Ulan Bator, June 14 (IANS): As part of the activity of placing the holy relic at Gandam Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju held a meeting with Khamba Nomun Khan (Khamba Lama) of Gandan Monastery. It was a reunion of old friends as the two met a few times in the past and Rijiju had the opportunity to welcome Khamba Lama to New Delhi.
During Monday’s meeting, Khamba Lama mentioned the ancient traditional relations between India and Mongolia in which Buddhism has played an important role over the years.
He referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings on non-violence which he said the world should learn from, especially when there is violence, conflict and lawlessness in some parts of the world. He also referred to the huge role played by Ambassador Kushak Bakula, who was India’s envoy to Mongolia in the 1990s and introduced Buddhism in its modern form from which Mongolia had grown detached for years after. the communist regime.
Khamba Lama mentioned the Buddha statue which was donated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few years ago and which came through the pandemic period supporting and blessing the Mongolian people. He mentioned the change in Buddhist teachings which historically came from Tibet and now came from India.
Khamba Lama also mentioned India’s assistance in setting up the oil refinery in Mongolia, which will certainly have a significant impact on the country’s economy. He said Mongolia relies on India as a reliable nation that follows a policy of balance in international relations and also in Asia. He appreciated the fact that the relic was brought to Mongolia on a wonderful, big plane.
Rijiju recalled his visits to Mongolia in the past and the friendship he had developed with prominent leaders across the country.
He mentioned the significance of the Buddha relic and expressed his satisfaction that he was able to personally accompany the relic. He reiterated that the relic does not usually travel abroad, but this time it was decided not only to bring the relic to Mongolia, but also to make it available to the Mongolian people to pay their respects during the next 11 days.
The minister mentioned that this visit gave him the opportunity to keep in touch with his friends in Mongolia through the Buddhist circuit and also to further strengthen the relations between the two countries.
He especially thanked Khamba Lama for the crucial role he played in linking the people of the two nations.
Rijiju also mentioned that the relationship between the two countries is strong and versatile and has stood the test of time. This, he said, was mainly due to the genuine friendship and understanding that existed between the peoples and leaders of the two countries.
He said that besides Buddhism, there are several other areas of cooperation that will enable a strong bond between the two countries.