Indian President Dr. Prasad, on day two of a six-day State visit to Ceylon, was?
Indian President Dr. Prasad, on day two of a six-day State visit to Ceylon, was filmed June 17 by VISNEWS at Colombo inaugurating Ceylon's first Buddhist university - and receiving the honorary doctorate of law.
A procession headed by the university's vice-chancellor, included yellow-robed clean-shaven Buddhist monks - one bearing an urn containing Buddha relics. Among guests were Cabinet Ministers, Mr. Marikkan and Mrs. Wimala Wijeywardent.
Ceylon's Governor General Sir Oliver conferred the doctor of law honoris causa on the Indian visitor, who is a doctor of law in his own right.
Ceylon's Prime Minister, Solomon Bandaranaike also received the degree.
The ceremony ended as Dr. Prasad presented a painting depicting the facets of Buddha's life to the University's President, who in return gave the visitor a silver and ivory casket to commemorate his visit to the 84-year-old seat of Buddhist learning in Ceylon.
Dr. Prasad returned to India June 22.
On June 21, Tibet's "God-king", the Dalai Lama, accused the Chinese of deliberately attempting to exterminate Buddhism. Giving his first Press Conference since fleeing to India, the Dalai Lama said that event he Lord Buddha had been classified as a "reactionary element". More than 1,000 monasteries had been destroyed and many lamas imprisoned in a full-scale campaign against the Tibetans.