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Thousands march demanding return of Karmapa to Rumtek

September 28, 2010

IBN Live
September 26, 2010

Gangtok, Sep 26 (PTI) -- Thousands of people
under the banner of Karmapa Reception Committee
(KRC) today marched through the roads of the
Sikkim capital demanding that Gyalawa Karmapa,
Ogyen Trinley Dorjee be brought back to his
throne at Rumtek Monastery. People from all walks
of life - youth, elderly and monks under the
banner of KRC marched through the streets and
then submitted a petition to the Governor B P
Singh with a copy to Chief Minister Pawan
Chamling, KRC sources said. The committee in its
memorandum has asked that the Karmapa be allowed
to assume his seat at Rumtek by 2011 as it is the
fundamental right of the people to worship. After
marching through the streets a meeting was held
at Paljor Stadium, KRC sources said. Karmapa
Ogyen Trinley Dorjee was only 14 years old when
he escaped from Chinese occupied Tibet Autonomous
Region [TAR]. It has been 10 long years that the
committee has been working to bring the Karmapa
back to his original throne at Rumtek Monastery.
The closest he has come to Sikkim is when he
visited Mirik Bokar Monastery in West Bengal a few years back.

The Union Home Ministry has not given permission
to the Karmapa to visit Gangtok, KRC sources added.
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