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Karmapa rally on September 26

September 19, 2010

Voice of Sikkim / The Telegraph (india)
September 18, 2010

Gangtok, Sept. 17 -- Thousands of supporters of
Orygen Trinley Dorjee will congregate here on
September 26, demanding that the Centre allow him
to take over his throne as the 17th Karmapa at Rumtek monastery.

Dorjee has the backing of the Dalai Lama who
endorses him as the 17th Karmapa of the Dharma Chakra Centre.

"It has been 10 years since the 17th Gyalwang
Karmapa had come to India from Tibet, but still
he is not allowed to enter Sikkim even though he
was allowed to visit Bokar monastery in Mirik,
which is very close to Sikkim. We want to know
from the Centre whether we are part of India. If
we are a part of India, he should be allowed to
come and sit on his throne," said K.N. Topden, a
spokesperson for the Karmapa Reception Committee.

He said a number of memorandums had been sent to
the Union home ministry and the Prime Minister’s
Office with the request to bring back the
Karmapa, but no response had come. “We do not
know the reason for the Centre’s stand.”

A pamphlet issued by the committee to the people
asking them to join the rally read: "The
government of India must repose trust and
confidence in the people of Sikkim. It has been
10 years since the Karmapa fled Tibet and took
refuge in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. We have waited long enough."

According to Topden, representatives of all 65
monasteries registered with the state government,
monks and preachers from all faiths will join the
congregation that could swell to over 50,000.

"The rally will be silent and the people will
carry placards. We want to send a message to the
Centre that the demand is not from a handful of
people writing memorandums but the entire
population of Sikkim, whose patience is running out,” said Topden.

On the controversy over who is the rightful
claimant to the throne of the Kagyug sect of
Tibetan Buddhism, Topden said the chapter was
closed. “The Dalai Lama has endorsed Dorjee as the head of the sect.”

On September 26, the rally will begin at 10.30am
from the Guards Ground here and proceed to
Mintokgang (the chief minister’s official
residence) where a memorandum will be submitted
to Pawan Chamling. “The Sikkim government has
been very supportive to our cause, the chief
minister has also written to the Centre on this issue," Topden said.
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