Jantar Mantar dharna demands Karmapa entry to Sikkim - STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Very few issues from this tiny Himalayan State of Sikkim reach the national captial’s famous protest site, Jantar Mantar. “Karmapa to Simmim,” a day-long peace dharna at Jantar Mantar today became one such issue which focused on the 17th Karmapa’s entry to Sikkim.
Hundreds of monks from different monasteries of the state staged the peaceful dharna to demand entry of the Gyalwa Karmapa to Sikkim.
Sikkim has been demanding entry of Ogyen Trinley Dorjee to take his seat as the 17th Karmapa at the Rumtek Dharma Chakra. The state government along with various apolitical organizations, has placed similar demands with the Centre over the years. The dharna was also attended by representatives of various political parties including Janata Dal (United), Sikkim Sangram Parishad, Bhartiya Janata Party, Akhil Bharatiya Vyapar Mahasabha, and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha. Representatives of various NGOs including Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee, National Sikkimese Bhutia Organisation (NASBO 371), Monks of Sikkim, and Bhutia Lepcha Protection Force (BLPF), also attended the programme.
Oppositions Sikkim Krantikar Morcha President, PS Golay and MLA Kunga Nima Lepcha also shared the stage with students and monks. The Sikkim student’s Union of New Delhi volunteered the entire proceedings. “The dharna started exactly at 10 AM with offering of the Tashi Gyepa (auspicious prayers) by the monks,” said Sangha MLA Sonam Lama under whose guidance the dharna was initiated.
“Needless to mention here that a generation of Sikkimese is on the verge of declining, but without their Guru, His Holiness the Karmapa, amongst them in Sikkim as their spiritual head. The aspiration of the Sikkimese people have always been too simple. They only want the Indian Government’s permission to facilitate His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim for a few days, ” Mr. Lama said.
“Given the multiple complexities involved in the matter, we never approached the Indian Government, claiming for his permanent stay in Sikkim, but rather, pressing and pleading only for his brief visit to bless the land and its inhabitants in accordance with the Buddhist tradition,” he added.
“Pertinently, Sikkim Assembly has already unanimously adopted two Resolutions in 2014 requesting the Union to allow His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim.
“The dharna will continue till tomorrow and will end with offering of tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Raj Ghat,” added Mr. Lama.