Recently, a controversial video involving the Dalai Lama went viral, causing many in the Ladakh region to come out in support of their spiritual leader. The video allegedly showed the Dalai Lama in poor light, leading to widespread criticism and outrage. However, it's important to note that the video was misinterpreted, causing a great deal of distress among the Tibetan community.
What was there in the video?
The viral video, which has been circulating on social media, shows the Dalai Lama interacting with a young Indian boy during an event in February. In the video, the boy asks for a hug from the spiritual leader, who then blesses him and asks him to kiss him on the cheek. The Dalai Lama then playfully sticks out his tongue and asks the boy to "suck my tongue."
Unfortunately, this innocent moment has been taken out of context and twisted into something much more sinister. People across the world are blaming the Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader for behaving inappropriately. These accusations are not only baseless but also deeply offensive to the Tibetan community, who hold the Dalai Lama in high regard.
Many people in the Ladakh region have come out in support of the Dalai Lama, with local organisations and residents taking to the streets to show their solidarity. Sonam Wangchuk, a prominent intellectual and innovator based in Ladakh, has also spoken out in defence of the spiritual leader.
Support for Dalai Lama
Many prominent figures also spoke out in support of the Dalai Lama, including Ladakh-based intellectual and innovator Sonam Wangchuk. In a video statement, Wangchuk expressed his disappointment with the controversy and urged people to understand that different cultures have different values. He also noted that the Dalai Lama is a playful person and that his actions were not intended to be harmful.
Wangchuk added that the controversy would harm the cause of peace and that people should spread his video to help others understand the Dalai Lama’s actions. The people of Ladakh have also called for solidarity with the Dalai Lama, requesting a city-wide shutdown on April 17.
Apology from Peepoye Family
As a member of Peepoye, we would like to extend our sincerest apologies to our friends, sisters, and brothers from Tibet who hold great regard for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. We understand that our recent video reaction to the controversial incident involving the Dalai Lama has caused hurt and distress to many.
We recognize that values, cultures, and perceptions vary across regions and countries, and we failed to take this into account when creating our video. It is our duty to provide an unbiased perspective, and we regret that we did not do so in this instance.
We also want to clarify that the incident in question has been widely misinterpreted due to the spread of half-baked and incomplete footage on social media. It is important to consider the cultural context of Tibet and the attitude of His Holiness in understanding the situation.
We acknowledge that China has never regarded His Holiness and has even gone so far as to call him a wolf in the clothes of a monk. However, His Holiness continues to reside in Dharamshala, India, due to his faith in the country and the support he has received from the Indian people.
We recognize that geopolitics and cross-politics have played a role in shaping public perception of the incident, and we apologize for any part we may have played in perpetuating this narrative. We hope to use this as an opportunity to learn and grow and to continue providing responsible and unbiased media coverage in the future.
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