Dimple Arora reports on Dalai Lama receiving the 1959 Ramon Magsaysay Award
In 1959, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, one of Asia’s most prestigious awards, was presented to the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, for his selfless dedication and contributions to promoting international understanding and goodwill.
At the time, the Dalai Lama was living in exile in India after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950. Despite being forced to flee his homeland, the Dalai Lama remained committed to promoting peace, compassion, and nonviolence around the world.
Throughout his life, the Dalai Lama has been an advocate for human rights and religious freedom, and has worked tirelessly to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding. He has also been a vocal advocate for environmental sustainability and has spoken out on issues such as climate change and the importance of preserving our planet for future generations.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is named after the late Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, who was known for his commitment to public service and his efforts to promote democracy and social justice in his country. The award is presented annually to individuals or organizations in Asia who have made outstanding contributions to the betterment of their societies.
The award presented to the Dalai Lama in 1959 recognized his tireless efforts to promote peace, understanding, and compassion in a world torn apart by conflict and division. Today, more than six decades later, his message of hope and unity continues to inspire people around the world, and his legacy lives on as a beacon of light in dark times.