His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. Photo: File

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Dharamshala, India — On the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 71st birthday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet wished him long and healthy life and thanked India for its warm and generous hospitality to Tibetans.

On September 18, 2021, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a letter of congratulations to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 71st birthday, and said, “I offer my heartfelt greetings to you on your birthday. May you continue to live a long and healthy life.

“As someone who cares deeply about this country, I congratulate you on the growing confidence you have brought about, despite challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected people around the globe. As the most populous democratic nation in the world, India's success benefits not only the people of India, but also contributes to the development of the world as a whole,’’ His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.

“I am convinced that the age-old Indian traditions of doing no harm—ahimsa, backed by a compassionate motivation—karuna, are not only relevant but are necessary in today’s world. I also believe these principles can be readily combined with modern education for the wider benefit of humanity,’’ the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said.

“Whenever I have the occasion to do so, I regularly commend India for its robust democracy, its deeply rooted religious pluralism, and for its remarkable harmony and stability,” he added.

“For us Tibetans living in exile, India is not only our spiritual refuge, but for more than sixty-two years has also been our physical home. May I again take the opportunity to offer our deep gratitude to the Government and people of India for the warm and generous hospitality we have received,” the spiritual leader of Tibet wrote.

In conclusion, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama offered his prayers and good wishes to the Indian Prime Minister Modi.