Gangtok-Salugara march to mark Panchen Lama birth anniversary

of Tibetan community of Gangtok
Fri, Apr 26, 2019

To mark the 30th birth anniversary of the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet, around 250 members of Tibetan community of Gangtok marched on foot from the State capital to Salugara monastery, Siliguri today morning.
The All India Peace March was organised by Tibetan Women's Association (Central) seeking release of the Panchen Lama who was abducted by Chinese government along with his parents when he was just 6 years old. Similar marches are been carried out in other parts of the country, it was informed.
The march began from Chokasum hall, Gangtok and will conclude in Salugara monastery, Siliguri in the next five days and a ceremony will be held on the sixth day at Salugara itself. The marchers aim to cover at least 25 km a day.
“Today is both a day of joy and grief for us. Through this march, we want to appeal to the international community on the injustice done to Panchen Lama and the Tibetans by the Chinese government. We also want to pressurise them to release the Panchen Lama who was recognised by the Dalai Lama. We urge the Indian government and Tibet groups to pressurise the Chinese government to reveal about the whereabouts and condition of Panchen Lama immediately,” said Tshering Choezem, general secretary of Tibetan Women's Association.
In Tibet, Panchen Lama is considered as the second highest monk after the Dalai Lama and over centuries they have played a vital role in the selection process of reincarnation of Dalai Lama.

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