The government of Punjab is planning to invite the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and Pope for an inauguration event later this year. This year marks the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev.
In an informal interaction with reporters, Punjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the Dalai Lama, 84, a globally revered figure and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, will be among a host of religious and spiritual leaders who will be invited to join the celebrations in November.
Punjab government is planning to extend their invitations to a host of spiritual leaders from different religions such as Pope, Shahi Imam of Delhi, Shankaracharya among many others to the celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November this year.
“Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will be among a host of dignitaries who will be invited to join the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, Punjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said here on Friday.” said the report on The Tribune.
According to the Times of India report, the state government is planning to inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor along the Pakistan border in the presence of these spiritual leaders, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Although it is evident that Chinese has been pressurising world leaders from meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, India maintained their stand on His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a revered spiritual leader. While Narendra Modi since holding the office of Prime Minister of India never met with the Tibetan leader, it is now to be seen whether this historic event brings the two together.