By Tenzin Sangmo
His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the audience at the Thank You Karnataka program in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India on August 10, 2018. PC - dalailama.com
DHARAMSHALA, July 29: The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama today congratulated B.S. Yediyurappa, who after winning trust vote in Karnataka Assembly today, became the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.
“I trust that under your leadership the people of Karnataka will see prosperity and progress,” he wrote. “I particularly hope that you will strive to improve the lives of the less privileged people in the State.”
He then mentioned how in the last 60 years in exile, the state had hosted “perhaps the largest number among Tibetans in exile” at 30,000 people scattered in five major refugee settlements established in the 1960s and 1970s.
“In fact, I attended a special function in Bengaluru last year to thank the state of Karnataka and its people for their friendship and support.”
His Holiness said he is proud of having the main Centres of Learning, based on the Nalanda Tradition of Ancient Indian Wisdom, re-established in Karnataka.
He said it was made possible mainly due to the most generous response from the then state Chief Minister S. Nijalingappa to an appeal by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
He recalled having first met Nijalingappa on the former’s visit to India in 1956.
“May I, therefore, take this opportunity to express again, through you, our deep appreciation to the government and people of Karnataka, for the warm and friendly support shown Tibetans who have been settled there.”
His Holiness concluded his letter by wishing the Chief Minister every success in meeting whatever challenges may lie ahead.
“Winning the trust vote is, taking one more step closer towards a stable and strong administration. Will uphold the trust by ensuring transparent and accountable governance. I would like to thank the citizens, MLAs and each and every BJP Karyakartha for the trust placed in me,” the new CM tweeted.
The Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Pema Jungney also congratulated the new CM on behalf of all Tibetans. “We hope you will continue to support our cause and assist Tibetans in your state during your tenure as Chief Minister,” he wrote.