LEH: In order to organise the 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Birth Centenary celebrations, an Organising Committee, headed by Prof Geshe Konchok Wangdu, comprising of religious and political heads of Leh, scholars and experts from different fields was formed at a meeting held here on Tuesday.
Chaired by the Chog-zhi Lama Ven Lobzang Tsering, the meeting was attended by heads of religious organisations, scholars, monks and experts from different fields.
Considering the immense contributions and countless enlightened and meritorious activities of late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, it had already been decided that the inaugural function of the Birth Centenary will be organised by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) on 19th May, 2017 and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will be invited to inaugurate the centenary celebration.
The main function will be organised at Leh Polo Ground wherein different religious and political leaders will address public about late Bakula’s contribution to the nation. Besides the inaugural function of 19th May, different programmes and educational activities throughout the year by different organizations, religious communities, village communities, schools and colleges have been scheduled.
The proposed year long programme includes plays on the life and contributions of late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, photo exhibition in different regions of Ladakh, different activities in schools and colleges, seminars, revival of Argon Archery (Dartses), film festival, cultural programmes and collection of audio and video archives. Likewise, the long term proposal includes setting up of a museum to be named after late Rinpoche and an art and research centre dedicated to the late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, inclusion of a chapter on Kushok Bakula Rinpoche in school text books through J&K Board of School Education, naming CIBS and Sindhu Sanskriti Auditorium Hall after Kushok Bakula Rinpoche and an award be instituted in the name of late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche by LAHDC Leh to be conferred annually on the Independence Day to an individual for his/her extraordinary contribution to Ladakh.
Kushok Bakula Rinpochey is considered as the architect of modern Ladakh because on the pursuance of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Bakula had to step into politics in 1949 out of compulsion to serve the region.
In the subsequent years and decades he held several ministerial posts in the J and K Government and later elected unopposed as Lok Sabha MP from Ladakh for two terms. He also served Indian Ambassador in Mongolia from 1990 to 2000. Late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche is also admired for his contribution to revive Buddhism in Mongolia and also to bring India and Mongolia closer. Kushok Bakula Rinpoche’s passing away in 2003 was seen as an end of an era in Ladakh.
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