Kangana Ranaut’s Mumbai office became the site of a protest after she shared a meme on social media about the Dalai Lama and US President Joe Biden. Although she referred to it as a harmless joke, her post prompted a group of Buddhist individuals to stage a sit-in outside her Pali Hill office.
The meme featured a viral video of the Dalai Lama kissing a child on the lips during a public gathering in February. In response, Kangana clarified her intentions and expressed her respect for the Buddha’s teachings and the Dalai Lama’s service to the public. She also urged the protesters to end their demonstration and avoid standing in the harsh heat.
Kangana Ranaut wrote,
“A group of Buddhist people doing dharna outside my office in Pali Hill, I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, it was a harmless joke about Biden being friends with Dalai Lama….please don’t misunderstand my intentions (folded hands emoji).”
She also added,
“I do believe in Buddha’s teachings and his holiness 14th Dalai Lamba has spent his whole life in public service….I had nothing against anyone…don’t stand in the harsh heat please go home.”
The public response to the viral video of the Dalai Lama kissing a child on the lips was mixed, with some people criticizing the spiritual leader for his actions. The incident took place during a public gathering at the Tsuglagkhang temple in Dharamsala, where a young boy asked if he could hug the Dalai Lama.
The spiritual leader invited the child up to the platform where he was seated and gestured to his cheek, after which the child kissed him before hugging him. The Dalai Lama then reportedly asked the child to kiss him on the lips and stuck out his tongue, which drew some criticism from viewers.
The incident sparked an online meme fest, with many sharing their reactions to the video. Eventually, the Dalai Lama apologized for his behavior, acknowledging that he had made a mistake and did not intend to cause offense.