"His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been invited to attend S. Nijalingappa memorial function at Chitraduga 500 Kilometers from Bangalore on coming Saturday." Said Tashi Phuntsok, the chief representative of Central Tibetan Administration in South India (CTA).
It is said that Mr. Nijalingappa was the first Karnataka chief minister, and the one who initially welcomed the Tibetan refugees into Karnataka state.
The address at the college will be followed by a public talk on "Finding Happiness in Troubled Times," organized by the Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and Choe Khor Sum Ling at the National College Ground, Basanavagudi in the afternoon.
Being asked, how the idea of inviting Dalai Lama came up, Dr. (Fr.) Ambrose Pinto, the principal of St. Joseph College said that the Dalai Lama is the symbol of love and peace and a universal leader.
"Our college is open for all communities irrespective of sex, caste, color, race and nationality, and we have 116 Tibetan students in our college as of now, " The principal said. "Supporting Dalai Lama means denouncing the oppression, and suppression, and as well as announcing hope, determination, and brotherhood."
"Entry for the talk at both the places in the city on Sunday is open for all, and after the talk, His Holiness will leave for Mungud; one of the biggest Tibetan refugee settlements in India." Said Tashi Phuntsok.
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