DHARAMSALA, 18 April: Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) to held Peace March across India to commemorate the 30th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima.
“TWA will organize all India Peace March to mark the 30th birth anniversary of the 11th Panchen Lama on 25 April 2019,” Dolma Yangchen, the President of the organisation announced today at a press conference held at its headquarter.
“Since the day of his formal recognition as the 11th Panchen Lama by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 1995 and his abduction by the Chinese government within few days after the formal recognition, TWA have been relentlessly organizing multiple awareness campaigns and programs on both these days,” TWA said in their their press release as it announced its ‘Panchen Lama Peace March’ across India.
To commemorate the 11th Panchen Lama’s 30th birth anniversary, the Central and the regional chapters of TWA in India will hold a peace march from 5 different regions across India; Dharamsala to Chandigarh, Dehradun to New Delhi, Gangtok to Salugara, Nagpur to Chhattisgarh and Mysore to Banglore.
Around 900 TWA members will take part in the ‘Panchen Lama Peace March’ across India’, the organisation said.
Gendun Choekyi Nyima, born on 25 April 1989, in Lhari County in Nagchu region of eastern Tibet was recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama at the tender age of 6 on 14 May 1995.
Three days after his enthronement, the 11th Panchen Lama was kidnapped by the Chinese government and have been held captive since 17 May 1995, along with his family members.
Today the world’s youngest political prisoner has turned into one of the world’s longest-serving political prisoner and even after more than 23 years, the 11th Panchen Lama and his family’s whereabouts and condition still remains unknown. In his place, another child named Gyaltsen Norbu was appointed as the 11th Panchen Lama by the Chinese government.