About the Campaign & the Team

The Campaign

Bharat Ratna for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is an appeal initiated by the students of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in India.

We believe that Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, is an icon of all that is good in the world, and strives everyday to reinforce the human values that can make sentient beings happy. Values of brotherhood, ahimsa, karuna and compassion, kindness and forgiveness.

Through this initiative we are making a formal appeal to the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi ji to nominate, and the President of India, Sri. Ram Nath Kovind ji, to confer the next Bharat Ratna on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

The initiative is steered under the guidance of Dr. Anita Kamath Dudhane and Dr. (Prof) Renuka Singh. The initiative is supported by students and followers around the world of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama who have taken small and big tasks to make this program a success.

This initiative calls all citizens of India to participate in a voting process that supports the appeal for the nomination and conferring of the next Bharat Ratna on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

Voting Process

The voting process is both online and offline.

Online

Voters can access the voting page on the website and other links and cast their vote in support of the appeal. (Image of the voting page linking to the voting site) (address)

Offline

Voters without an internet facility can give a missed call to +91 6767676767 to register their vote for the appeal

Who can vote?

This voting is open to all Indians within and outside the country.

Voting Period - Start & End Dates

The campaign starts on 3 March 2022, Thursday and ends on 6 July 2022, Wednesday

How many votes

We would like all the citizens of India to vote and hear from 1 billion + people. We need a minimum of 20 million votes.

After the voting period

Post the voting period, we would be seeking an audience with our Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi ji, to submit our humble appeal to nominate His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso for the next Bharat Ratna and the citizen’s support in the initiative.

Data Usage

When you participate in the voting process, you will be giving us consent to use your name and email address in support of the appeal, when we present it to the PMO.

Our Privacy Policy

The information that you share during the voting process will not be shared for any other purpose other than this initiative.

About Us

We, the following, students, friends and admirers of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso have undertaken this initiative for the conferment of the Bharat Ratna on Him.

Dr. Anita Kamat Dudhane

Dr Anita Kamath Dudhane is a physician who specializes in Allergies and Clinical Immunology, and lives in Goa. After her initial medical training in India she did her postgraduate studies in New York Medical College, receiving a MD/PhD. She is also involved in various community projects such as the Voluntary Health Association of Goa which brings health to rural communities and is currently working on introducing Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning in educational institutions in Goa.

Dr. (Prof) Renuka Singh

Professor Renuka Singh (Retd.) is a Sociologist from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been working in the field of Gender Studies, Diaspora and Buddhist Studies for over four decades and travels extensively delivering lectures at various seminars and Universities abroad. She has been associated with Womenʼs Studies Centre, Delhi University, Centre for Social Research, and was a Research Fellow at Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women at Oxford University. She was also a Senior U G C Fellow and is currently the Director of Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, New Delhi, and the Chairperson of Punjabi Sahitya Sabha , New Delhi. She has authored and edited several articles and books that have been translated into many languages of the world. Some of the titles are: The Womb of Mind, Women Reborn, The Path to Tranquillity, The Transformed Mind, Many Ways to Nirvana, The Path of the Buddha, Becoming Buddha, Dalai Lamaʼs Little Book of Buddhism, Dual Identity:Indian Diaspora and Other Essays, Boundless As the Sky, Dalai Lamaʼs Little Book of Mysticism, and The Little Book of Encouragement.

Dr. Kaveri Gill

Dr Kaveri Gill is a Cambridge-trained academic, who lives and teaches in India.

Deepthy Chandrashekhar

Deepthy is a drama teacher and a dharma student based in Bangalore, India.

Fariza Hussain

Fariza Hussain is a marketing professional and currently engaged in consultancy with non profit organizations. She is also a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming trainer and a leadership coach.

Radha Radhakrishnan

Radha Radhakrishnan is a communications professional and an entrepreneur based in Bengaluru. She is also a podcast host

Elroy Fernandes

Elroy is an urban gardener, works in the communication industry and is based in Goa.

Lokesh Jindal

Lokesh is a student of Nalanda philosophy. He is an engineer (IIT Bombay) and MBA by education and works as a Director of a Japanese company in India. His interests include Indian philosophy, traveling, and chess. He lives in Gurugram with wife and two sons.

Rhyma Hussain

Rhyma is a photographer and graphic designer. She specializes in content curation for social media brands. Her passion lies in documenting cultures of the Northeast of India.

Stuti Jiandani

Stuti is a User Experience Designer based in Bangalore. She is passionate about creating rich, meaningful, and valuable experiences that inspire growth, using the power of art and design.

Sakshi Yadav

Sakshi is a visual artist based in Bangalore, currently working in the advertising sector. She is particularly drawn to community-based projects as well as uses personal experiences to build visual narratives.

Shail Yadav

Shail is a recent management graduate with a marketing specialization who will be joining a master's degree in marketing in the United Kingdom. She possesses strong communication abilities, as well as a knack for public speaking and an eye for design

Utsav Gokani

Utsav is a content strategist, who specializes in humanizing brands with content and building online communities. He loves playing tennis and running marathons.

Jasraj Padhye

Award-winning filmmaker with over 9 years of comprehensive experience developing exceptional content for digital platforms with strong proficiency in marketing and project management.

Mudita Mathur

Mudita Mathur is a graphic designer and consultant living in Dharamshala where she dabbles in illustrations, writing and gardening.

Sonam Angmo

Sonam Angmo is a student from Leh Ladakh who is pursuing a masters program in Anthropology. She likes supporting the work of developmental organizations. She likes reading books, singing and learning new things.

Mrinalini Manish Nigde

Mrinali Nigde is a homemaker, who volunteers with Tenzin Osel Hita's projects under Universal Clear Light.

Nitin Vaidhya

Nitin Vaidya is a Business Continuity expert with an American IT MNC. Besides job, he translates books from English to Hindi as a hobby. A lover of Indian classical music, he is also interested in Indian Philosophy and Spirituality.

Bhavani Prakash

Bhavani Prakash is an alumni of IIM Calcutta, and formerly a corporate trainer. She is currently studying Buddhist Philosophy with Tibet House and Logic & Debate at ILTK Italy.

Nishita Mohta

Nishita is an architect turned visual artist & project manager, who's work focuses on creative processes. She writes about the fears and mindblocks which influence creatives in her project Vaccines For Fear

Reshma Piramal

Reshma Piramal co-heads operations at SEE Learning India. The SEE Learning Program® is Emory University's K-12 education program that promotes Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning in educators and their students.

She is committed to fostering a compassionate culture in schools through training of teachers and their students. She is a Developmental Speech and Language Therapist by training.

Reshma is the Co-Chair of UNESCO MGIEP's Global Working Committee for SEL

Gratitude

Our gratitude to all the people who have helped us with this project

Our deepest gratitude to all our advisors,

His Eminence Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Dorji Damdul, Geshe Jinpa, Geshe Zotpa

Venerables Tenzin Paldron, Venerable Minakshi Sircar, Venerable Tashi Choedup

(Late) Shakti Sinha, Malay Sinha,

FPMT in India team, Flowering Dharma team, IBC Team.

Eric Traub, Ravi Varma

Ranjit Walia, Renuak Singh from Walia and Co

Balbir Madhopuri, Subhash Neerav, Deep Narayan Chaterjee

Deepesh Thakur, Kabir Carlyle Saxena, Aman Bansal, Shanti Yajnik,

Swathy Sekhar Anand, Kanchan Joseph, Sowmya Naik, Vishnu Rao, Manogna Nagaraj, Tejal Shah, Shubhangi and Suresh, Levi Harish, Zafer Moiuddin, Maahir Moiuddin, Danndapani,, Bhaskar Dutta Baruah, Dipankar Khanna

Jesu Dominic, Balaji Balasubramanyam, Jeyesh Pisharadi, Nalini Ratnam, Suchitra Narayana, Bill Kane, Paolo Regis

Our ambassadors in each state - Bidyut, Jeyesh Pisahrody, Suresh Sankisa, Suresh Yashvant Karnik, Rashaana Shah, Shubhangi Suresh Karnik, Siddhit Tamba, Youdon Aukatsang, Pravin Sakya Baudha, Narendra Baudha.

K C Sekhar, Ravi Dudhane, Ben Ahmed, Radha Krishnan, Nakul Radha Krishnan, Rimpi and Keshav Jindal and other family members of all our volunteers, and all our well wishers.