Joint Action Committee (JAC) and Karmapa Reception Committee (KAC) organized a press conference to thank Government of India for making 17th Karmapa free from all allegations that were hovering around for past few days.
They also expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister, P. Chidambaram and Home Secretary, G.K. Pillai, for the swift, fair and conclusive decision in this matter.
Mrs. Spalzes Angmo, member of National Commission for Minorities was also thanked for her consistent support and tireless efforts.
T. Lanchungpa, spokesperson, JAC said “It is now clear that our Karmpa Trinley Dorjee is not a Chinese spy. I congratulate local media of Sikkim who were very supportive throughout this period and constructive in their reporting”.
The Press conference was called on the basis of reports coming from national media that Government of India has given a clean chit to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. There has been no notification given by GOI on the Karmapa issue. It’s the media that revealed that Karmapa was given a clean chit.
Sonam Topden, General Secretary asserted that “we have not been in touch with Government and neither received any information from them. But, we are in touch with the delegation that went to meet Home Secretry, G.K Pillai. That delegation confirmed to us that Home Secretary mentioned to them that Karmapa is clear from all the allegations”.
On the issue of what will be the next steps of JAC and KRC, T. Lanchungpa mentioned that “Since everything is pretty clear now our efforts will be in a direction to bring H.H 17th Karmapa back to Rumtek”.
Clarification on the statements, made by Shamar Rinpoche in his Interview to isikkim.com was also made in press conference. “Shamar said that Government of India is not in favour of Ogyen Trinley Dorje to hold the seat at Rumtek. No governmental official has made such statement till now. From where did he get to know this is something which nobody knows” said Sonam Topden.
All Sikkim Buddhist Organisation along with JAC and KRC has urged Government of India to lift all restrictions and allow His Holiness the Karmapa to travel freely around the country and abroad.
The conference was attended by the JAC President, K. Sherpa, KRC General Secretary, K.T Bhutia, members of Gurung association, Tamang association and Ladies Sikkim Buddhist association “Machi Rime”.
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February 19, 2011 at 11:49 am
Thank you for the very informative article. There was only one thing I stumbled about: You wrote “Shamar said that Government of India is not in favour of Trinley Dorje to hold the seat at Rumtek.”
“Trinley” and “Dorje” are two parts of their name that His Holiness Karmapa and the other claimant have in common. Maybe it would be could to correct that to avoid confusion amongst people who are not so familiar with the issue.
February 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Your points are well taken. To get familiar with this issue you can go thru some of the stories done by us to know more on this.
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February 19, 2011 at 11:52 am
Sorry! The last sentence must read “Maybe it would be GOOD to correct…” of course.
February 21, 2011 at 4:09 am
I agree with Gita.
It will help everyone if Joint Action Committee (JAC) and Karmapa Reception Committee (KAC) and ALL supporters of HH Orgyen Trinley Dorje ALWAYS clearly name His Holiness 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje by his full name to avoid any conflict and misunderstanding.
February 22, 2011 at 6:03 am
When sharmapa opens his mouth to reflect on what he says is Indian government’s view is not in favor of HH Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje (there is really only one Karmapa to most) taking the seat at Rumtek he may know something we don’t and judging from the needless and unfair antics of media and some of the HP authorities i believe there is some sinister plot at work here and investigators from central government should be swift and decisive in determining the truth. Failure to take such a matter seriously and letting this media circus continue may smack of prejudice, indifference or worse possible involvement in this plot.
I think sharmapa has been going to HK with the thaye claimant soliciting some chinese funds. Investigation in that direction should yield some results.
OI visit HH Karmapa in India and it the ONLY reason I go there now I think many like myself will try to restrict or even boycott our peripheral sightseeing so as not to give the country any extra tourist dollars as they clearly cannot discern right from wrong. The whole debacle is transparent to all of the free world and only people with vested interest can possibly think otherwise.
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