Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a ropeway that will link this town with the uphill quaint town of McLeodganj, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
The ropeway would be constructed with an outlay of Rs.1.5 crore within two years. It would be 1,638 meters long with a capacity to transport 1,000 people an hour.
An official statement said the ropeway would be executed by Dharamsala Ropeway Ltd, which was formed by TRIL Urban Transport Private Ltd and Power Himalayas.
Virbhadra Singh said the government was promoting alternative transportation like ropeway, particularly in major towns and tourist destinations so that vehicular pressure on roads is minimized.
McLeodganj has lured hundreds of thousands of tourists since Dalai Lama settled here in 1960 after fleeing his homeland. (IANS)(Photo: tibet.net)
The Dalai Lama has clearly stated that the practice of caste system is against religious beliefs of the individual
Speaking in Padum, Zanskar for the Avalokiteshvara, he urged the people to stop this practice
The caste system is a failed aspect of the feudal system in India, which no longer exists
New Delhi, August 10, 2017: Speaking to his devotees at Padum, Zanskar for the Avalokiteshvara, His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained how caste system is a practice that discriminates against the individual’s religious beliefs.
The Dalai Lama also urged the people to stop using this practice. He explained that the practice of caste differentiation was an aspect of the feudal Indian society, which no longer prevails.
Caste system goes against religion. In fact, no religion in the world promotes or encourages caste differences.
The Tibetan spiritual leader reminded us that the feudal system was beaten by a democratic system. It is the high time people realize this.
He continued that just because one is from low class does not mean we should discriminate against them. No religion teaches that. Love is a common universal philosophy propagated by every religion. Gautam Budha was against discrimination 2,600 years before the caste system was even established!
The spiritual leader went on to say that practicing caste system is an open declaration of being against the Buddha and Dalai Lama.
More than 10,000 people attended the talk at Photang Teaching Ground, with many visitors from different parts of Ladakh and Zanskar. The devotees of the Dalai Lama offered long life prayers afterward in a ceremony called Tenshug.
It is estimated that more than 260 million people all over the world suffer from caste discriminatory practices, the majority of these people being in South Asia. The Dalits from India are often cited as the most familiar example. But caste system also exists in the Middle East, Pacific, and African regions.
The discriminated caste is subjected to inhuman conditions of economics and politics. The Dalits, for example, live in severe poverty and are more commonly identified as ‘untouchables’ in India. The dirty and ‘looked-down-upon’ jobs are mostly given to the Dalits.
Even when it comes to distribution of wealth and access to resources, the Dalits are served last.
Thus, the Dalai Lama’s powerful words against caste system were much needed. The message of peace and harmony was important, especially coming from a popular spiritual leader- the Holiness himself.
– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
Dharamsala, May 31, 2017: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has offered prayers for the victims of floods in Sri Lanka and financial assistance for the relief and rescue work there, a statement said on Wednesday.
In a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Dalai Lama expressed sympathy for the loss of life and damage to the property.
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“I offer my condolences,” he wrote, “and prayers for all the families who have lost loved ones or have been affected by this devastating natural disaster. As a token of my sympathy and concern, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust to make a donation to the relief and rescue work.”
The UN said based on previous emergencies, drinking water and non-food items were identified as immediate needs by the National Disaster Relief Services Centre in the island-nation.
It was the worst flooding in Sri Lanka since 2003 that claimed more than 180 lives. A total of 545,243 people were affected by the disaster. (IANS)
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