratulatory letter said, “The VP of India is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Therefore, your role is significant because the Rajya Sabha is increasingly asserting its authority in law-making particularly in the last three years of Indian politics.”
He further expressed his confidence that Naidu’s years of experience will ‘act as an important determinant of India’s democratic functioning to address appropriate checks and balance, and set a benchmark for non-partisan conduct, adding prestige to the constitutional role of Vice President.’
“We wish you the very best in your new role as the Vice-President of India and trust that you will use your good offices to sustain India’s long standing support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan people and to amicably resolve the issue of Tibet through the Middle Way Approach,” he said.
Former Union minister and Veteran BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu was elected the 15th Vice-President of India on August 5.