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Dalai Lama extends wishes to new British PM Rishi Sunak

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Rishi Sunak becomes the next British Prime Minister (Photo/Twitter)

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 25: The recent turn of events at London’s 10 Downing Street has left Britain’s political scene astir, as Indian origin UK MP Rishi Sunak became the next Prime Minister following the resignation by Liz Truss after just 45 days in office. The exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with leaders from around the globe welcomed the next Prime Minister of Britain.

As the Tibetan leader congratulated the 42-year-old Sunak, he also expressed gratitude to the British government, “May I take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the people of Great Britain for their consistent support for the Tibetan people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity.”

The octogenarian leader called upon the people to be united as he recalled his visit to Britain, “In today’s highly interdependent world, what happens in one part of the world affects us all. I therefore wish you every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of the United Kingdom, and in working to build a more peaceful world.” The Conservative politician was appointed the next leader as rival Penny Mordaunt failed to secure the required 100 nominations, which paved the way for the youngest leader of the country.

US President Joe Biden on Monday said that “it matters” that a child of Indian immigrants rise to the highest political office in the UK. “Pretty astounding! A ground breaking milestone! And it matters, it matters,” he went to praise the young politician’s ascent to the PM office.  

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Sunak is a “living bridge” as he sent his special wishes on Diwali, a day of Hindu celebration . “As you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely together on global issues, and implementing Roadmap 2030. Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership,” Modi tweeted on Tuesday.  

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  1. Rishi Sunak becoming the Prime Minister of United Kingdom has warmed the cockles of many hearts in India and the Indian diaspora at large. Tibetans born or grew up in India would also share the same sentiment because of our love for India. It’s an historic milestone for such a young man to take the top job of ruling Great Britain. It speaks volumes about British democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech! In totalitarian China, occupied people like Tibetans and Uyghurs are erased as distinct people with their unique language, religion, culture and identity. While in the democratic west every individual has the right to hold the highest office of the land even though they are minorities in the land. Rishi Sunak’s ascendency to the highest office of the United Kingdom is as important and significant as Obama becoming the President of the United States of America in 2008! This shows clearly that the democracies with their human rights not only protect the rights of the individuals but also respect the right of every citizen to realise their full potential in the exercise of their right to full participation in quest of greatness and innate capability with dignity. By comparison totalitarian China suppresses human potential and instead indulge in indoctrination and dehumanisation of so called minorities in order to vacuum clean their unique identities, cultures and religion. The 90% Han reap the benefit of plundering the resources of occupied nations like Tibet while the Tibetan people are left high and dry in their own country. Even the Panchen Lama Choekyi Nyima said, “what Beijing takes away from Tibet far outweigh their subsidies to Tibet”!
    The fact that an Indian origin, British born Rishi Sonak is propelled to such dizzying heights shows the superiority of the democratic system which doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race or religion and that every individual has the right to aspire to the highest echelons of political power! In communist China woman and ethnic groups are treated as second class citizens. There is not a single woman among the 24 Member Politburo let alone among the seven men politburo who hold the highest executive power. Nobody would ever forget the chained woman who is said to have given birth to seven children! She was in fact a girl who was kidnapped and trafficked for sexual slavery under the nose of the Chinese communist officials who were in cahoots with the human traffickers! Who can ignore criminal thugs viciously beating innocent women for protesting against their unwanted sexual advances on them? This is what’s happening to women in communist China! Human potential is stunted through suppression of independent thought and intellectual curiosity.
    The day Rishi Sunak became the youngest British PM in two hundred years was also significant because it was on Diwali day, the festival of lights! There is much to celebrate this time around for India and India supporters because on the eve of Diwali, India won a nail biting T20 World Cup cricket match against arch rival Pakistan! India were just 30 runs with four wickets gone and defeat was staring down the barrel at this stage! Virat Kohli strode with his swagger and single-handedly powered one of the most spectacular wins of his life! He scored 82 against Pakistan which helped India to victory from the jaws of defeat at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in front of an estimated 100,000 spectators! His wife Anuksha Sharma said in an instagram, “it was the greatest game” he played as far as she was concerned. Many would agree. Even Pakistan’s pace man Shoab Akhtar commented, “According to me, he played the greatest innings of his life against Pakistan”! It brought great joy to millions of Indians and India supporters across the world!

  2. Larry the 10 Downing Street cat is contemplating the trinity of Vishnu, Krishna and Shiva and hoping no dogs come into the residence.

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