HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Bouddhanath Area Development Committee, local clubs and various community service centres today organised a peace rally in the aftermath of self-immolation committed by a Tibetan monk on the premises of Bouddhanath Stupa a month ago.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life participated in the rally with banners and placards sporting peace messages.
The rally was staged to restore the dignity of Bouddhanath Stupa as a peace zone in the wake of February 13 self-immolation against the Chinese rule in Tibet on the premises of the holy site, organisers said.
The incident has sent a panic wave among the peace-loving people. “Therefore, we decided to organise a rally to maintain the image and historical significance of the holy site among the Buddhists and non-Buddhists,” Jaya Mangal Lama, a member of the organising committee, said.
“We wish for peace to prevail in future,” he added. It is a matter of concern that some people have been operating anti-religious activities in the holy site in contravention of the Buddhism, the organisers lamented. The pace rally, which originated from Bouddha, went round various parts of the City before culminating in front of the stupa gate.