The Former Union Defense Minister and prominent supporter of Tibetan cause, Shri George Fernandes' 87th birthday was held at his residence on June 3, 2017.
The secretary of Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, Tsewang Gyalpo Arya delivered the birthday greetings from the President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, and the Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok.
Dr. Lobsang Sangay's message reads: "On behalf of my colleagues in the Kashag and the Tibetans in and outside Tibet, I wish you all the life's blessings and positive karma.... Your steadfast contributions will be etched in the memory of Tibetans and the history of Tibet."
The message from the Deputy Speaker reads: "You have always considered the issue of Tibet as global concern and we, the Tibetan people would like to thank you for the motivation and inspiration that really encourages us to carry forward our just cause."
Mr. Lekyi Dorje, head of the Tibetan community in Delhi presented a Buddha statue to thank his unwavering support for the Tibetan cause.
The health of former Defense Minister George Fernandes who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease is deteriorating day by day, and has been away from politics and public limelight since 2010.
In 1998 as a defense minister, he said that for India, "China is the potential threat No. 1."
He founded the Samata Party in 1994, which later merged with Janta Dal United. The party currently holds power in India's Bihar state.