New Delhi : Deputy Speaker of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok attended the Memorial Meeting, held to honour and celebrate the life and work of late Sh. Satyaprakash Malaviya, former Union Minister of Petroleum, Chemicals and Parliamentary Affairs, on Thursday, Nov 15 at Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Hall, New Delhi.
The meeting commenced with the chanting of Buddhist prayers by Tibetan monks from Majnu-Ka-Tila Tibetan Settlement, Delhi. After that a short video on late Satya Prakash Malviya was shown to the audience to honour and celebrate his life and work.
Eulogizing the late Minister’s life and work, Deputy Speaker Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok said, ‘Late Sh. Satyaprakash Malaviya was a man, who not only revered and held in high esteem His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but also someone who has supported the cause and issues of Tibet wholeheartedly. He was a member of All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet (APIPFT) and had been President and Vice-President of India-Tibet Friendship Society (ITFS). He had always graced the programs related to Tibet’s cause with his presence, unfailingly and time and again, addressed and offered counsels on issues regarding Tibet. I personally got the opportunity to meet him for the first time in 1997 and from thereon, I have witnessed his support for the cause of Tibet continue, unabated. His demise is a great loss, not only for his family and India, but also an irreparable loss for the Tibetan struggle.‘
Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen, who has also attended the memorial, offered her panegyric by stating that she, on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration, pay deep respect to late Shri Satya Prakash Malviya, who was a staunch supporter of Tibet and actively advocated the cause of Tibet at various platforms for over several decades. She added that, ‘we have lost a long time friend and feel this great loss, deeply.’
The memorial meeting was also attended by various Indian leaders and staunch Tibet supporters such as Prof. Anand Kumar, Sh. Sharad Yadav (Loktantrik Janata Dal leader), Sh. Yashwant Sinha (Former External Affairs Minister, GoI), Sh. D.P.Tripathi (Member of Rajya Sabha), Sh. Neeraj Shekhar (Member of Rajya Sabha), Prof. Jain, Sh. Divendra (Former State Minister) and others.
The staffs from Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Representative Kasur Dongchung Ngodup, Secretary Tsering Dhundup, Tibetan Settlement Officer and Tibetans from Samyeling Tibetan Settlement, Majnu-Ka-Tila also attended the memorial meeting in large number to pay their final tribute to the late Shri Satya Prakash Malviya.
Around 300 people attended the memorial and paid their final respect to the late Shri Satya Prakash Malviya.