is to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated August 13,
2001 addressed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama regarding
your intention to set up an International Forum for India’s
Heritage. Although His Holiness has not had the time to
go through the notes you had sent, His Holiness feels the
concept behind the forum, as explained in your letter, is
similar to what he has believed in. Whether it is the Indians,
Tibetans or others if we are concerned about the preservation
of our cultural heritages we ourselves must make the effort.
If we ourselves can retain our cultural values then we do
not need to fear about cultural invasions from other cultures.
This is also one of the objectives of your International
Forum for India’s Heritage. His Holiness also likes
the idea that this will be a forum for eminent and respected
Indians to come and act together.
“Your idea of introducing the basic values of the
Indian heritage in the Indian educational system is also
an idea that His Holiness shares. His Holiness believes
that if we have to preserve and cultivate human values and
our cultural heritage we need to do this from the very beginning
which is from the homes and educational institutions. I
am therefore happy to inform you that His Holiness supports
your idea about the International Forum for India’s
(received from the Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai