Year-long birth centenary celebrations of Kushok Bakula from May 19: CEC

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, Apr 12: The birth centenary celebrations of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, the architect of modern Ladakh, will be celebrated throughout the year in Ladakh and the main function will be held on May 19 at historic Pologround here.
This was decided in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC, Leh Dr Sonam Dawa Lonpo. The meeting was attended by Executive Councilor for Works Drojey Motup, Executive Councilor for Animal and Sheep Husbandry Mumtaz Hussain, district level officers headed by Deputy Commissioner Leh Prasanna Ramaswamy, monks of Spituk Monastery headed by Geshe Konchok Wangdus and Dr Sonam Wangchok, Secretary HCHF.
The CEC invited suggestions from the stakeholders to finalize the year long programme and stressed on highlighting the contributions and principle values of Rinpoche especially among younger generation. He also directed Joint Director Education Tashi Dolma to chalk out a year-long calendar for all the schools of Leh district to organize events like debates, symposium, skits, panting etc related with the life and contribution of Bakula Rinpochey.
To declare November 4 (Nirvena of Rinpoche) as State Holiday, CEC assured to take up the demand with State Government strongly. He directed SE PWD Tashi Chombel to complete the ongoing road construction works by May 19.
It was decided to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi as chief guest on May 19 to inaugurate the yearlong centenary celebration and if PM could not be convinced for the programme, the Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari followed by Governor N N Vohra will be invited as chief guest.
The main function will be organized at Leh Polo Ground where different religious and political leaders will address public about the unparalleled contributions of late Bakula Rinpoche. Likewise, digital photo exhibitions will be held in the Indoor Stadium and short movies on the life of Rinpoche will be screened at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra Leh.