A star in the Cyberspace - over 12 million fans following him on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, the Dalai Lama revered as demy god by his people, the number of his admirers from all age groups is set to shoot up many fold as the spiritual leader is now a hero in Comic world.
Dalai Lama: The Soldier of Peace - a comic book chronicling the life story of world face of half a century old Tibetan freedom struggle, Lhamo Dhondup aka Tenzin Gyatso aka His Holiness hit the market with its release this week.
The comic book, retold by noted Indian author and journalist, Vijay Kranti and illustrations by Shodhon was released on Tuesday, August 6 in an inaugural function in Dharamsala. The book is price at Rs. 350.
According to the author the comic book is suitable for readers from all age groups and is dedicated to the 1.2 million Tibetans who died under Chinese occupation and towards the hard work of Tibet support groups all over the world.
The comic book depicts how the Tibetan monks search out the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama, the intriguing relationship between Tibet and China; how Tibet was occupied; the thrilling escape of the spiritual leader into exile and what makes him most celebrated and charming personality in the present era of human history.
“Even though the life story of His Holiness has been told numerous times, retelling this story is crucial as it underlines the great contributions of the Nobel laureate towards proving the power of peace and non-violence,” said author Vijay Kranti on the release of the book.
Maintaining that the messages espoused by the Nobel Laureate has been embraced by hundreds of communities across the world who are struggling for justice, Kranti hoped to instill in people the goodness of love and compassion through this comic book.
It is worth mentioning here that the Dalai Lama already has 12 million fans following him on cyberspace including 5,322590 followers on twitter.
Likewise, on Facebook the Nobel peace Laureate had 7, 439,089 likes to his page on Facebook. The number of his followers has gone up by around 3 million in a year.
About The Author
Vijay Kranti is a journalist, photographer and a Tibetologist. Kranti’s 40 years long photographic study of Tibet is acclaimed for its aesthetic and documentation value.
He has presented over a dozen photo-exhibitions on Tibet in India and many other countries. His other books on the Dalai Lama include a coffee table book titled Dalai Lama Speaks and the Hindi edition spiritual leader’s autobiography Freedom in Exile.