In what would be a dagger in the heart of neighbors China, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the unthinkable by calling up Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama on his 86th birthday to wish him a ‘long, healthy life’.
In light of the recent events that include last year’s long stand-off in eastern Ladakh, India and China have really remained thorns in each other’s paths, and despite diplomatic talks showing otherwise, clearly do not consider each other very close friends.
China, regardless of what its relations are with India, has occupied and ruled Dalai Lama’s Tibet since 1951, in what is considered “a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their (Tibet’s) national and cultural identities.”
Earlier, due to the pressure of China, India had been forced to abide by China’s ‘One China Policy’, however, things have obviously not stayed normal between the two sides ever since the Galwan Valley clash broke out in eastern Ladakh.
And now, it looks like India might have finally found out a way to ruffle Chinese President Xi Jinping by following the ancient proverb that goes like,
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
In what will certainly have political ramifications for India, PM Modi on Tuesday (July 06) rang up the Dalai Lama to speak to him on his birthday. Soon after the call, PM Modi took to Twitter to share the news as well.
Spoke on phone to His Holiness the @DalaiLama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday. We wish him a long and healthy life.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 6, 2021
As per a source from Dharamsala speaking to Hindustan Times, the Dalai Lama was absolutely delighted to get the call from the Indian Prime Minister, with whom he spoke for a period of around 20 minutes.
During his address on his birthday, the spiritual leader thanked people across the world for wishing him and said that he has taken full advantage of India’s freedom as well as religious harmony and is committed to reviving ancient Indian knowledge.
Soon after the news broke out of a relationship brewing between PM Modi and Dalai Lama, probably at the expense of China, people could not hold back from taking to Twitter to share their reactions.
One person questioned whether it was the first time in seven years that PM Modi had publicly acknowledged speaking with the spiritual leader. “Is this the first time PM Modi as Prime Minister has publicly acknowledged speaking with the Dalai Lama since 2014? I can’t seem to recall this happening previously. In any case, the messaging to China is significant.” he tweeted.
Is this the first time PM Modi as Prime Minister has publicly acknowledged speaking with the Dalai Lama since 2014? I can’t seem to recall this happening previously. In any case, the messaging to China is significant. https://t.co/77rlSaUHmd
— Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) July 6, 2021
Another user wrote that that PM Modi might be playing 5D chess with this change in foreign policy. “A significant change in Foreign Policy of India this wrt One China Policy. It was expected last year, 20 days after Galwan clash but didn’t happen, this year it has. Nice. Thanks, Prime Minister”
A significant change in Foreign Policy of India this wrt One China Policy. It was expected last year, 20 days after Galwan clash but didnt happen, this year it has.
Nice. Thanks, Prime Minister
— Kartik Bhasin 🇮🇳 (@indianpolymath) July 6, 2021
Other tweets went somewhat like this:
Prime Minister @narendramodi
and various union ministers are wishing birthday to @DalaiLama
Is this a substantial change in India’s policy?
If it is,its a great move.
— Raj🇮🇳 (@The_Adig) July 6, 2021
Bahot der kar di sanam aate aate
Perhaps it cud have been done years ago
— आशीष गौतम Ashish Gautam🇮🇳 (@_AshishGautam) July 6, 2021
Thanks for posting this!! What a burn to China haha
— Ananya Priyadarshi (@Ananya_JaiHind) July 6, 2021
Isn’t this the first time PM modi is wishing Dalai Lama on his birthday?
My guess is that a war with China is inevitable and Dalai Lama’s message to Tibetans will help counter China during war.
— Ashwatthama (@_Ashwatthama_) July 6, 2021
Significant change from the policy of ‘no public greetings’ w.r.t. Dalai Lama ji followed by Modi ji after his summit meetings with Xi
— Raaz369 (@Redsun1947) July 6, 2021
Xi Jinping: This is your gift for Chinese communist party celebration. Enjoy
— Joy (@joyasian) July 6, 2021
On this Auspicious Birthday of H.H The 14 Dalai Lama, We Tibetans Thank you PM Modi and people of India for unshakable backbone for the Tibetans for past 60+ yrs, you gave us greatest gift , A gift of Freedom#Forever grateful
Longlive Dalai Lama #longlive IndiaTibetbrotherhood
— Geley10 (@Gelek43762503) July 6, 2021
And the reaction of Xi pic.twitter.com/xqg2ZeRT9G
— 🇨𝐲𝐛𝐞𝐫🇻𝐢𝐩𝐞𝐫™️ ͬ ͤ ᷮ ͦ ͬ ͭ ᷤ (@Kaala_Nag) July 6, 2021
— Benjamin (@TennysonBen_10) July 6, 2021
Thank you My PM
This was my first wish in morning https://t.co/Mb1kbMuXQP
— Tornado ️🇮🇳 (@TheTeamModi) July 6, 2021
Wish u a lovely birthday pic.twitter.com/RmWyFpYotI
— Kishore Chandra Behera (@Kishore82169103) July 6, 2021